Tucked in a quiet, hilly, neighborhood of Wausau is one of Wisconsin’s most interesting museums. The Tudor home that was the base building was donated by the Forester family in the 1970s. It has been expanded greatly since then, with galleries, a children’s exploration area and a sculpture garden.
The museum is best known for its yearly Birds in Art show, and a good two-thirds of the permanent and traveling shows are dedicated to bird art in all its forms. Other traveling shows range from local artists to internationally known, and famous artists. At this writing, a large show of MC Escher is on display. Other shows include Tiffany glass, papercraft, National Geographic photos, paintings by James McNeil Whistler and many, many more.
The outdoors sculpture garden is ever-expanding and contains some delightfully silly animal sculptures. Worth the drive any time of year and be sure to take a stroll in the lovely surrounding neighborhood.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
700 North 12th Street
Wausau, WI 54403-5007