Hidden History Walking Tours Special Event

Hidden History of Madison's Culinary Culture

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

6-7:30 pm

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Cardinal Hotel Bar

Interior of Cardinal Hotel Bar, 416-418 E. Wilson Street View the original source document: WHI 15209

Madison’s thriving food and drink culture is embedded in its history. This tour will focus on the stories behind the city’s restaurant and tavern scenes ranging from Madison’s early days through today. We will talk about the colorful characters who owned downtown dining and drinking establishments, the many people they served, and how these places have changed over the years.

This tour meets in front of the Wisconsin Historical Museum (30 N. Carroll Street) and covers approximately 1.6 miles on city sidewalks. Participants may be asked to stand for extended periods of time. Tour will take place rain or shine! Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. 

Register today! Drop-in spots are limited and not guaranteed. 

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Additional Walking Tour Dates

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The Flavor of Wisconsin

Join the Wisconsin Historical Society's celebration of flavors that connect us to our diverse heritage in the most delicious way. With exhibitions, demonstrations, tours, and tastes around the state, The Flavor of Wisconsin brings to life the history and living traditions that make us who we are. See all our flavorful events here.


Wisconsin Historical Museum
Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 N Carroll St
Madison, WI 53703

Location Information

Four floors of changing exhibit galleries, permanent exhibits and the museum store ― located on Madison's Capitol Square

Accessibility Information

The site is fully accessible to visitors requiring a wheelchair for mobility.