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Tickets & Museum Admission

A trip to the Madison Children’s Museum is a great family adventure. Our building is brimming with changing exhibits, daily events, and drop-in activities, so there’s always something new to discover.


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

Pro tip: Visit in the afternoons when we’re less busy!

As in previous years, we’ve found that there are far fewer visitors in the afternoons. If you’re looking for a quieter time when you’ll have more of the museum to yourself, reserve a ticket for noon or later.

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.

Ways to Save

Free Admission with Membership

Members receive unlimited admission all year round. Learn about all the benefits and levels of membership by visiting our membership page.

Membership TypeDetailsRequired for Discount
Dual, Family, Family Plus and Donor LevelsUnlimited admission for all individuals named on the membership.Purchase a membership.
First-Time ParentUnlimited admission for all individuals named on the membership.Free for any parent of a first child/children. Apply online.
Family AccessUnlimited admission for all named individuals.Purchase a family access membership, ($15+). Families must qualify. Check the list of qualifying programs here.
Childcare Provider MembersUnlimited admission on weekdays only for named adults and a group of children.Purchase a childcare membership. Check the membership page for registration forms and details.


Discount Programs

$1 Access Admission

Individuals and families who qualify for access admission can visit for $1 per person. This discount is available every day the museum is open, available to families that qualify for our 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.


Planning to visit frequently? Consider getting an Access Membership instead, which includes admission for your family for a whole year. Family Access memberships are available for a minimum of $15, but we ask that families give as much as they are able. Families able to pay a little more will allow us to serve more in need.

Blue Star Museum admission for active-duty military

From Memorial Day through Labor Day active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, can enjoy free admission to MCM. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across the U.S. See the full list of participating museums here.

Veterans Day Free Admission

On Veterans Day, we are pleased to offer all veterans and active-duty military personnel free admission to MCM all day. If the active-duty family member is currently deployed, the free admission can be enjoyed by another family member.

When Veterans Day falls on a day when the museum is closed, free admission will be available on the next open day.

Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) Reciprocal Network

Members of participating children’s museums receive 50% off admission for up to 6 people. To receive this discount an adult must present a valid membership card with ACM logo and a photo ID.  See the complete list of participating museums and guidelines.

Association of Science and Technology (ASTC) Travel Passport

Members of participating museums located 90 miles* or more from the Children’s Museum to receive reciprocal free admission for up to 6 people. To receive this discount an adult must present a valid membership card with ASTC logo cardholders photo ID. *Discovery World members are able to receive this ASTC reciprocal discount. See the complete list of participating museums and guidelines.

For more information about reciprocal benefit networks here is a helpful guide.

Madison Children’s Museum members also receive ACM and ASTC reciprocal admission benefits at hundreds of museums around the country. Find out about all the benefits of an MCM membership here.

Gift Cards

Know someone who’d like to visit Madison Children’s Museum? Gift certificates are sold year-round and make a great gift for birthdays, holidays, and more! Gift certificates are valid for admission, membership, camps, programs and more.

Order online or visit our front desk to purchase!

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