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Arts and Theater in Wisconsin
Arts and theater lovers will find so much to do and love in the Badger State. The theater scene boasts opera and ballet companies, world-class symphonies, and a variety of professional dance and theater groups. And you can enjoy this at some of the nation’s top performing arts venues.
The Overture Center for the Arts is one of the premier arts centers in the Madison area and it has been host to several notable plays and musicals. Overture Hall is home to the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera, and Madison Ballet. And the Capitol Theater houses the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and CTM Madison Family Theatre.
The Milwaukee Arts Museum is home to a permanent collection of close to 20,000 pieces from ancient times to the art of today. The focus on 19th- and 20th-century American and European works, American and European folk art, contemporary art, Haitian art, and American decorative arts.
Also, in Milwaukee is the historic Pabst Theater. This landmark building is the fourth-oldest continuously operating theater in the United States and it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1991.
Overture Center For The Arts
A performing arts center and art gallery located in downtown Madison, the Overture Center for the Arts features seven venues and several art galleries. It is one of the premier arts centers in the Madison region and it has seen several notable plays and musicals, including The Lion King, The Nutcracker, The Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked.
Overture Hall is the Center's flagship venue and it can seat 2,251 people – it is home to the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera, and Madison Ballet. The Capitol Theater can seat 1,098 people and houses the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and CTM Madison Family Theatre.
Milwaukee Art Museum
Hosting over 350,000 annual visitors, the Milwaukee Art Museum is a 341,000-square-foot cultural site set on Lake Michigan in the greater Milwaukee area. Also known as MAM, the museum was established in 1882 – originally housed in the first art gallery of Milwaukee. Today, the Milwaukee Art Museum encompasses more than 35,000 works of art, and includes three structures – the War Memorial Center, the Kahler Building, and the Quadracci Pavilion.
The four-story MAM features works of art from the 15th to 20th century European art, and 17th to 20th century American art. Visitors may reach MAM from downtown Milwaukee by way of the Reiman Bridge.
Since 1895, the Pabst Theater has been home to wonderful theater productions. Brewer Frederick Pabst had this German Renaissance Revival style theater built to resemble a European opera house. This beautiful theater, a city landmark building in downtown Milwaukee, is the oldest theater in the theater district.
"The Pabst" remains the fourth-oldest continuously operating theater in America and it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1991. This opulent theater features incredible acoustics, two balconies, a proscenium stage, 1,345 seats, and a hydraulic orchestra pit.