Address: 100 North Hamilton Street Madison, WI 53703 View Map
Phone: (608) 256-6445

About Us

Play’s a serious thing, you see. It’s how we learn to invent, share, and explore. Kids who play do better in school. Adults who play do better with each other. And nobody does play better than Madison Children’s Museum. Where there’s always something fun to do. Where eyes get bigger, laughs get louder, and families get closer, too. Make a discovery or a mess or a brand new friend. Make a trip to Madison Children’s Museum.

Madison Children's Museum FAQ

Where is the Children's Museum located and what are the hours of operation?
The museum is on the Capitol Square at 100 N. Hamilton Street. It is on the corner of North Hamilton Street, North Pinckney Street, and East Dayton Street. The museum is open every day during the summer (after Memorial Day to the week before Labor Day) and Tuesday-Sunday during the winter. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 8 p.m. on the first open Wednesday of each month. Be sure to check the museum web page calendar before your visit!

What age range is appropriate?
Madison Children’s Museum exhibits and events are customized for children from birth to age 12; however, we’re sure the whole family will be entertained.

What kind of exhibits do you feature?
Madison Children's Museum offers new and unique permanent exhibits that you won't find in any other children's museum. There is a first-class Art Studio; Possible-opolis, where art and science intersect for ages 5 and up; the four-season Rooftop Ramble, with animals and gardens; The Wildernest, a global village made completely of natural materials for children 5 and under; an 1830s Log Cabin; and a free Community Concourse for those who are visiting for just a short time.

Is there a cost to visit the museum?
Admission prices are $9, adults and children 1 and older; $8, grandparents and seniors; free for museum members and children under 1; and anyone on public assistance qualifies for $1 admission thanks to our Family Access program. Join us for Free Family Night on the first open Wednesday of the month from 5-8 p.m.

How can I volunteer?
Madison Children’s Museum has many exciting volunteer opportunities. Volunteering is a great way to have some fun, interact with the community, and put a smile on someone’s face! Detailed information on opportunities along with application materials can be found on the MCM website's Volunteer page. To apply, simply fill out an application form, mail it in, and we will contact you once we receive the form.