Turner Hall of Monroe
Monroe, Wisconsin

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Where Old & New Worlds Meet

The Turner Hall Board of Directors made the difficult decision on Monday, March 23, 2020 to temporarily discontinue and suspend all operations of Turner Hall, including the Ratskeller Restaurant, until further notice due to the current coronavirus pandemic. Effective immediately, carry-out, curbside pick-up, and delivery services, all of which were implemented just a week earlier following the first statewide mandate, will no longer be offered. We are incredibly grateful to our dedicated employees who rose to the occasion that week, and made it all work in spite of these uncharted waters.

While we are also grateful for everyone who helped the Ratskeller by taking advantage of these services, other considerations for the decision included the well-being of not only our patrons, but our employees and volunteers, as well as the financial health and future of Turner Hall. Employees have been advised to apply for unemployment immediately, and cost-conserving measures for the facility are being instituted.

Like our Swiss forebears who faced adversity and challenging times in both their homeland, and then here in their new home, we will remain stoic and strong...and will look forward to seeing everyone again on the other side of this unprecedented situation.

We will continue to post updates here as needed.

Steeped in the Swiss traditions and history of south-central Wisconsin, the Turner Hall of Monroe is a non-profit 501(c)(3) center of Swiss heritage and community activities. Established in 1868, it is believed to be the only Turner Hall of Swiss origin left in the United States, and is likewise one of the oldest, continuously-running Swiss entities in this country. The building, a Swiss Emmenthal-style chalet designed by German architect Max Hanisch, is listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places and is handicapped-accessible.

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.