Madison Children’s Museum opens for members

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 9:16 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The Madison Children’s Museum opened Thursday for members only to allow children to explore and learn.

The museum will stay open solely for members until June 24, when it will then open to the rest of the public.

Visitors will need to make online reservations for time slots, which are free for members. Non-members will need to buy tickets online for reserved time slots.

Museum official president and CEO Deb Gilpin say capacity will slowly increase over the summer months.

“It’s been tough here,” said Gilpin. “We’ve greatly reduced our staff, we needed to be very careful on what we spent resources on and what we didn’t and that was really painful. Today is just an incredibly joyful day to almost getting back to normal.”

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. It is hoping more days can be added in the future.

The museum adds that the Sparkler Cafe will be closed indefinitely and visitors can bring in their own food. The dining area has moved from the first floor concourse to the Celebrations room in the second floor.

Masks must be worn by those ages three and up at all time, as the museum mainly serves children who are under 12 and are not eligible to be vaccinated yet.

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