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Hours, Admission, Directions

Please Note: Olbrich closes early at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24 and is closed all day on Dec. 25.

NOTE ON PARKING: If available parking is limited when you visit, please reference this map of alternative parking locations within a half-mile radius.


Etiquette

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is a living museum and a source of serenity for many visitors. Please observe the following Etiquette Guidelines during your visit.

 

Hours

Outdoor Gardens / Lobby / Gift Shop Hours

October through March | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

April through September | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Bolz Conservatory Hours

Olbrich's Indoor Tropical Garden

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily

Schumacher Library Hours

Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

(and on weekends as staffing allows)

Standard fees, times, and passes may be temporarily suspended for special events and exhibits.

 

admission

Outdoor Garden Admission
FREE

Donations gratefully accepted!

Bolz Conservatory Admission
$6 - General public admission

$3 - Children ages 6-12

FREE - Children ages 5 & under

FREE - Olbrich Botanical Society members

Standard fees, times, and passes may be temporarily suspended for special events and exhibits.

Annual Exhibit Fees

The Bolz Conservatory has increased admission rates during the Gardens' annual exhibits.

February - Orchid Escape Exhibit

March - Spring Flower Show

July/August - Blooming Butterflies Exhibit

December - Holiday Express Train Show

$8 - General Public

$5 - Children (ages 6-12)

FREE - 5 & under

FREE - Olbrich Members (Adult & Child)

The outdoor gardens are always free.

 

Closures

Olbrich Botanical Gardens CLOSED:

Including the Bolz Conservatory

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve at 2 p.m.
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Day
  • June 17 & 18 at 2 p.m.

Bolz Conservatory CLOSED:

  • January 25-28, 2022 for maintenance
  • March 1-2, 7-18, 2022 for maintenance
  • May 16-19, 24 & 25, 2022 for maintenance
  • July 11 & 12, 2022 for exhibit prep
  • Open to Members only July 13, 2022
  • November 9 & 10, 2022 for assesment and repairs

Note: The Gift Shop will be closed on January 2 & 3, 2023 for inventory.

Standard fees, times, and passes may be temporarily suspended for special events and exhibits.

 

Accessibility

Olbrich Botanical Gardens' outdoor gardens and Bolz Conservatory are wheelchair and stroller accessible. House wheelchairs and electric scooters are available in Olbrich's lobby. Pets are not allowed, however, service animals are welcome in the Botanical Center, Outdoor Gardens and Conservatory.

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Olbrich Tram

Olbrich's eco-friendly electric tram provides free guided tours around the 16-acre outdoor gardens for visitors, primarily those needing assistance, on a first-come, first-served basis. The tram travels in a designated continuous circular route, as tram drivers share interpretive information with the riders via a pre-recorded interpretive message and supplemental narration about Olbrich's history, gardens, and sustainable gardening practices. Tram cannot be reserved by individuals or groups. Tram tours and services are subject to cancellation due to weather, vehicle maintenance, or at Olbrich's discretion. Donations welcome.

Tram runs between the hours of 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Last tram tour of the day leaves at 4:30 p.m.

Tram Availability :
May - Memorial Day: Weekends Only
Memorial Day - Labor Day: 7 Days/Week

 

Strollers

Strollers are allowed in Olbrich's Outdoor Gardens. At times, when the Bolz Conservatory is very crowded, visitors may be asked to leave their strollers outside the Conservatory.

Strollers are not allowed in Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies or Olbrich's Holiday Express.

 

Directions

Address:

3330 Atwood Avenue

Madison, WI 53704

Phone:

608-246-4550

By Car:

From Downtown Madison arrow  |   From Middleton arrow
From the Southeast Via 90 (Chicago, Beloit, Janesville) arrow
From the East via 94 (Milwaukee) arrow
From the North via 90/94

By Madison Metro:

Weekdays, served by routes 3, 37, 38
Weekends, served by routes 7, 16
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By Bike:

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is located on the Capital City Bike trail about 3 miles from downtown Madison.
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PARKING

Parking is free for all visitors.

The public parking lot surrounding Olbrich Botanical Gardens offers 210 spaces including (12) fully accessible parking spaces near the main building entrance.

With other community events happening in the surrounding area simultaneously with the Gardens' programming, parking lots may fill up at times, so having an alternate plan before arriving is the best strategy!

Note: If available parking is limited when you visit, please reference this map of alternative parking locations within a half-mile radius of the Gardens.

Alternate Public Parking Lots & Street Parking Options

    • 350 parking spaces (street and parking lots) within 0.3 miles of the Gardens
    • 115 spaces within a 0.5 miles, still within Olbrich Park

Skip the parking scramble!

  • Ride share - pile your friends and family in one car when visiting the Gardens.
  • Take a cab, Uber, or Lyft
  • Take a bus! Visit the Madison Metro site to find the best bus route as there are multiple options with varying schedules.
    (Generally, routes 3, 37, and 38 stop right outside of the gardens on weekdays. On weekends, route 7 will bring you close to the Gardens - approximately a 6-minute walk to / from the bus stop. Schedules vary.)
  • Utilize the Capital City Bike Trail to bike to the Gardens, or for easy access when walking from alternative parking options. Visit the City of Madison's bicycle page for maps, routes, and biking information.

During the Gardens’ larger events, Park Rangers will be onsite to help organize parking and assist our visitors. Be sure to thank our Park Rangers for supporting the Gardens!

Questions or concerns regarding parking? Send an email to olbrichinformation@cityofmadison.com and Olbrich’s staff will direct this feedback to the appropriate parties.

 

 

 

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704. | Phone: (608)246-4550 | Fax: (608)246-4719