Tours

First Unitarian Society is one of Madison’s best known and most visited Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. In any given week, you’re likely to find FUS playing host to religious education classes, social justice events, concerts, social events, a variety of spiritual practice groups, memorial services, weddings, church meetings, and weekend worship services. We are an active religious organization, so we’ve designed our tours to fit into the church schedule and provide as much opportunity for people to enjoy this facility as we can.

Our tour guides are all volunteers, and are part of a non-profit group named “Friends of the Meeting House” whose main interest is to maintain the historical and structural integrity of our building. Fees, donations, and other income from the tours are used for building maintenance and repairs. More information about the Friends can be found on their website at www.unitarianmeetinghouse.org.

New tour schedule started January 1, 2019!

During the months of May and September, weekday tours are held at 10 am. From June 1 to August 31, weekday tours are held twice daily at 10 am and 2:30 pm. Weekday tours are $12.50 per person when booked online at www.unitarianmeetinghouse.org and $15 on the day of the tour. If you have not booked in advance, calling ahead (608-233-9774) is recommended to ensure a tour guide is available and the building is not in use for private events. We do not offer Saturday tours. A free Sunday tour is available September – May beginning at 10:15 am (from May – September). During the summer (May 26, 2019 – September 1, 2019), the free Sunday tour begins at 11:15 am. The Sunday tour meets in the Atrium Auditorium (donations welcome). Please use the form below for booking group tours and other private tours.

If you are unable to visit us at our regular tour times or have not scheduled an out-of-season private tour, you may stop in and view the main auditorium during regular business hours (Monday through Friday 9 am – 4 pm) if it is not being used for an event. Unescorted access to the remainder of the building is not allowed.

Group tours can be arranged by completing the tour request form below. These tours must be arranged at least two weeks in advance. For groups of 10 or more, the cost is $10 per person for adults and $5 for students. For groups under 10 people, the cost is a minimum charge of $50 plus an additional $15 per person for groups of between 4-9 people. We will email confirmation once your tour has been scheduled.

Tour buses may drop/pick-up visitors at the church but may not wait for their passengers in our parking lot. We’ll provide more parking information once the tour has been arranged.

Fill out the form below to request a custom tour. Our Facilities Coordinator will be in touch with you soon!