Open Wed–Sun 9am–4pm, plus late on Thur til 8pm. • Get tickets.

Open Wed–Sun 9am–4pm, plus late on Thur til 8pm. • Get tickets.

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Member Benefits

Every membership level enjoys standard member benefits:

Unlimited free admission

  • Every person (child or adult) named on the membership can visit for free for a whole year
  • Members can reserve free advance tickets for guaranteed entry (recommended for peace of mind during busier holiday times or special events) OR walk-in and visit for free any time the museum isn’t at capacity (which is the vast majority of open hours)

Exclusive access & special events

  • Member Mornings: On the first Saturday of each month, the museum opens an hour early, just for members (Pro tip: Member Morning matches up well with a trip to the popular Dane County Farmers’ Market on the Capitol Square during the warmer months)
  • Invitations to member-only parties and special celebrations
  • Sneak peeks at new exhibits

Discounts inside the museum & in the community

  • 15% discount on books, toys, and souvenirs from our gift shop
  • 10% discount on all other museum purchases, including tickets for guests and friends; birthday parties, camps, and other special programs.
  • Discounts at local partners, including Overture Center

Additional benefits for Family, Family+, and Wonder Maker level members

Reciprocal Admission to Partner Museums

ASTC reciprocal admission benefits
Free admission to participating Association of Science and Technology Center museums. Learn more about ASTC reciprocal admission benefits and review a current list of participating museums
ACM Reciprocal Admission Benefits
50% off admission to participating Association of Children’s Museums museums. Learn more about ACM reciprocal admission benefits and review a current list of participating museums

To use reciprocal admissions benefits you must present your MCM membership card at the admissions desk of the participating museum. You can use your digital card or visit the MCM front desk and we’ll fill out a paper card for you in advance. You may also be asked to show ID. (Note that other museums cannot look up your MCM membership, so make sure you have access to your card before you visit.)

We recommend that you check the website of the museum you intend to visit for current hours, ticketing information, and safety restrictions.

Guest passes 

Family, Family+, and Wonder Maker membership levels include a limited number of guest passes to bring friends and family not listed on your membership

Level Number of guest passes
Wonder Maker10 guest passes
Family Plus10 guest passes
Family6 guest passes
Dual2 guest passes
  • When you buy or renew your membership, your guest passes will be applied directly to your digital membership record and held on file at the museum
  • Guests must be accompanied by a museum member
  • To use your guest passes, ask at the front desk when you visit and your guests will be admitted (even if the museum is otherwise at capacity)
  • If you run out of guest passes before the end of your membership year, you can always buy admission for your guests and receive a 10% membership discount on the purchase
  • Guest passes are usable for regular, daily admission only. Exclusions include ticketed events, private events, and group visits. Contact the membership manager for details.
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