Open House

Gallery Night

Friday, October 5, 2018

5:00 - 8:00 pm

EnlargeA statue in the Wisconsin Historical Society Lobby outside of the Auditorium.

'Forward' statue in the Wisconsin Historical Society Lobby, outside of the Auditorium.


Showcasing the city's vibrant arts community, Gallery Night is a long-time Madison tradition. Organized each spring and fall by MMoCA, Gallery Night offers art lovers and art novices alike an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of exhibitions, opening receptions, special events, and demonstrations at venues throughout the city. 

Come in and visit the Wisconsin Historical Society headquarters located on the east campus mall, downtown Madison.

Visit the Fourth Floor to see collection pieces from the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.  Take a peek behind the curtain and see treasures from the worlds of Hollywood, Broadway and TV that are rarely on public display.  Costumes designs from Edith Head and Dorothy Jeakins, Stephen Sondheim’s handwritten lyrics for West Side Story, scripts for classic TV shows and films such as Mildred Pierce, Citizen Kane, Bewitched, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show along with set designs, posters and even an Emmy award!  You can also be among the first to hear newly digitized recordings of Rod Serling dictating scripts for films and TV shows he wrote in the late 1960s.

Discover art and collections displayed throughout the four floors of the Wisconsin Historical Society's neoclassical building. View and learn about John Muir's clock, made during his time as a student at UW-Madison in 1860. Jean Miner's 'Forward' copper statue created for the Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago, The Centennial Mural, painted in 1948 to commemorate the centennial of Wisconsin statehood, and a wide array of historical oil portraitures and landscapes hanging in the marble stairwells and hallways representing the arc of diverse cultures from the state's past.


Wisconsin Historical Society Headquarters
816 State St
Madison, WI 53706

Location Information

Located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus at the corner of Langdon Street and Park Street, across from Memorial Union.

Accessibility Information

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