A 501(c) 3 nonprofit founded in 1977

The Pump House Regional Arts Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin was founded in 1977. The Pump House frequently hosts performing artists in the 140-seat Dayton Theater. Visual artists exhibit in three galleries, and art classes are also held at the Pump House. Before becoming an arts center, the building served as the main water pumping station for the City of La Crosse, in the late 1800s. In 1913, the building was vacated when the city’s need exceeded its pumping capacity. The Pump House was renovated in 1977 with cooperation from the city and the volunteer efforts of many friends of the arts. The original wood ceiling was preserved and woodwork from the old La Crosse Post Office was utilized in the renovations. Since 1977, the city of La Crosse has authorized a long-term lease ensuring that the Pump House remains a regional arts center.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Pump House Regional Arts Center is to: Enhance the quality of life in the region by maintaining the Pump House as a cultural center; and by promoting a wide range of visual and performing arts activities including performance, participation and appreciation.

Art Education Classroom

Conference Room

This meeting space is the perfect staging area for wedding parties. It is also available for classes, workshops, board meetings and other events.

Front Gallery

A versatile exhibition and meeting space, this area can be used to seat additional guests, to host a cocktail hour, or to provide a bar and/or buffet service.


This scenic outdoor space is great for ceremonies, performances, family social gatherings and more. Beautifully landscaped by the Natural Arts Garden Club, the Pump House Courtyard also comes with the assurance of the indoor venue in the event of inclement weather.

Balcony Gallery

Overlooking the Front Gallery is one of the most beautiful interior balconies in the region. This historic artisan railing, complimented by new exhibition lighting creates a great space for cocktail and social hours. The original vaulted wood ceiling adds dramatic...

Dayton Theater

With seating for 140 people, the Dayton Theater is an intimate venue for performances, wedding ceremonies and other events. Amenities include state-of-the-art sound equipment, a 14' screen, a projector and a Steinway grand piano.

Kader Gallery

The largest exhibition space features 1,500 square feet of hardwood floors and state-of-the-art lighting. This exceptional space can be decorated for formal events or set-up for casual cocktail and social hours, receptions and other occasions.
Hours of Operation
Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 Am-7:00 PM
Saturday, 12:00-4:00 PM
or by appointment
The Pump House is a fully accessible venue. Assisted listening devices are available with advanced reservation.
Rest Rooms
Located on the main floor, at either side of the black wall in the Front Gallery.
Surface lot west of the building, parking ramps north and east of the building, and some street parking.