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Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

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Address: 700 N 12th St, Franklin & Twelfth Streets, Wausau, WI 54403-5007
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Tue - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
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Totally Free!

We were startled and pleased that there was no cost, even with the guide. Great place, warm friendly people

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were startled and pleased that there was no cost, even with the guide. Great place, warm friendly people

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Amy B, marketing and communications manager at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for expressing your appreciation for the Woodson Art Museum's ongoing commitment to always free admission, a crucial part of the Museum's dedication to providing barrier-free access to exceptional visual arts experiences for all. More 

Wausau, Wisconsin
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Famous among certain art afficinados mainly for their annual juried 'Birds in Art' show every fall this beautiful museum in a quiet part of Wausau has some other stellar attractions. Their sculpture garden (in a wooded area) is very good with some delightful sculptures including 2 bears playing/wrestling. There are permanent exhibitions and long term exhibitions, e.g. a focus on... More 

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Amy B, marketing and communications manager at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, responded to this review

What lovely comments you've shared; thank you for doing so. We hope you'll continue to spread the word and return often with family and friends. More 

Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

They had three different exhibits when I went, all of which were beautiful (especially on a dreary winter day). The staff was very friendly and enthusiastic about the artwork presented.

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Amy B, marketing and communciations manager at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, responded to this review

We're thrilled that you had a wonderful experience here; thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with others via this review and elsewhere. We hope you'll return often with friends and family. See snow sculptors in action this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28 & 29, always admission free, as they create their 27th snow sculpture at the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

We go almost every year and are never disappointed. Spectacular staff and volunteers. A must visit if in area!

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Amy B, marketing and communications manager at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, responded to this review

Your review made our day! Thanks so much for sharing your good words with others and encouraging them to visit often - always admission free. We hope you'll return as frequently as possible, too! More 

Chesterton
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

if you're in Wausau its a nice place to visit for an hour or so. My kids and i were turned off by the many sketches of roadkill though...they didn't think of it as artistic at all. Nice area for young children to try oragami or sketching downstairs.

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Amy B, marketing and communications manager at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, responded to this review

We hope you'll return to experience upcoming changing exhibitions in 2017 that include M.C. Escher: Reality and Illusions, Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Birds in Art 2017, Turning to Art in Wood, and Wild Fabrications. Although I'm not sure which sketches to which you're referring; the Museum strives to offer a wide array of changing and collection exhibition artwork to enhance lives... More 

Weston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Don't miss the opportunity to visit the LYW Art Museum when you are in central Wisconsin! I would encourage you to even go out of your way to make it happen. In particular, you will want to take in the Birds in Art exhibition which opens each September, bringing artists together from around the world to this premier juried exhibit... More 

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Amy B, marketing and communications manager at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, responded to this review

We greatly appreciate your encouraging others to experience all that's offered at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, always admission free, year-round. Thank you and we hope you'll continue to visit with others often! More 

Ringle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum has something to captivate everyone from young to old. The featured Art exhibits guide you through with an audio tour option, you can use one of the museum's iPods or download an app for you phone to hear descriptions and background information of the unique art on exhibit. On the lower level is a... More 

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Amy B, marketing and communications manager at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoy your time at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and thank you for sharing your great recommendations with others, highlighting the Museum's audio tour; Art Park, the Museum's interactive family gallery; and the sculpture garden and grounds. We invite you to visit often - always admission free - to discover new and ever-changing delights to... More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

This is heresy, I know, but: I'm not a huge fan of bird art - I mean, I can appreciate it but wouldn't travel 2 hours to see it. Their special traveling exhibitions however are OUTSTANDING and well worth the trip. Over the years I've seen exhibits of Picasso Ceramics, Trompe L'oeil, The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of... More 

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Amy B, marketing and communications manager at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, responded to this review

We're thrilled that you so thoroughly enjoy the variety of changing exhibitions at the Woodson Art Museum; thank you for continuing to share your enthusiasm with others! We especially appreciate these comments from you: "Their special traveling exhibitions however are OUTSTANDING and well worth the trip. . . . This is definitely worth a stop for anyone traveling on US-29... More 

Conroe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

I visit Wausau frequently and am always impressed and amazed that a town of this size has what is really a world-class art museum - especially if you love birds. The outdoor gardens are as impressive as the inside, too. It's free and just a lovely time.

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Amy B, marketing and communications manager at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments and for sharing your enthusiasm with others via this review here and elsewhere. We hope you'll return often and bring others during your frequent trips to Wausau! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

This is a great place. There is an incentives at the end for the kids. I like that they have the kids activity area at the end, otherwise we end up spending almost the whole time there. And The whole thing is very well put tighter! The gallery is beautifully laid out, It is an amazing space (I didn't know... More 

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Amy B, marketing and communications manager at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, responded to this review

We're thrilled that you discovered the Woodson Art Museum and hope you'll return with friends and family often - always admission free. Yes, Art Park, the interactive family gallery in the lower level, incorporates the themes of each changing exhibition into the hands-on activities that are engaging for all - the young and young at heart. Visit soon and often... More 

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