The new Madison Children’s Museum is an out-of-the-ordinary destination for fun family activities and hands-on learning! Visit our inventive city of Possible-opolis for ages 6 and up, and our four-season Rooftop Ramble, with animals and gardens. Run on our human-sized Gerbil “Wheeeel,” or take a green tour to see the reclaimed materials that have found new life.
There’s always something new to do at Madison Children’s Museum, where our mission is to connect children with their families, their communities, and the world beyond through discovery learning and creative play.
Madison Children's Museum FAQ
Q: 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!
Q: 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.
Q: 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.
Q: Is there a cost to visit the museum?
Admission prices are $7.95, adults and children 1 and older; $6.95, 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.
Q: 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.