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Museum Hours: Open Tues. - Sun. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Museum Hours: Open Tues. - Sun. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Planning a Group Visit

Bring your group to our indoor learning playground!

Kids up to age 12 will discover togetherness as they explore movement, teamwork, open-ended play, and problem-solving strategies. Our museum exhibits are the perfect complement to classroom curriculum. They support the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards and interdisciplinary learning by blending the fun of art, science, the environment, and social studies.

Start planning great group visits by filling out our request form. To learn more, call us at (608) 256-6445, ext. 156; or by email registration@madisonchildrensmuseum.org.

Scout Activities

Girl Scout and Boy Scouts troops have a great time at MCM. Our badge-related activities focus on science, math, invention, the outdoors, and the arts!  Get your troop lined up for MCM fun by contacting us at (608) 256-6445, ext. 156, or registration@madisonchildrensmuseum.org.

Classrooms & Childcare Memberships

Want your group to visit MCM all the time? We offer discounted memberships to help classroom teachers and childcare providers make the most of our award-winning museum. To see if your group qualifies, fill out our Childcare Provider Registration Form.

Visit Options

We offer two ways for groups to explore MCM; self-guided visits are available year-round. Guided program tours led by Education staff are available during the spring semester of each school year, from March 1 through June 16. To learn more, visit our Tours web page.


Group visits are two hours in length and start at 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 3 p.m., Tuesday–Friday. Exceptions may apply during school holiday breaks.


Self-guided tours are $5 per child and program tours are $7 per child. We ask that groups be a minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 70 students. Reduced rates are also available for qualifying groups through the museum’s Access for Everyone program. Please inquire when registering.

Visit Details

Chaperones: One adult teachers and/or chaperones is required for every five children on all group visits. Required chaperones are admitted for free; additional chaperones beyond a 1-to-3 ratio will be admitted at $4 each. An insufficient number of chaperones may result in additional fees or the cancellation the group visit.

Transportation: Bus passenger drop-off is at the Metro bus stops on the Capitol Square in front of The Old Fashioned on North Pinckney Street, or in front of UW Credit Union on East Mifflin Street. Buses can be parked at Olin-Turville Park off John Nolen Drive.

Lunch Policy: We regret that we are unable to accommodate group lunches or provide lunchroom space at MCM. We recommend finding a spot to picnic on the Capitol Lawn, or using the Capitol’s indoor lunch room.


Groups wishing to visit must pre-register a minimum of 2 weeks in advance. Registrations are made on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability. Request dates using our online form.

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