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Access for Everyone

Access for Everyone programs serve our community by providing a place for all children to explore, develop their intellects, and connect with their families, their communities, and the world beyond—regardless of barriers. The developmental benefits of play are critical to every child’s growth and the museum’s access programs ensure that all children and families are equipped with critical resources to succeed.

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Free or Reduced Price Admissions & Membership Access Programs

Access Admission

The $1 Access Admission program removes financial barriers, allowing families to engage in amazing discovery play at Madison Children’s Museum. Access Admissions served over 13,000 people last year.

This admission rate is available every day the museum is open to the general public, to families that qualify for Family Access Memberships. Check the list of qualifying programs below. If you qualify, ask for the Access Admission rate at the front desk, no proof necessary.

Family Access Memberships

The $15+ Access Membership program removes financial barriers, allowing families to engage in amazing discovery play at Madison Children’s Museum. Memberships allow families to visit the museum frequently, engaging in lots of developmentally vital play. Last year, over 3,400 families benefited from this program—and they visited more than 26,000 times!

Subsidized memberships are available to families that qualify through public assistance or certain education programs. Check the list below to see if you qualify. We do not require documentation to register as a Family Access member, but please list your qualifying program(s) on your registration form. Family Access memberships are available on a sliding scale, with a minimum of $15, and we ask that families give as much as they are able.

Qualifying programs for Access Admission & Family Access Membership:

Foodshare / QuestSSIIEP/504
Childcare SubsidyW2MMSD Play & Learn
BadgerCare PlusSSDIBig Brothers/Big Sisters
Free/Reduced School LunchUnemploymentSAPAR
MedicaidSection 8YWCA
WICHead StartFoster Care
WHEAPBirth to 3 

First-Time Parent Membership

The First-Time Parent Membership program helps new families and babies benefit from museum visits right from the start. Through exploration and play, these babies are learning, growing, and developing into healthy kids. This free membership has served over 3,400 families!

More information, including registration here.

Free Admission Events

Upcoming free special events include Science on the Square, Friday, October 14; and Gallery Night, Friday, November 4, 2022.


Other Access Programs

Access for School Kids

The Access for School Kids (ASK) program supports school field trips to Madison Children’s Museum. Discounted group rates are available for schools and other educational groups, based on the number of children enrolled in free- or reduced-lunch programs. Last year, ASK helped more than 6,400 kids explore the museum together at reduced rates!

School Age Parent Program (SAPAR)

In collaboration with Madison Metro School District, SAPAR provides tools teenage mothers need to become self-sufficient, independent members of the community—all while learning how to parent and play.

Sensory-Friendly Hours

Visitors with sensory needs may visit during our member-only hours in 2022, which typically provide a calm and quiet visit with low attendance.

Teen Workforce

The Teen Workforce program addresses employment disparities by connecting teens with first-time job experiences, job skills training, and professional development at Madison Children’s Museum


Support Access for Everyone at Madison Children’s Museum

Access for Everyone programs are made possible by the generous support of individual, institutional, and corporate donors. Help us continue to offer and expand Access programs with a donation today.

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