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Volunteer at Madison Children’s Museum

Put a smile on a child’s face and make a difference in the community. Become an MCM volunteer! Anyone ages 13 and up can volunteer on their own, and ages 8-12 can volunteer when accompanied by a caregiver. Groups, organizations, and families can also help out.


Thank you to all who have applied to volunteer at Madison Children’s Museum.  The fall cohort is now closed.  We will be accepting applicants for our spring cohort beginning January 14th.  To be included in this cohort, please follow the application instructions below.

Volunteer Opportunities

Youth, Adult, and Family Volunteer Opportunities

All volunteer shifts are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Museum Fellow: work in the public spaces of the museum and facilitate visitors in exhibits and at special events and programs.


  • Possible-opolis: building, design, and large motor activities
  • Wildernest: Early Learning Gallery for ages birth to 5
  • Art Studio: drop-in art studio for all ages
  • Rooftop Ramble: four season outdoor space with gardens and live animals

Programs and events:

  • Adult Swim: Friday night event series; volunteers must be ages 21 & up
  • Special events: family events on Saturdays & Sundays
  • Free Family Night: First Wednesday of each month 5-8 pm
  • Winter Wonder Week: MMSD winter break programming
  • Camps: available summer season and during MMSD winter/spring breaks

Behind the Scenes: assist with administrative office work and event support.

  • Photography: take photos at special events; shifts available weekdays, evenings, and weekends.
  • Administrative: work on office tasks. Shifts available M-F between 9:30 am and 5 pm.

Group Opportunities: groups of 4 or more adults or youth may volunteer for special events and one-time projects on behalf of service clubs, scout troops, professional networks, or other organized groups.

How to Apply

Volunteer Requirements

All volunteers must complete an application and clear a background check prior to their first day. Volunteers who want to commit to a weekly shift must also come in for an informational interview, attend a general orientation, attend a visitor engagement training, and any specific exhibit training as necessary.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (608) 256-6445, ext. 552
Fax: (608) 268-1398


Madison Children’s Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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