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

School-Year: 9:30–5, Tues.–Sun. Closed Mon.

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

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School-Year: 9:30–5, Tues.–Sun. Closed Mon.

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Plan Your Visit & Get Tickets
Hours of Operation & When to Visit
Admission Rates
Location & Parking
Museum Amenities
Program Calendar & Special Events
Photo Policy


Plan your visit!

Learn through play as you explore and discover award-winning fun designed for kids ages 0 to 12. Our three exhibit floors—including the Wildernest for littles, the ever-creative art studio, and the rooftop garden’s grand view—are bursting with family-friendly activities.  The museum is located downtown, at the corner of Madison’s Capitol Square. Check out our floor plan and visitor guide.

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Hours of Operation & When to Visit

The museum is temporarily closed due to the current public health situation.

School-Year Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Seven Days a Week, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Check our full hours & schedule.  The museum is almost always open, but closes for some holidays, extreme weather, fundraisers, maintenance, and most school-year Mondays.

When to Visit

Some children love bustle, excitement, and playing with lots of new kids. Others need more calm and less stimulation. You can plan your visit to meet your child’s individual needs.

Weekdays are always quieter than weekends, and ends of the day are calmer. Sundays are also less busy than Saturdays. We host more school groups in the spring semester, and they generally prefer mid-morning visits. We’re always busier on days when schools are closed, see the Madison Metropolitan School District calendar for more details.


Tickets/Admission Rates

Museum Members Free — Become a Member
Children under 1 Free
Adults $9
Children $9
Seniors & Grandparents $8
Family Access Admission $1
* Available to families that qualify
* Check list of qualifying programs here

For guests’ safety, children must be accompanied by a chaperone age 16 and older. If you are bringing more than 10 children, please look at our group visit information.


Location and Parking


100 N. Hamilton Street
Madison, WI 53703

There are metered spaces on the streets surrounding the museum. There are also two parking ramps located within easy walking distance of the museum. Click here to see more information about parking.


Museum Amenities

While you’re here enjoying all the fun, be sure to take advantage of our amenities and services:


Program Calendar & Special Events

Be sure to check out our calendar of daily programs and special events, to see what’s coming up at Madison Children’s Museum!


Photo Policy

While at Madison Children’s Museum or museum-sponsored events, visitors may be photographed by museum photographers. These images may be used to publicize the museum in print, online, and display materials, and may also be distributed to the media. If you do not wish your photograph to be used by the museum, please speak to our staff at the front desk.

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