Tours

Drop-in visitors: We encourage you to attend a scheduled tour, but you are welcome to view the Landmark Auditorium during business hours Monday through Friday from 10 am – 2 pm. We hold religious services on Saturdays and Sundays during the school year, with the Sunday tour starting at approximately 10 am. One summer service is held at 10 am from May 29 – Sept. 4, with the tour starting at 9 am, and we invite you to stay for the service following the tour.

Enjoy a virtual tour of our building provided by the Friends of the Meeting House.

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.

In 2022, during May, September and October, weekday tours will be offered at 10 am. From June 1 to August 31, weekday tours are given twice daily at 10 am and 2:30 pm. No tours are available on public holidays. Tours cost $20 ($10 for students) and must be purchased online at www.unitarianmeetinghouse.org at least 8 hours in advance to ensure a guide is available. Tours are not available on Saturdays when the building is closed to visitors. Sunday tours take place at approximately 10:10 am following the 9 am service during the school year and at 9 am before the 10 am service during the summer months. Visitors must purchase their tickets at least 8 hours in advance to ensure space and a guide are available. Currently, group size is limited to 9 participants. See www.unitarianmeetinghouse.org for details. 

Custom tours (for groups of 1-9) are available during the off-season and can be booked at www.unitarianmeetinghouse.org. Groups of 10 or more may request a group tour using the online form on this website year-round.

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 10 am – 2 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 for the first person plus an additional $25 per person for groups of between 1-9 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.

Please email our Event Manager at event_manager@fusmadison.org to schedule a tour and include the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Name of Group/Organization
  • Number of people in your group
  • Where your group is coming from
  • Preferred date
  • The time your group wants to tour (i.e., 10 am)
  • Length of tour (pick one option: 45 mins, 60 mins, as long as it takes)
  • What are you most interested in seeing (pick one option: Frank Lloyd Wright-designed historical Meeting House, LEED-certified Atrium Addition, both the Meeting House and the Atrium Addition).
  • Please tell us about your group and why you’re interested in visiting

You will receive a confirmation from our Event Manager. If you have questions, please call 608-233-9774 ext. 120.