The museum is temporarily closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more

Temporarily Closed

The museum is temporarily closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more

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Temporarily Closed

While the museum building is closed, Madison Children’s Museum remains dedicated to our mission of connecting children with their families, their communities, and the world beyond through discovery learning and creative play. In this spirit, our education and communications team are developing free, online resources through our social media channels to support both you as caregivers and your children. 

Online Programs with our Education Team

We’re continuing four of our most popular in-museum programs online through videos on Facebook and YouTube and articles on our blog. New content for each program will be posted every-other-week, with “encore” episodes posted on off weeks, so there’s always something to watch or do.

  • Brain Builders with Heather videos or blog posts on Tuesdays, featuring activities designed for the developmental needs of pre-schoolers
  • Music with Junebug videos on Wednesdays, featuring interactive songs, activities, dances, and Japanese language storybook readings for babies, pre-schoolers, and early elementary school children
  • Mess Monsters with Laurie videos on Fridays, featuring art projects that inspire creativity while building critical developmental skills of pre-school and elementary school-aged children
  • Exploration Stations with Cheryl videos on Saturdays, featuring science, nature, and STEM learning activities for pre-school and elementary school-aged children

Watch MCM at Home

Visit our MCM Blog and view our archive of things to do at home.

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Madison Children’s Museum Members & Families Facebook Group

One of the hardest parts of social distancing is the loss of community. Families with young children are particularly prone to feeling isolated at the best of times, and now that playdates, playgroups, and other get-togethers are gone it can get really lonely for both adults and kids. With this in mind, we’re launching a new Facebook Group, Madison Children’s Museum Members & Families. Join this group to connect with other families who value creative play, and get first access to all of our new MCM at Home materials.

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This group is created for, but not limited to, museum members. Other families and friends can benefit from this community too—please share and invite them.

Explore Your Neighborhood with Scavenger Hunt Bingo Games

Download a Scavenger Hunt and get out to explore your neighborhood!

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How to Support MCM

Madison Children’s Museum is a privately funded nonprofit organization. The museum does not receive direct funding from the City of Madison or the State of Wisconsin; rather, we rely on both the generosity of our community and revenue from daily visitors to operate. Your generosity is deeply appreciated, and we will “play it forward” to the children of Madison and Dane County.

Share our content on social media

Sharing our MCM at home videos and links is a great way to not only support other parents and caregivers with free resources they can use, it helps build our community of museum supporters. We know that finances are difficult for many families in our community. If you want to support the museum but don’t have financial means to do so, please like and share our content on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Purchase tickets to the museum for your family and friends

When you buy tickets online you can use them any day that the museum is open and they never expire. As a bonus for visitors making an investment in the museum by buying while we’re closed when the museum opens we will mail you one guest pass for every order of two or more tickets you place during the closure. You can use these passes for extra visits for your family, or give them to friends.
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Become a Museum Member

Members support the work of Madison Children’s Museum and get free admission for the full year, as well as a wealth of other benefits depending on membership level, including free or 50% admission to hundreds of other museums. Madison Children’s Museum will extend all new and current memberships by one month for each month that the museum is closed.
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Donate to the museum

Your gift to the museum will ensure that we make it through the difficult days ahead. More importantly, your gift will help us continue to provide a healthy abundance of joy and wonder to children and families when they need it most.
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