Madison Children's Museum

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Madison Children's Museum is the area's premier destination for hands-on fun and learning for the whole family! We have various exhibit areas throughout the museum, including: the Rowland Rooftop Ramble, a four-season green roof with animals and gardens; the Wildernest, a global village made with natural, local materials and designed for ages 5 and under; the Bakke Art Studio, where visitors can d

o a daily drop-in project and paint on windows; our newest exhibit From Coops to Cathedrals Nature, Childhood, and the Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright where kids can tinker, play, draw inspiration from nature, and explore just like the famous local architect did; and the DeAtley Community Concourse, a free-admission area with several exhibits and a pizza cafe. Our in-house team of artists and artisans designs, builds, and maintain the exhibits and features change continuously throughout the year. The museum also offers special programs and events daily; view our website calendar to plan your visit.

MCM is getting squeaky-clean for 2024! ✨We'll be CLOSED January 8–January 11 for wintertime deep-cleaning and maintenanc...
01/08/2024

MCM is getting squeaky-clean for 2024! ✨We'll be CLOSED January 8–January 11 for wintertime deep-cleaning and maintenance. The museum will reopen at 9 am, sparklier than ever, on Friday January 12.

The museum is OPEN this weekend! Enjoy extended playtime this Saturday, 8 am–5 pm, and typical hours this Sunday, 9 am–4...
01/06/2024

The museum is OPEN this weekend! Enjoy extended playtime this Saturday, 8 am–5 pm, and typical hours this Sunday, 9 am–4 pm. Don't miss Saturday's Wonderground Recess Hoop Jam with the talented Nora Phillips from Danielle Lee, Hoop Elation at 11 am.

Get into some extra-special crafts this weekend, including yarn painting with Laurie on Saturday and nature mosaics with Sarah on Sunday: https://madisonchildrensmuseum.org/events/

Madison Children's Museum is closed January 3 through January 5 for a deep-cleaning session. We'll be back shiny and new...
01/04/2024

Madison Children's Museum is closed January 3 through January 5 for a deep-cleaning session. We'll be back shiny and new with extended hours this Saturday 8 am–5 pm, and regular hours this Sunday 9 am–4 pm!

Our baby dance party is in full swing! The big kids’ party starts at 1:30 in the Wonderground. Happy New Year!
12/31/2023

Our baby dance party is in full swing! The big kids’ party starts at 1:30 in the Wonderground. Happy New Year!

Did you know? MCM is open January 1 & January 2, 9 am–4 pm! Start the new year off with a family outing and enjoy our mu...
12/31/2023

Did you know? MCM is open January 1 & January 2, 9 am–4 pm! Start the new year off with a family outing and enjoy our much-loved Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit, From Coops to Cathedrals, before it closes on January 3.

Madison Children’s Museum, an award-winning destination for fun family activities and hands-on learning.

At MCM, children are empowered to play, learn, discover, and grow into their best selves—but it's only possible due to t...
12/31/2023

At MCM, children are empowered to play, learn, discover, and grow into their best selves—but it's only possible due to the generosity of people like you. Thankfully, there's still time to make your year-end gift!

Madison Children's Museum depends on the support of our community to create amazing exhibits and brain-building programs—and to ensure that these resources are available to all families. Before the end of 2023, lend your support MCM: https://madisonchildrensmuseum.org/give

Celebrate the New Year TWICE at MCM! 🥳 Got a baby in the family? Enjoy Madison's earliest New Years party at 9 am with a...
12/30/2023

Celebrate the New Year TWICE at MCM! 🥳 Got a baby in the family? Enjoy Madison's earliest New Years party at 9 am with an indoor toddler dance mix, 10 am countdown, and adorable crafts!

Ring in 2024 with your big kids at our NYE Wonderground Dance Party, 1:30–3 pm. Celebrate with festive drinks, a family-friendly DJ, and 2 countdowns with a human ball drop performed by Stephanie Richards of Madison Circus Space, 2 pm & 3 pm! Visit us bright and early the next morning on January 1, when we'll be open 9 am–4 pm.

