Open Thursday–Sunday, 9–4 | Reserve tickets for guaranteed entry | Wonderground included with all tickets

Thursday–Sunday, 9 am–4 pm

Open Thursday–Sunday, 9–4 | Reserve tickets for guaranteed entry | Wonderground included with all tickets

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Thursday–Sunday, 9 am–4 pm

Madison Children’s Museum Reopening

July 8, 2021

Walk on in!

Advance Tickets are now optional

Starting today, 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. As a COVID safety measure, we continue to limit in-museum capacity to about half of usual visitation. 
Masks are required for adults and children ages 2 and up.
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.
Pro tip: Advance tickets are a good idea for our most popular times: weekend mornings or during inclement weather. For a more spacious experience, visit in the afternoons and on weekdays. 

General Visiting Info

This summer, the museum is open 9 am–4 pm, Thursdays through Sundays 
Entry is free for museum members, $12 for children age 1+ and adults, $11 for grandparents and seniors, and free for babies under age 1. The museum offers discounted membership (starting at $15) or discounted admission ($1 per person) to individuals who qualify through our Access for Everyone programs.
In addition to limiting capacity and requiring masks, the museum continues with other COVID safety measures, including enhanced cleaning and upgraded air circulation equipment. 

June 3: soft opening for museum members – June 24: open to the general public


April 22, 2021

Madison Children’s Museum announces dates for reopening & new procedures for visits

Madison Children’s Museum has been closed since March 13, 2020, due to the pandemic. Now conditions are right for a cautious reopening. The museum will begin a phased reopening this June, with changes made to operations to protect the health of visitors and staff.
  • New hours of operation: MCM will open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Soft Opening,” only for museum members, starting June 3: Members are the heart of Madison Children’s Museum and we deeply appreciate the support members have given the museum during this difficult closure. As we reopen, we want to prioritize members, and also enlist their partnership in creating and implementing new procedures for a safe, fun museum experience. From June 3 to June 20 admission will be available for museum members only. Members who visit during the soft opening will be asked to give feedback on new policies and procedures so that we can improve and provide the best possible experience for all families.
  • Open to the public June 24: We will welcome back visitors from the general public starting on June 24. Admissions will continue to be limited in accordance with, or going further than, public health guidelines.
  • Reduced capacity, reserved tickets: We will begin to welcome visitors back at capacities significantly below the thresholds recommended under current public health requirements. To manage capacity and facilitate distancing, visitors will be required to purchase (or in the case of museum members, reserve) tickets for a specific entry time via a new, online system, which will also allow for express, low-contact admission at our front desk. Once admitted, visitors can stay and play for the rest of the day.
  • Masks for all ages 3 and up: To protect the health and safety of all our visitors and staff, everyone in the museum ages 3 and up will need to wear a face mask fully covering both mouth and nose.
More information coming soon! 
More updates and information will be forthcoming, including additional health and safety measures, how and when to purchase or reserve tickets, information for current members, changes to museum programs and exhibits, and employment opportunities at MCM.
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Breaking Ground for the Wonderground

The museum broke ground today on a major expansion project, to be called the Wonderground. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by community leaders and partners to launch the construction of a new 10,000-square-foot exhibit for outdoor, active play behind the museum. The Wonderground will feature an awe-inspiring climbing sculpture as centerpiece to a new outdoor play space, the museum’s historic log cabin, and assorted smaller hands-on exhibits and adventures. Demolition begins Saturday (4/24) and we plan for the project to be complete and open to visitors by the end of summer. See our Wonderground exhibit page for more information.


Our Future in Play

The pandemic has been hard on the museum, as it has on most. And the summer and fall will continue to challenge our resources as we open and operate amidst restrictions — even as demand increases for our need-based admission programs.

The museum’s Our Future in Play initiative is working to raise the funds needed to reopen the museum as planned, complete the Wonderground, and keep the museum strong in the difficult times to come. We must raise $4 million by June 30, 2021. And thanks to many generous donors, over $3.41 million (85%) has already been raised. Your support will help get us over the finish line.

Madison Children’s Museum’s future depends on YOU.​ Together, we can preserve this National Medal–winning, top ten children’s museum while bringing joy and hope back to children and families when they need it most.​ Please consider a gift of any amount today.

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