Fall hours: Thur 9 am-8 pm  •  Fri-Sun 9 am-4 pm  •  Closed Mon-Wed  •  Check full schedule.

Open Thur-Sun

Fall hours: Thur 9 am-8 pm  •  Fri-Sun 9 am-4 pm  •  Closed Mon-Wed  •  Check full schedule.

Visit the Museum 608.256.6445 Find Us
Open Thur-Sun

Visit Madison Children’s Museum

Quick Navigation

Plan Your 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 birth 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, on Madison’s Capitol Square. Check out our floor plan and visitor guide.

Visiting with 12 or more people? Use our Group Visit request process.

Fall 2022 Museum Hours

  • Open to the public Thursday 9 am–8 pm & Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 9 am–4 pm.
  • Closed Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday.

Walkup tickets are available at time of entry. Advance tickets guarantee entry, even at busy times.

Member Mornings: First Saturday of the Month

Special extra playtime only for MCM Members

  • Monthly Member Mornings: First Saturday of the month, 8–9 am.

See our Hours & Schedule page for updates and special hours for school breaks and holidays.

Mask Policy

Masks Required Sundays; Recommended all other days

  • Thursday, Friday, & Saturday: Face masks are recommended but not required. MCM staff will continue to wear masks.
  • Sundays only: Everyone ages 3 and up must wear a face mask that covers the nose and mouth. Masks may be removed in our dining area and outside spaces.

Additionally, masks are required at all times for anyone (adults or children) showing symptoms of a respiratory illness such as cough, congestion, or runny nose. Any visitor who refuses to comply with mask requirements may be asked to leave the premises.

Please stay home if you or a family member have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus. Help model good hygiene for kids by washing hands frequently and using the many hand-sanitizer dispensers throughout the building.

policy updated 9/13/2022

When to Visit

Some children love bustle, excitement, and playing with lots of new kids. Others need more calm and less stimulation. 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.


Museum MembersFree — Become a Member
Children under 1Free
Seniors & Grandparents$11
Family Access Admission$1 Available to families that qualify

For guests’ safety, children must be accompanied by a chaperone age 16 or older.

Advance tickets recommended, no longer required

All visitors to Madison Children’s Museum can purchase walk-up tickets for same-day play. Come right up to the admissions desk for your tickets to learn, explore, and have fun.

Walk-up admission is subject to capacity limits; advance reservations via online tickets are still available and will guarantee entry.

On extremely busy days we may temporarily limit admission to those with advance tickets. Most days and times we anticipate that walk-up tickets will be available.

Advance Tickets are good for a specific date and arrival timeslot

Once you get in, you can play all day long until the museum closes. You may exit and re-enter with a handstamp.

Your ticket will show an hour-long arrival timeslot. Try to arrive within that hour

Ticket Exchanges & Refunds

No refunds on museum tickets will be issued.

Please try to select your ticket time carefully, however, if you discover that you cannot make your selected ticket time, you may request a ticket exchange up to 24 hours ahead of your scheduled visit. The procedure is different for member and public tickets. Please see below.

Member Tickets

Members may cancel their tickets via the button below. Please rebook your visit via the member ticket calendar.

Public Ticket Exchange

Public tickets may be exchanged once at no charge for a future date and time chosen from currently available time slots. The request for an exchange must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your originally scheduled arrival time. Your patience is necessary and greatly appreciated; this exchange system is human-powered, not automated.

Location & Parking

100 N. Hamilton St.
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. Find more information about parking.

Museum Amenities

Program Calendar & Special Events

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 want your photograph to be used by the museum, please speak to our staff at the front desk.

© 2022 Madison Children's Museum | Privacy Policy