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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 16 and up can volunteer on their own, and ages 8-15 can volunteer and gain work experience when accompanied by a caregiver. Groups, organizations, and families can also help out.  Positions are now available.

Madison Children’s Museum is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We anticipate that volunteer opportunities will return in Summer 2021. Please check this page in late spring for updates.  

Volunteer Position Descriptions:

Youth, Adult, Senior, and Family Volunteer Opportunities

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

Museum Fellow: help out in the public spaces of the museum, facilitate activities at special events, or contribute to our weekly programs.


  • Possible-opolis: test your limits in this exhibit focused on building, design, and large motor activities
  • Wildernest: spend time with our littlest visitors and their caregivers in the Early Learning Gallery for ages birth to 5
  • Art Studio: practice your skills in our drop-in art studio for all ages
  • Rooftop Ramble: educate and explore in our four-season outdoor space with gardens and live animals

Programs and events:

  • Adult Swim: Friday night event series; volunteers must be ages 21+
  • Theme Days: monthly family events on Saturdays
  • Free Family Night: First Wednesday of each month 5-8 pm
  • Sensory Friendly Night: Second Wednesday of each month 5-8 pm
  • Winter Wonder Weeks: 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.

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 attend a general orientation and a visitor engagement training.

Please contact us if you have any questions!

Volunteer Manager – Allie Dunham

Phone: (608) 256-6445, ext. 381
Fax: (608) 268-1398


Madison Children’s Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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