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Thursday–Sunday: 9 am–4 pm

Open Thursday to Sunday, 9 am–4 pm. Walk-up tickets available or reserve advance tickets for guaranteed entry

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Memberships for Families

Play for free every time you visit!

Membership is more than just a year of unlimited admission to a world-class museum: It’s your family’s invitation to members-only parties, exclusive events, exciting classes, special discounts and more.

Still have questions? Contact our membership team by email, or by phone at (608) 256-6445 ext. 550.

Membership Levels and Prices

Level & Price Includes Bonus Benefits Join Online
Wonder Maker
6 Members Free admission to select science centers, 50% off admission to select children’s museums, 8+ guest passes
Family Plus
6 Members Free admission to select science centers, 50% off admission to select children’s museums, 8 guest passes Join
4 Members Free admission to select science centers, 50% off admission to select children’s museums, 4 guest passes Join
2 Members Standard Benefits Only Join
Family Access
All Family
Terms Apply
Standard Benefits Only Join

Need to renew?  Renew Your Membership

Membership Benefits

Every Membership Level enjoys

Unlimited Free Admission

  • For all named individuals
  • A Family membership pays for itself in just 4 visits!

Exclusive Access

  • Member Morning:  Members-only time on the third open Saturday of each month, from 8:00–9:30 a.m.
  • Early registration for summer camps

Special Events

  • Invitations to exclusive Members-only Parties, including the annual PJ Party and Monster Mash
  • Sneak peeks of new exhibits


Additional benefits for Family, Family+, and WonderMaker 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 reciprocal admission benefits.
ACM Reciprocal Admission Benefits
50% off admission to participating Association of Children’s Museums museums. Learn more about reciprocal admission benefits.
Guest Pass
One-time-use guest passes good for museum admission. (See below for details)
Guest Passes 

Invite friends and family not listed on your membership to visit MCM with you for free.

  • 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. To use your passes, simply bring your guest with you when you visit and ask the front desk associate to apply your passes to your order. Note for summer 2021: guests using guest passes will never be turned away when accompanying members with reserved tickets.
  • Memberships come with 4-8 guest passes, depending on your membership level (Family: 4 passes; Family Plus, Donor, Wonder Maker levels: 8 passes).
  • Guest passes are usable for regular, daily admission only. Exclusions include ticketed events, private events, group visits. Contact the membership manager for details.

Four Ways to Join or Renew:

  1. Online: Purchase or renew a membership online at any time.
  2. Over the Phone: Call our membership manager at (608) 354-0550.
  3. By Mail: Download the registration form and mail it to us.
  4. In-Person: Download the registration form and bring it to the front desk on your next visit.

Download Registration Forms:
Member Registration Form – English
Formulario de Membresía – Español

Family Access Memberships

Subsidized memberships are available to families that qualify through public assistance or certain education programs. Check the list below to see if you qualify. Family Access memberships are available for a minimum of $15, but we ask that families give as much as they are able. Families able to pay a little more will allow us to serve more in need. This discounted rate is made possible by community gifts to the Access for Everyone campaign.

These memberships are available online, in-person, by phone or by mail (see “Four Options to Join or Renew” section above). Membership benefits will apply to the qualifying family and caregivers. Families may continue to renew at this level as long as they continue to qualify under these programs.

NEW! We no longer require documentation to register as a Family Access member, but please list your qualifying program(s) on your registration form.


Don’t qualify but are interested in helping? If you would like to make a gift to support Family Access memberships, please click here!

Membership Policies

  • Memberships are intended for families, and caregivers are welcome.
  • Members must be listed by name on the membership to receive benefits, including both adults and children.
  • You can change a name on a membership by contacting the membership manager.
  • Additional members can be added to a membership for $20 per person. Memberships can also be upgraded to the next level to add more members.
  • Memberships are active once payment is processed. You can visit the museum using an ID at any time.
  • Temporary digital cards (available for no additional charge) are available upon request; contact the membership department at
  • Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Membership dues for most membership levels are not tax-deductible. This includes Dual, Family, Family Plus, Family Access, Childcare, Classroom, and School memberships. *For Donor level memberships, at least $90 or more are tax-deductible, starting at the $250 level. The tax-deductible portion of your donor membership increases for higher donor levels, based on cost and benefits offered.
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