For so many of us, MCM is an oasis of creativity and art. Staff never tire of helping little hands create something new,...
12/27/2023

For so many of us, MCM is an oasis of creativity and art. Staff never tire of helping little hands create something new, and countless community members have contributed to the vibrant environment we enjoy today. Help MCM continue to build beautiful, dynamic spaces in the new year: https://madisonchildrensmuseum.org/give

What does MCM have in common with the Louvre, the British Museum, and the Met? Each institution was recognized for recen...
12/23/2023

What does MCM have in common with the Louvre, the British Museum, and the Met? Each institution was recognized for recent innovations in the museum field!

Last Friday, the American Alliance of Museums-affiliated blog Dispatches from the Center for the Future of Museums featured our pay-what-you-can cafe alongside other forward-thinking programs. Drawing from Cap Times' original coverage, Joseph O'Neill's article emphasized the groundbreaking nature of our "pay a little, a lot, or nothing at all" system at Little John's Lunchbox. We're honored and thrilled to be in such good company!

Did you know at least 1 in every 10 visitors uses our pay-what-you-can cafe? Little John's Lunchbox is an essential part...
12/21/2023

Did you know at least 1 in every 10 visitors uses our pay-what-you-can cafe?

Little John's Lunchbox is an essential part of how we make all families feel welcome and supported at the museum. With your gift, we can nourish the bodies and minds of every child and family that walks through our doors: https://madisonchildrensmuseum.org/give

Calling all museum members! Don't miss your chance to register for Friday's Winter Magic Member Party, 5 pm-7:30 pm.Enjo...
12/14/2023

Calling all museum members! Don't miss your chance to register for Friday's Winter Magic Member Party, 5 pm-7:30 pm.

Enjoy an evening of wintry fun, with special crafts and games to celebrate the season! Give a memorable sendoff to our much-loved Coops to Cathedrals exhibit (closing Jan 3), and get an exciting sneak peek of changes to come in 2024.

In 2023, visitors enjoyed 50,816 free or reduced-cost visits to Madison Children's Museum through our Access for Everyon...
12/13/2023

In 2023, visitors enjoyed 50,816 free or reduced-cost visits to Madison Children's Museum through our Access for Everyone program.

Help us empower every family in our community to create enriching moments and lasting memories at MCM. Give your gift today: https://madisonchildrensmuseum.org/give

A huge thank-you to Sabrina Madison and our friends at the Progress Center for Black Women for a spectacular Santa Day—o...
12/08/2023

A huge thank-you to Sabrina Madison and our friends at the Progress Center for Black Women for a spectacular Santa Day—our most joyous and successful yet! We were honored to partner with Santa himself (community leader Anthony Cooper), the Progress Center, Madison Reading Project, Inc., the Spicer family, and more incredible folks to create true holiday magic.

At our pay-what-you-can cafe, everyone can enjoy wholesome food that fills bellies, fuels learning, and nourishes play. ...
12/06/2023

At our pay-what-you-can cafe, everyone can enjoy wholesome food that fills bellies, fuels learning, and nourishes play.

More than 15,000 meals were enjoyed at Little John's Lunchbox in 2023. Join us in supporting children and families one meal at a time. Donate to MCM today: https://madisonchildrensmuseum.org/give

This Saturday, join us for free and festive Santa Day!🎄Santa returns to MCM for family photos, with special free admissi...
12/02/2023

This Saturday, join us for free and festive Santa Day!🎄

Santa returns to MCM for family photos, with special free admission and all-day holiday crafts to celebrate his visit. Enjoy a meet & greet with everyone's favorite Ice Queen, sip on free hot cocoa, and pick up a book from Madison Reading Project, Inc.'s giveaway while supplies last. Thank you to our friends and partners at the Progress Center for Black Women, who made this joyful day possible! Registration is currently closed for Santa photos.

Our biggest membership discount is now EXTENDED through Sunday! Just three more days to get your year-long, 6-person Fam...
12/01/2023

Our biggest membership discount is now EXTENDED through Sunday!

