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.

Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 13, 2020

How to Support Madison Children’s Museum

Madison Children’s Museum is committed to families and children in our community. At this time, it’s uncertain when the museum will reopen. We rely heavily on admissions and event revenue and, like many of our fellow nonprofits, we face unprecedented challenges in the days to come. However, our forty-year history has taught us that a small group of dedicated people, when backed by a supportive community, can do amazing things against all odds. Even at a “social distance” you can act now to support the museum.

 

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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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.


March 13, 2020

Closure Announcement

Madison Children’s Museum will temporarily close to the public beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While we know of no confirmed cases in museum staff or guests, the museum is closing out of an abundance of caution, in accordance with local public health recommendations to keep our community safe. The museum will remain closed for a minimum of two weeks. All events at the museum will be rescheduled or canceled. Museum leadership will confer to review the situation and recommendations from health authorities to decide when the museum can safely reopen.

Staff will continue to care for the animals and plants inside the museum. A small number of staff members will continue working remotely, at deeply reduced hours. We ask that people who need to contact the museum, or individual staff, exercise patience. Non-essential messages will be returned once we have fully reopened.

We encourage caregivers to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We will offer educational and interactive activities and information to help families with young children through what might feel like long, trying days. We all need to get creative about how we will sustain community in a “social distancing” world.

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. Thank you for your understanding and please consider giving to the museum to help sustain our organization during this challenging time. Love is also contagious.

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Updates and information regarding reopening will be provided to the public via this page on the museum’s website, email lists, and social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).

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