Marathon County Historical Society

410 McIndoe Street

The mission of the Marathon County Historical Society is to collect, preserve and exhibit materials related to the history of Marathon County, and to use those materials to help people learn about north central Wisconsin, connect with their roots, and explore their own historical connections. Our exhibit halls show some of the varied stories of people who lived and worked and played in Marathon County. We offer guided tours of the fully restored Yawkey House Museum, built in 1904 for wealthy lumberman Cyrus Yawkey and his family. Our research library is open to the public for genealogical and local history research. Educational programming and lecture series offer opportunities for lifelong learning. Several of our historic spaces are available for rental for weddings, club meetings, family or business gatherings. Please visit our website or call for more information.


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Center for Visual Arts

427 Fourth Street

The CVA was organized in 1982 by a group of local artists with the principal of providing education and appreciation for the visual arts, and to provide exhibiting space to encourage local & regional artists. The CVA has a long-standing relationship and history in downtown Wausau. For 30 plus years the CVA has been located in the historic building on the corner of North 4th and Scott Street, as a part of the Arts Block. Currently the historic 108 building is being renovated. With a totally “new” renovated historic facility, the Center for Visual Arts is embarking on a whole new future for the arts in our community and region. 

The CVA was recognized as the 2016 Small Business of Year - Charitable Non-Profit by the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce


The Grand Theater / Performing Arts Foundation

401 Fourth Street

Offering a season full of entertainment, the Grand Theater brings an incredible variety of performances to the stage, including the best of Broadway, music, comedy, dance, and family programs to the main stage as well as events to the Great Hall. The Grand Theater is a cornerstone of downtown, and a true community gathering place. With over 300 events per year, and serving a 17-county region, The Grand is the home for the best in the arts in North Central Wisconsin.