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Hours, Admission, Directions

Updated March 16, 2020

Effective at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020, Olbrich Botanical Gardens is closed to the public at the recommendation of Public Health Madison & Dane County in order to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

All programs and services are canceled. This closure will continue until further notice.

We will provide updates on our website at www.olbrich.org and our social media sites as they are available.

Please contact us at 608-246-4550 or olbrichinformation@cityofmadison.com with any questions.


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 Garden / Lobby Hours

April-August                      9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

September-October          9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

November-March              9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Bolz Conservatory Hours

Olbrich's Indoor Tropical Garden

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Growing Gifts Shop Hours
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Schumacher Library Hours

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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
$2 - General public admission

FREE - Children 5 & under

FREE - Olbrich Botanical Society members

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


Admission is free to all on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., except during Blooming Butterflies from July 16-August 9, 2020.

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

 

Closures

Olbrich Botanical Gardens CLOSED:

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve at 2 p.m.
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Day

Olbrich Botanical Gardens Early Closures:

  • Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, June 26, 2020,at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Bolz Conservatory CLOSED:

 

Bolz Conservatory SPECIAL EXHIBITION ADMISSION PRICES

 

Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies

July 16-August 9, 2020


$8 - Ages 13 & up

$5 - Ages 3-12

FREE - Ages 2 & under

FREE - Olbrich Botanical Society members

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.

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

Tram Hours:
May 1 - Memorial Day: Weekends Only; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Memorial Day - Labor Day: Daily; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Labor Day - Mid-October: Weekends Only; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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:

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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 alternative 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.

In 2020, 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 you would like heard by the entities that have the ability to improve or expand public parking options send an email to: olbrichinformation@cityofmadison.com and Olbrich’s staff will direct this feedback to the change makers.

 

Bus Parking

At this time, buses are not allowed to park in Olbrich Gardens' parking lot. Please reference this map of alternative parking locations. Exchange phone numbers with your bus driver(s) so you can contact them when you are ready to depart from the Gardens.

 

 

 

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