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Art

The Wausau area’s thriving arts community offers an intriguing variety of visual arts.  You can always count on a fascinating exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum, including their annual Birds in Art exhibition with more than 120 all-new original artworks from around the world interpreted in oil, watercolor, the graphic arts, bronze and stone.  A total of ten to twelve exhibitions throughout the year bring the world of art to north central Wisconsin at this always free museum.  The Center for the Visual Arts has rotating exhibits that showcase the works of local and regional artists in the Caroline S. Mark Gallery and the newly renovated Vault Gallery. The new Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art is already becoming a Central Wisconsin treasure, providing unique exhibits and experiences. WMOCA inspires visitors from throughout the nation to understand and appreciate the art of our time.

History

Few people have had as great an impact on Wausau/Central Wisconsin as Walter McIndoe.  When McIndoe arrived in the late 1840's, the area was called Big Bull Falls.  He played a major role in renaming the town Wausau, a Chippewa word meaning "a far away place," and became known himself as the Father of Wausau.

McIndoe was also instrumental in establishing Marathon County on February 9, 1850.  At that time the county stretched all the way to Lake Superior, and Wausau was named the county seat.  Today, Marathon County is the largest of Wisconsin’s 72 counties and continues to prosper from the efforts of those in the past.

Culture

If you are looking for some unique activities or culture you can find it here in Marathon County.  It's said that Marathon County has some of the most haunted places.  There are many theories behind the reported haunts, from granite and quartzite holding energy, to the rich history of the area. Wausau is also home to the Hmong Museum.  Located in the Wausau Center Mall, the museum tells the story of the Hmong culture and how they made their way into Central Wisconsin.  You can also visit the Wausau World Market, or check out the Hmong Festival in August.

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Black Purl Logo
715-843-7875
1102 North Third Street Wausau, 54403
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CenterStage Show Band & Show Choir on stage
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500 South 38th Avenue Wausau, 54401
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Central Wisconsin Children's Theater in Aladdin
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1485 Village Way Drive Mosinee, 54455
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C-308 Wausau Center Wausau, WI 54403
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401 North Fourth Street Wausau, 54403
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