Theatre, Historic Tours, Sites & More.
Downtown Monroe and its historic Courthouse Square is not lacking for entertainment and arts. Enjoy a leisurely tour, a night at the theatre or venture through one of our many historic sites.
"The mission of the Monroe Arts Center is threefold: to nurture an appreciation for the arts, to aid individual creative development, and to ensure the preservation and integrity of our historic facility."
When visiting, make sure you check the schedules and take in one of our plays during the year. We are very proud of the talents in the area and the fine productions we enjoy each year.
Historic Walking Tour
Tour guidebooks at the Monroe Area Chamber of Commerce,
1505 9th Street. - (608) 325-7648
The Historic Monroe Walking Tour features the Courthouse Square and nearby residential areas. Visitors will find many exquisitely crafted and maintained 19th century homes, churches and commercial buildings, many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places, all within a short strolling distance of the Courthouse.
Historic Green County Courthouse
910 16th Street - Monroe, WI 53566
Since 1891, the Green County Courthouse has been the cornerstone of Monroe’s downtown square – a building distinguished by arched porticos with polished marble pillars, windows with white granite block accents, and a 120-foot clock tower.
Request a Green County Courthouse brochure (including a timeline of historical highlights) by contacting Green County Tourism. Open weekdays from 8:00am – 4:30pm.
Monroe Public Library
925 16th Ave. - Monroe, WI 53566
Story Time: (608) 328-7024
The Monroe Public Library...A Place to Gather & Grow!
Monroe has had a free public library since the early 1880’s. In 1904 the Arabut Ludlow family gave $12,500 to build a new library at 1505 9th Street. The Arabut Ludlow Memorial Library served the community for over 90 years, but in that time its 5,300 square feet became overcrowded.
The Monroe Public Library is a member of the South Central Library System which is made up of libraries from Green, Dane, Columbia, Sauk, Adams, Portage and Wood counties. It has the distinction of being the only public library in the state of Wisconsin with a public school system serving as it’s municipality.
Turner Hall of Monroe, Inc
1217 17th Ave. - Monroe, WI 53566
Established in 1868, it is believed to be the only Turner (gymnast) Hall of Swiss origin left in the United States, and is likewise one of the oldest, continuously-operating Swiss entities in this country. The building, a Swiss Emmental-style chalet designed by German architect Max Hanisch, is listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places and is handicapped-accessible. It opened in 1938, replacing the original structure that burned to the ground in 1936.
An authentic Old World Ratskeller Restaurant, an elegant Grand Hall with the area's largest wooden floor, and a "retro" 8-lane Family Bowling facility are all part of the Turner Hall of Monroe. Its Swiss Heritage Series features an annual line-up of programs, concerts and events that perpetuate and nurture all things Swiss.
1704 11th St. - Monroe, WI 53566
This Historic Theatre is on the National Historic Registry Lists. It opened on September 2nd, 1931. The facade to the main theatre building was dismantled and then reconstructed October through November 2006.
Theatre 2 was renovated and then re-opened on May 24th, 2007) and Theatre 3 was in place in October 1981 and December 1994 respectively, occupying previous buildings that all became part of The Goetz Building from 1931. This structure originally was a “mixed-use” project consisting of the Goetz Theatre, professional offices on the second floor with retail at street level.
Minhas Craft Brewery
1208 14th Street - Monroe, WI 53566
Let us take you behind the scenes where we make the finest beers in the world, with the same commitment to quality that existed when the brewery was founded right here in 1845.
We believe our story is like our beer itself – full of character and best served among friends. Please accept our invitation, and our warmest thanks for letting us share our story, our brewery and most importantly-our beers with you.
Green County Historical Society Museum
1617 9th Street - Monroe, WI 53566
The Green County Historical Society Museum is housed in the former Universalist Church that was built in 1861. The building was used to store wheat and wool during the Civil War.
The Museum includes an archive with letters, papers, and newspaper articles of historical interest about Green County including obituaries, antique books, and pictures of our ancestors and items used in their daily lives. There is also the original Bethel one-room schoolhouse on the Museum grounds.
Hours: June through October, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.