Article: Art lover’s weekend guide to Marshfield

Art lover’s weekend guide to Marshfield

There’s a lot of beauty to discover in Marshfield, Wisconsin. You’ll find it in places that have stood the test of time, like the historic homes and buildings that fill our oldest neighborhoods. You’ll also see it in our art galleries, performance spaces—and you’ll even find it in a wonderland created out of rusted bits of metal. Here’s what to see and do if you if you love great art and have a weekend to explore Marshfield.



When you arrive in Marshfield, pay a visit to Gallery 450, located in the lobby of the Helen Laird Fine Arts Building of UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield. The gallery showcases Wisconsin artists and contemporary art. On select Fridays throughout the year, this venue holds symphony orchestra concerts. Check the latest schedule here.

During the summer, Friday night outdoor concerts take place downtown at Wenzel Family Plaza. Grab a seat on the lawn and enjoy free local and regional talent.

Enjoy dinner as performance at Royal Tokyo, winner of Best Place to Impress in the annual Best of Marshfield survey. All the food is prepared right in front of you, with plenty of flames and lots of flair.


Start the day with a tour of Marshfield’s architecture. The World’s Largest Round Barn is located on the Marshfield Fairgrounds. Built in 1915-16, it’s an impressive sight and worth a visit any time of the year. After leaving the fairgrounds, take a self-guided historical walking tour and take in some of the city’s beautiful historic homes and businesses. You have several tour possibilities—see your tour options here.

In the afternoon, tour the mid-Victorian home of a former Wisconsin governor. Upham House holds historical displays that detail Marshfield’s past. Outside, the mansion’s Heritage Rose Garden has 32 different varieties of roses in bloom during warmer months.

Be sure to stop by New Visions Gallery, located in the lobby of Marshfield Medical Center. The gallery hosts national traveling exhibitions and displays contemporary original prints, Japanese prints, fine art posters, Haitian paintings, Australian Aboriginal art and West African sculpture masks.

Catch a Saturday night show. The possibilities vary week to week, but there are several venues in and around Marshfield that have live entertainment. The Chestnut Center for the Arts, located in a historic church, hosts concerts, plays, poetry readings, recitals.  LuCille Tack Center for the Arts in Spencer is a short drive from Marshfield and frequently have live concerts and shows.


Head north of Marshfield to take in some unique folk art. Jurustic Park is a wonderland of rusted metal sculptures created by attorney-turned-artisan Clyde Wynia. The pieces range in size from small insects to massive dinosaurs. Stop in The Hobbit House to browse the beautiful glass jewelry handcrafted by Clyde’s wife, Nancy. You may find a treasure to bring home!

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