The Chazen Museum of Art is a great place to visit for fans of all kinds of art and no admission is charged. Photography is permitted for free also, flash use is prohibited and camera hand-held only. With advance notice, you can bring in a tripod and other equipment, or an easel of you want to paint your own painting!
This museum is also part of the University of Wisconsin campus. It originally was called the Elvehjem Art Center when it opened in 1970 and in 1978 changed to the Elvehjem Museum of Art. The adjoining new building was completed in 2011. Docents sometimes give tours to both small and large groups.
We have been here before for a music performance in 2013. A weekly event that was called “Live From the Chazen”, is no longer being performed. Today we were here to see the many art displays and we were impressed by the variety. Even the lobby (Paige Court) was beautiful, this is a view from the 2nd floor balcony.
We begin our tour in the Elvehjem building. Here are a few select pieces.
No art museum in Wisconsin would be complete without a few pieces by Frank Lloyd Wright, inspiration for Madison’s own Monona Terrace Convention Center.
This is his work, The Tree of Life, 1904
Even the catwalk joining the two buildings has art. This is
On the other side..
This is just a small sample of the many beautiful works of art here. You can browse the collections here on their website if you can’t see them in person. A great place to visit if you come to Madison.
Allen Centennial Gardens is another public garden in Madison that we don’t get to often enough. It is a “classroom” on the UW Campus for students and volunteers. Al went there in the spring during the UW Family Gardening Day this year. In mid-summer, I finally got here! All the flowers were in full bloom and very beautiful. The Victorian house was built around 1890. They change their “theme” in the garden each year. In 2014 the theme was “25th Anniversary Celebration” and dancers decorated the garden.
The first garden near the house, Sally’s Garden, named after generous benefactor Sally Bilder.
Behind the house is the Ornamental Shade Garden and the Wisconsin Woodland Garden. There is a commemorative plaque on a rock in that garden.
Views out in the main part of the gardens.
The gazebo and red bridge as seen from the round Lawn garden.
A closer view.
Even a sundial, it was actually noon at the time but it would be correct in Standard time, not Daylight Savings time.
Birds find plenty of places to take a bath here.
Czech Crevice Garden
The French Garden
Some shade for a hot summer day.
I had a great visit here and plan on coming back more often. It is open year-round to visitors.
Al and found this garden quite by accident while taking a bike ride on a warm spring day. I have lived here 29 years and never noticed it since this is what it looks like from the street. It does not have a parking lot, so you have to find somewhere nearby to park, bus, or bike. The address is 1085 University Ave.
What a beautiful garden, especially since the redbud trees were blooming by then. They have an Eastern Redbud.
Also a Saucer Magnolia to the right of the Gazebo.
They also have a Newton Apple Tree, a descendant of the tree purported to have dropped an apple on Sir Issac Newton’s head, leading to his discovery of gravity.
Here is an exotic Red Crown Imperial from Turkey.
There are many more flowers to see, plus some artwork.
What a nice garden, and one that may not be as well-known as some others in Madison.