Museum of Wisconsin Art Hours

Plan Your Visit

Welcome to MOWA—the defining museum of American art seen through the lens of a single state.

The museum’s permanent collection represents more than three hundred artists, spans two hundred years of history, and includes over five thousand works of art in every imaginable medium. Informed by the region’s cultural heritage and diverse population, MOWA is a vibrant hub for contemporary artists, socially relevant exhibitions, and pioneering member initiatives.



205 Veterans Avenue

West Bend, WI 53095

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Mon, Tues: Closed
Wed–Sun: 9:30–4:00

Holiday Closures
Closed New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day


Free public parking available

Entrance Fees

ONE | adult


TWO | adults


CREW | family



  • Wheelchair Accessible*
  • Stroller Accessible
  • Ramps & Electronic Doors

*Wheelchairs available for use Wed-Sun: 9:30am–4:00pm


A network of locations & community partners.

You can find MOWA around the state with two permanent venues—the West Bend “Mothership” and MOWA | DTN in downtown Milwaukee—and two partnering community organizations that make its programs and collections accessible and free.

MOWA | West Bend

The Mothership



MOWA on the Lake


MOWA | Governor’s Residence


Learn about Wisconsin art—request a tour

Our expert guides share background information about artists, present social and historical contexts, and suggest connections to everyday life.

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Explore West Bend and the Surrounding Area

MOWA is more than a museum—it’s a destination in the heart of historic West Bend. Surrounded by award-winning restaurants, boutique shopping, and scenic trails, there’s something for everyone from families to foodies to fitness fanatics.

As a MOWA member, you’ll receive perks such as the Community Discount Program that opens local doors to discounts. Learn more

Nibble & Sip

Shop Like a Locavore

Attractions & Activities

Hike + Bike

Stay the Night

= Community Discount Program Business


Shop Online

Your one-stop shop to find covet-worthy items for every occasion.

The MOWA Shop offers a unique, artist-driven array of products and gifts at every price point, from museum-branded items to objects for the home to artist-made exclusives. Every purchase benefits museum programming and the artists you love.

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Have questions?

We’ve got the answers.

Is it safe to visit the museum during COVID?

We care deeply about the health and safety of our members and staff. To help ensure that safety, we follow current CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health recommendations. At this time masks are OPTIONAL.

How much does it cost to visit?

Your admission fee as low as $15 is actually a low-cost membership that gives you an entire year of access to the museum’s exhibitions, programs, and events. Learn more on our membership page.

Can I purchase tickets in advance?

At MOWA, we do things a little differently. Your entrance fee is actually a low-cost membership that gives you an entire year of access to the museum’s exhibitions, programs, and events. Join or renew prior to your visit for touch-free check-in.

I just joined online and don’t have a member card yet. When can I visit?

Immediately. Our Member Services Team will hand you a member card when you arrive. Enjoy your visit!

What’s the easiest way to get to MOWA?

What’s the easiest way to get to MOWA?

From North (Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, Appleton)
(From US-41 South)
Take exit 72
Turn left on WI-33 E
Turn right onto Veterans Ave
Museum is on the left

From South (Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha)
(From US-45)
Slight right to stay on US-45 N (follow signs for West Bend)
Take exit 71 Turn right onto W Washington St/WI-33
Turn right onto Veterans Ave
Museum is on the left

From East (Port Washington, Saukville)
(From WI-33)
Follow WI-33 W into West Bend
Turn left onto Veterans Ave
Museum is on the left

From West (Beaver Dam, Horicon, Madison)
(From WI-33)
Follow US-151 Northeast for 40 miles and take exit 132 (from Madison)
Turn right onto WI-33 E
Turn right onto Veterans Ave
Museum is on the left

Where can I park?

You can park in the free public lot just south of the museum or on the street along Veterans Avenue. You can even leave your car there while you explore downtown West Bend after your visit with us.

Is the museum wheelchair accessible?

Yes. MOWA’s galleries, offices, restrooms, and public spaces are all wheelchair accessible.

What else is there to do in West Bend?

West Bend and the surrounding Washington County offers a variety of activities. Learn more