Fall visiting hours are Tues-Sun 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM, plus last Monday of each month.

Museum Hours: Tues-Sun 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM, plus last Monday of each month.

Fall visiting hours are Tues-Sun 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM, plus last Monday of each month.

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Museum Hours: Tues-Sun 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM, plus last Monday of each month.

MCM Special Events

Something is happening every day at Madison Children’s Museum, but we also have special events throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Camp Out in the Ward Window!

All summer long, kids can hike to the Community Concourse camping exhibit to learn different ways to build a campfire, identify Wisconsin birds, and cast lines for local fish. The new outdoorsy exhibit is a fun and informational tribute to a Wisconsin’s long tradition of family campouts.

Glow Show

Downtown Madison will light up all summer with MCM’s new temporary exhibit, Glow Show. Shining from the museum’s third floor, this art display consists of over 20 whimsical neon sculptures inspired by children’s artwork created in the MCM Art Studio. Look for it day and night this summer!


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Mess Monsters

October 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Get messy with us in the art studio during our weekly art class designed especially for our youngest visitors.

A different exciting and messy sensory project will be offered each week. In this week’s installment, offered as part of the Wisconsin Science Festival, young children will experiment with color mixing, make predictions, and test outcomes, all while creating original works of art.

Free drop-in program for ages six and under.

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Adult Swim: Science Soiree

October 17 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tonight’s edition of Adult Swim is part of the 4th annual Wisconsin Science Festival. Join us for science presentations and hands-on activities throughout the evening. Touch a human brain and learn about its workings with the UW Neuroscience Training Program; make some creepy crawly friends with the UW Insect Ambassadors, enjoy live music by the Madgadders, and more!

Beer, malt beverages, soft drinks and pizza available for purchase.
Sponsored by Zendesk.
Ages 21 & up.
Tickets: $12

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Clay Creations

October 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Clay Creations is our drop-in ceramics program for all ages. For a $5 fee, participants can sculpt and paint their own ceramic clay creation. We will glaze and fire the work in our kiln and it will be ready for pickup within 2 weeks.

In this week’s installment, offered as part of the Wisconsin Science Festival, we take inspiration from the microscopic world to make clay creations based on microbes.

Classes are led by art professionals and feature a choice of a weekly project idea or open- ended building.

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Frontier Survival Skills

October 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

How did the pioneers survive in the 1800s? Join us in the Log Cabin every week to learn a new skill needed to live on the Wisconsin frontier. In this week’s installment, offered as part of the Wisconsin Science Festival, we examine pioneer-era food preservation science and technology that enabled families to survive the harsh Wisconsin winters.

Drop-in program, free with museum admission

Downtown Madison Family Halloween

October 29 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Wear your costume downtown and join in the trick-or-treating and other holiday fun on Capitol Square. Downtown Madison Family Halloween is organized by Madison’s Central Business Improvement District. Check their website for activity updates!

Please note: For this event, MCM will extend its visiting hours to 6 p.m.

Baby’s First Halloween

October 31 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Join us for a Halloween party for our youngest visitors! Visit our photo booth to join our costume contest, and join us for a costume parade with live music through the exhibit galleries at 10:30 a.m.

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Beakers and Broomsticks Weekend

November 1 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Don’t put that costume away yet! Come to MCM for a last blast of Halloween, with holiday fun and science activities galore. Today’s schedule includes:

  • Halloween Concert by Ken Lonnquist, 11 am
  • Get to know your brain with our guests from the UW Neuroscience Training Program, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Creepy crawly fun with the UW Insect Ambassadors, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • S.T.E.A.M. Engineers hands-on activities, 2-4 p.m.

Check back for additional activities!

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Beakers and Broomsticks Weekend

November 2 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Don’t put that costume away yet! Come to MCM for a last blast of Halloween, with holiday fun and science activities galore. Today’s schedule includes:

  • S.T.E.A.M. Engineers hands-on activities, 10- a.m.-noon
  • Geoff Akin’s Bubble Wonders shows at 2:00 and 3:30 p.m.

Check back for additional activities!

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