Franklin and 12th Sts., Wausau
Artwork inspired by nature is the specialty of this museum, which is housed in a gabled brick residence resembling a comfortable country house and large modern galleries that offer a striking contrast to the home’s more intimate spaces.
Visitors strolling through the beautifully landscaped 11/2-acre sculpture garden and surrounding gardens and grounds will discover nearly two dozen sculptures invitingly placed for viewing.
An autumn tradition is the flagship exhibition, Birds in Art, which presents more than 125 all-new paintings and sculptures annually by artists from around the world. The museum’s interest in avian art extends to its permanent collection of more than 4,000 works, encompassing historic graphics by John James Audubon, Alexander Wilson, and John Gould; masterworks by Martin Johnson Heade, Jasper Cropsey, and Frank Benson; and contemporary interpretations by Robert Bateman, Ray Harris-Ching, and Lars Jonsson. In keeping with the wishes of the three daughters of Leigh Yawkey Woodson, who established the museum as a memorial to their mother, 10 to 12 changing exhibitions each year explore a broad spectrum of art. Check the museum’s schedule for these shows and the diverse educational programs.
A decorative arts collection includes Royal Worcester porcelain and contemporary studio glass.
Open Tues.–Fri. and weekends except major holidays.