Just three more days to get your year-long, 6-person Family Plus Membership at a special holiday rate ($165). This offer can be used for new, renewing, and gift memberships! Use code PLAYMCM23 at checkout through December 3: https://madisonchildrensmuseum.org/membership/holiday-discount/

"Look, I’m a low-income single mom, so a lot of the time, I take what I can get and expect to be treated differently bec...
11/28/2023

"Look, I’m a low-income single mom, so a lot of the time, I take what I can get and expect to be treated differently because I didn’t pay full price. This is probably the first time I’ve ever felt like I’m flying my family first-class. I didn’t have to apologize or explain to my kid that he couldn’t go into the coolest exhibit because we didn’t have the money for it. Do you know how amazing that feels? Thank you." ― MCM Visitor
This give the gift of play to all children in our community. https://madisonchildrensmuseum.org/give

Give the best surprise of this holiday season: a free day of play at MCM! Gift tickets are a wonderful stocking stuffer ...
11/28/2023

Give the best surprise of this holiday season: a free day of play at MCM!

Gift tickets are a wonderful stocking stuffer that can be used any day for a year after purchase. Customize your ticket order to fit the families on your list! Learn more about gift tickets, gift memberships, and gift cards on our website:

Time is running out on the steepest membership discount of the year! For just one more week, get a year-long, 6-person F...
11/24/2023

Time is running out on the steepest membership discount of the year!

For just one more week, get a year-long, 6-person Family Plus Membership for the price of a 4-person Family Membership. Use code PLAYMCM23 at checkout to claim this deal before Nov 30: https://madisonchildrensmuseum.org/membership/holiday-discount

Happy Thanksgiving to all! 🥧🍗🌽🥕 MCM is closed today, November 23, for the holiday. Come enjoy an outing with the family ...
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving to all! 🥧🍗🌽🥕 MCM is closed today, November 23, for the holiday. Come enjoy an outing with the family when we re-open this Friday at 9 am.

Our community wishing tree is leafing out beautifully 🍂From art aspirations to humanistic hopes, the wishing tree gives ...
11/23/2023

Our community wishing tree is leafing out beautifully 🍂

From art aspirations to humanistic hopes, the wishing tree gives kids and parents a chance to ponder their goals and apprehensions. What would you add to the tree?

Get your 6-person Family Plus Membership for a special holiday price! Use code PLAYMCM23 at checkout before this deal ex...
11/21/2023

Get your 6-person Family Plus Membership for a special holiday price! Use code PLAYMCM23 at checkout before this deal expires on November 30.

Play for free every time you visit, plus exclusive access to members-only parties, extra time in the museum, special discounts, reciprocity with other museums, and more—all year long! Claim your discount on the MCM website: https://madisonchildrensmuseum.org/membership/holiday-discount/

MCM has a new Little Free Library! Our handcrafted "bookhouse" will keep donations snug and dry. Browse the shelves duri...
11/18/2023

MCM has a new Little Free Library! Our handcrafted "bookhouse" will keep donations snug and dry. Browse the shelves during your next visit—you might find a new family favorite.

This holiday season, give the gift of play! A gifted membership provides 12 full months of joy, exploration, and growth ...
11/17/2023

This holiday season, give the gift of play! A gifted membership provides 12 full months of joy, exploration, and growth for the little ones in your life.

For members, every visit is free! Exclusive member mornings provide quieter, calmer bonding time for the whole family. Themed member parties make new opportunities for their creativity and silliness to shine. The benefits of membership don't stop there—learn more about memberships, gift tickets, and gift cards on our website:

The Shadow Room is back, and more prismatic than ever. Discover new ways to play with light, shadow, and color in the Ar...
11/15/2023

The Shadow Room is back, and more prismatic than ever. Discover new ways to play with light, shadow, and color in the Art Studio.

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100 N Hamilton Street
Madison, WI
53703

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Friday 9am - 4pm
Saturday 8am - 5pm
Sunday 8am - 5pm

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