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Madison Children’s Museum Ranked as a Top Children’s Museum Nationwide in USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Award

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MADISON, Wis. ––  USAToday/10Best announced that Madison Children’s Museum ranked in the top 10 in the 2020 USA Today/10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for the Best Children’s Museum. Initial nominations—comprising 20 museums—were made by an expert panel of travel journalists from around the country and then voted upon by the public to determine who would make the top 10. The winners were revealed in an announcement on February 28, 2020.

“We’re focused on providing fun opportunities for creative, open-ended play—the kind that connects kids and their caregivers, whether they are babies in the First-Time Parent Membership program or school-age kids coming to our spring break STEM activities. But it’s great to take a breath, stop, and appreciate that our work is recognized.” said Deb Gilpin, president and CEO of the museum.“As one of the smallest museums and metro areas in the rankings, we are particularly pleased. We beat out some very stiff competition from excellent museums. We’re grateful that our members, visitors, donors, and partners rallied to vote for us.”

The top ten winners are as follows:
1.    The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
2.    City Museum
3.    The Magic House
4.    Kohl Children’s Museum
5.    Children’s Museum of Houston
6.    Museum of Discovery
7.    Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
8.    Children’s Museum of Denver
9.    The Strong Museum
10.   Madison Children’s Museum

Madison Children’s Museum is consistently ranked as a top 10 children’s museum in various national rankings across its nearly 40 years of operation and ranks top of category in many local polls. See a list of award highlights.

The museum is currently preparing for special programming during area school spring breaks, and encourages the community to come discover, or be reminded, why the museum is ranked as one of the best in the country.


  • Connects children with their families, their community and the world beyond through creative learning and discovery play
  • Strives to make all families feel welcome, valued, and included by living the ideals of Access, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Is a community hub for children and families from every corner of Madison, and serves more than 200,000 visitors per year
  • Is a community partner and gateway for families to access and participate in other cultural institutions and community programs

Founded in 1980, the museum’s hands-on exhibits and programs celebrate and encourage children’s imaginations and the power of play as cornerstones of learning. The museum is a proud recipient of the 2011 National Medal for Museum Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. To learn more, visit, call (608) 256-6445, and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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