Art, Performances, History and Culture

Discover art and history in the Wisconsin Rapids area at museums, theatres and galleries. Catch an art exhibit at the Central Wisconsin Cultural Center. See a concert or performance at the Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids. Stop by the South Wood County Historical Museum and learn about the Wisconsin Rapids area’s earliest settlers. Catch a live performance by the Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre. Make the Wisconsin Rapids area’s cultural attractions part of your next trip.

Check out the Art Itinerary and the History Itinerary.

Alexander House

1131 Wisconsin River Drive
Port Edwards , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 887-3442


The Alexander House, a center for art and history, is a combination art gallery and historical museum located in a stately colonial home on the banks of the beautiful Wisconsin River. Open Tues., Thurs., and Sun. 1-4 p.m. No charge.

Arts Council

1040 8th Street South, Suite 101
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 424-ARTS (2787)


The Arts Council is your performing arts connection to live entertainment by bringing national and international performing arts to Central Wisconsin.  Tickets are available online, or 30 minutes prior to each performance. Check the web site or the calendar of events for the current performance schedule.

Central Wisconsin Cultural Center

320 West Grand Avenue, Suite 104
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 421-4598


The Cultural Center is your destination for the Visual, Literary and Lyrical Arts with galleries and showcases, featuring local and regional artists. Explore art classes, and musical opportunities offered throughout the year. Open Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Wednesday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.



Marian Center for Peace

241 Apricot Street
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Mother of America Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel

241 Apricot Street

Wisconsin Rapids 54494


McMillan Memorial Library

490 East Grand Avenue
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 423-1040


For Internet access, WIFI, special events and programs, and a full range of library services, make our award-winning library your home away from home! Open Mon. – Thurs. 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids

1801 16th St. South
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 422-7365

The Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids, an 833-seat proscenium theatre located on the campus of Lincoln High School, is the hub of performing arts events in the Central Wisconsin area. Check the web site or calendar of events for their current schedule.

Rogers Cinema

220 East Grand Avenue
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 421-3177


Spend a night at the movies! Rogers Cinema offers seven auditoriums, corporate and school shows, and gift cards for that perfect present. Check the website or call for updated movie times.

South Wood County Historical Museum

540 3rd Street South
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 423-1580


Local banker Isaac P. Witter and his wife Charlotte built their beautiful home on “Quality Row” in 1907, and we at the South Wood County Historical Museum would like to share it with you. Our display of Disney animator Grim Natwick’s work includes Betty Boop, Mr. Magoo, Snow White and others. The Krohn photographs of the 1950s are still on view. We invite you to walk through a history of cranberry growing, business districts and lumbering in our area. We also feature a country kitchen, school room and a train depot. Our changing exhibit for 2012 illustrates area involvement in the Civil War. Tours can be scheduled upon request and our grounds are available for weddings and senior photographs. Open Tue. , Wed., Thurs., and Sun. 1-4 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day. No charge.

Wisconsin Rapids City Band

Robinson Park Band Shell
1150 17th Street North
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 421-0244


City Band music has been flowing through the Wisconsin Rapids area for almost 150 years and it continues today thanks to the efforts of a number of dedicated band members who would not allow it to cease after fiscal restraints necessitated the elimination of funding from the city of Wisconsin Rapids in 2006. At that time a Board of Directors was formed and the band was organized into a self directed, self governed organization. The Community Foundation of South Wood County assisted this process by serving as a resource to the Board, providing guidance in fiscal management, board governance and funding. These arrangements continue today.  The Band continues to thrill audiences with waltzes, polkas, marches, and Broadway hits. Bring the whole family to enjoy an  evening of fun, music, and ice cream.

Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre

220 3rd Avenue South, Suite 6
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 421-0435


WRCT features live performances year-round at the Studio Theatre in the Gilbert & Jaylee Mead Auditorium. Since 1975, WRCT has presented Broadway-type shows while showcasing local talent. We also offer children’s productions, workshops and special theatrical productions. Check the website or call for current performances or events.

Wisconsin River Papermaking Museum

730 First Avenue South
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 424-3037

The Wisconsin River Papermaking Museum focuses primarily on papermaking history in the Wisconsin River valley and particularly history of the Consolidated Water Power & Paper Company which was headquartered in Wisconsin Rapids for over 100 years.  The Museum features two local history exhibits.  The first is a pictorial history of the 110-year-old mansion that houses the museum.  The second tells some of the history of the development of the dam on the Wisconsin River at Grand Rapids/Centralia and the beginnings of Consolidated Water Power & Paper Company.  Traveling exhibits about papermaking are also brought in as they are available.  Open from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays, excluding holidays.  Admission is free.