Hours: Wed–Sun 9 am–4 pm, plus late on Thur til 8 pm • Closed Mon/Tue • Check full schedule

Hours: Wed–Sun 9 am–4 pm, plus late on Thur til 8 pm • Closed Mon/Tue • Check full schedule

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Community Concourse

Expect the unexpected in the DeAtley Community Concourse!

From the moment they step into the museum, children can explore interactive water exhibits, gear exhibits, ball runs, video pieces, and public art. There are surprises to be found and investigations to be made in this free, public space.

Sidewalk Surprise Exhibit

The Community Concourse also contains our rotating Sidewalk Surprise exhibit. Spontaneous and unpredictable, enjoyed whether you’re just strolling by the museum or stopping in for a visit. The exhibit features pop-up art in the museum windows with work from kids, local artists, and community members. View information on the current Sidewalk Surprise.

Collections & Art Studio Mini Gallery

Stop by the central pillars to check out what is new in the Collections and the Art Studio Mini Gallery cases. The Collections area features a frequently changing display of all the things people in our community collect. The Art Studio Mini Gallery features art by kids in the museum, community artists, or both!

Windows to the Past Exhibit

Currently: A Stitch in Time
Opened June 2019

Next to our front desk, kids can go down a few steps and back in time to a special exhibit area dedicated to exploring Madison’s past. Interact with historical objects, play pretend, and learn what life was like for other generations of children living in Wisconsin.

Seymore’s Adventure Exhibit

Opened January 20, 2017

Seymore’s Adventure won MCM’s 2016 Polling Place election, with 36% of the vote cast by our under-18 visitors. Seymore returns to the museum floor after first appearing in MCM’s Leap Into Lakes exhibit nearly twenty years ago. Come have an adventure with Seymore and learn about fish anatomy and lake habitats while you play! Crawl through Seymore, imagine yourself below the surface of the lake, don a life jacket and catch fish from a boat, try on lake create costumes, learn about water, wetlands and limnology, plus more!

The Community Concourse is possible by Bill and Jan DeAtley.

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