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About Us


Overture Center for the Arts is a stunning architectural landmark in the heart of Madison’s thriving cultural arts district.  In addition to housing ten resident organizations and presenting more than 200 performances, art exhibitions, and educational and community events each year, Overture offers a variety of venues for performances, corporate meetings, conventions, trade shows, weddings, banquets, and receptions.



To engage the community in the arts, we will:

  • Present a broad spectrum of high-quality performing arts programming
  • Develop audiences for the arts through high quality outreach and programming
  • Advance the missions of resident arts organizations
  • Advocate for the development of the arts in the community
  • Provide a world-class forum for diverse artistic expression


Facility at a glance

  • Located in downtown Madison, Wisconsin
  • 380,000 total square feet of space
  • Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Cesar Pelli
  • Spans the 200 block of famous State Street
  • Home to ten resident arts organizations
  • Includes seven performance venues, diverse meeting spaces, and multiple art galleries designed with patron safety and accessibility in mind
  • Ample restrooms available on each level of the building, including seven family-assist restrooms
  • Near the State Capitol, University of Wisconsin-Madison, museums, shops, and restaurants
  • Conveniently located on major downtown public bus lines
  • Situated between two major city parking structures, with more than 1,400 total parking spaces
  • Within walking distance of several major hotels with more than 1,000 total guest rooms


Building Hours
Overture Center is open to the public during the following times:
Monday – Thursday
9 AM – 5:30 PM
9 AM – 9 PM
10 AM – 9 PM
12 PM – 5 PM

The building may be open earlier or later, depending on our event schedule. Our ticket office opens at 11 AM Monday through Saturday, but is only open on Sunday if we have a performance scheduled.

We are closed on the following holidays:

New Year's Eve
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day