Capitalizing on Good Times & Getaways

By: Amy Beck, marketing and communications manager on February 6th, 2019

Time is valuable, so investing it well with those you love is important. Who do you trust when deciding how to spend your time? Recommendations – both in person and online – from people you know and who share your interests help winnow best options from many choices.

In the wake of family members’ recent college graduations – one from a graduate program at the University of Alberta in Canada – my husband and I are in a new phase: a perhaps brief window of time when our three “kids” and spouses are in Wisconsin. When we can manage to triangulate and coordinate schedules for group gatherings, we seek and seize those opportunities.

Bundled up, strolling among ice sculptures in the Third Ward

The time together and how we spend it are key. Activities that have us connecting with one another in fun, engaging ways build priceless memories. Also, when taking any excursions – including Wisconsin day trips – travel and restaurant or grocery tabs are inevitable, for voyagers and hosts alike. So activities like visiting the Woodson Art Museum – always delightfully engaging and admission free – are doubly attractive.

Vasarely-themed fun in Art Park, the Museum’s interactive family gallery

During a recent day trip to Milwaukee to visit our oldest son and his wife, I would’ve loved to pack along a portable Woodson Art Museum visit! Instead, I pulled a cell phone from my pocket and searched TripAdvisor for things to do.

Whether traveling to Wausau, hosting others here, or a tourist in your own hometown, TripAdvisor is a go-to source for many. Like those who interact with the Woodson Art Museum’s digital guestbook in the main entrance, people choose to take a few minutes to share their thoughts – offering glimpses of what others can expect.

Here are highlights from recent TripAdvisor reviews and other comments, including what visitors are saying about Victor Vasarely: Op Art Master, on view through February 24.

Vasarely artwork, on view through Feb. 24

TripAdvisor: “Victor Vasarely exhibit is worth the visit. Having some of the works of Victor Vasarely here in Wausau is remarkable. The Op Art Master’s serigraphs can only be experienced and explored at a museum. This is a great opportunity for the Wausau community to experience the kinetic art of 124 pieces of artwork.”

Facebook review: “We didn’t know about this museum (or the town of Wausau for that matter) until we stopped for the night en route to Duluth. We toured the museum in the morning before getting on the road again. It’s a gem! Loved the outside and the inside. We were particularly charmed by the bird art. Great staff there, too.”

Museum’s digital guestbook: “All of the really great art here inspires me.”

TripAdvisor: “Fantastic place to visit. Very family friendly with creative space for kids. Excellent exhibitions, including world famous Birds in Art each fall. Very nice outdoor sculpture garden.”

TripAdvisor: “My 8-year-old granddaughter and I go to the museum every time they change exhibitions. She loves it. We enjoy our time together. We love the children’s section. We put the puzzles together. I always take pictures, this time she started taking pictures. We love the museum very much.”

Facebook review: “Walkable, clean, interesting, interactive art for all ages.”

TripAdvisor: “Great museum. A visit to this museum is always free. They have rotating exhibitions throughout the year that change approximately every three months. In addition, they have a wonderful permanent collection. The museum specializes in birds and art. The average visit probably takes about 90 minutes. If the weather permits, there is also a nice outdoor collection.”

Museum’s digital guestbook: “Always new. Always more opportunities to learn & create.”

Facebook review: “Exhibitions are always top notch. There is always something informative going on from art talks to Art Park with activities for the whole family to participate in. It’s a beautiful venue.”

TripAdvisor: “Lovely space, inside & out, great art displays. We enjoyed the outside art sculptures as well as the extensive indoor displays. The building itself is beautiful, airy in feel & well-maintained & the staff was very kind.”

TripAdvisor: “What a surprise! We never would have expected to find a world-class museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. Birds in Art is an outstanding exhibition. The museum’s collection is also exceptional. We highly recommend it to any bird-lover and every art-lover!”

Museum’s digital guestbook: “Always wonderful.”

I don’t claim to be impartial; I adore the Woodson Art Museum. Take it from visitors, and seize the day – only sixteen days remain to experience Victor Vasarely: Op Art Master – to capitalize on opportunities to deepen connections with those you love.

Visitors playing board games in the galleries


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