Open Wed–Sun 9am–4pm, plus late on Thur til 8pm. • Get tickets.

Open Wed–Sun 9am–4pm, plus late on Thur til 8pm. • Get tickets.

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Getting Here: Directions, Parking & More

Madison Children’s Museum

100 N. Hamilton Street
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 256-6445

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Enter using the main door, located on the corner of Hamilton and Pinckney Streets, closest to the Capitol building. Proceed to the front desk, past the stained glass window and the Windows to the Past exhibit, on your left.

Parking Options

Madison Children’s Museum does not have attached parking. There are two parking ramps located within easy walking distance of the museum and several areas of on-street metered parking.

Weekday RateWeekend Rate
Capitol Square North Garage$1.50/hr$1.50/hr, $8 max
Metered Street Parking$2.00/hr$2.00/hr Saturday,
Free on Sundays
ULI Dayton/Pinckney Ramp$6.00/hr for first 2 hours, $3.00/hr thereafter
in 20 minute increments
$10 flat fee after 4 pm
$10 flat fee
Non-Metered Street ParkingFree, 2-hour limit in most places
check signs for no parking times
same as weekday

mcm-parking-lotParking Garages

There are two parking garages with unlimited same-day parking within one block of the museum, and several other garages within walking distance.

  • The Capitol Square North Garage, the city-operated lot on the right side of the map above, typically has the most daytime parking availability, the most affordable parking rates, and is one short block away from the museum. No elevator, but street-level parking is often available on the lower level that exits onto Dayton/Hamilton, and some strollers can manage the couple of steps down from the upper floor exit onto the Mifflin/Webster corner.
  • The ULI Dayton/Pinckney Ramp the privately-owned lot on the left side of the map is located just across N. Pinckney St. from the museum. This lot usually has disability-accessible parking spots on its first floor and often has parking available on the top floor during the day. No elevator.
  • There are several other parking ramps within walking distance of the museum. This site shows vacant parking space availability in lots in Madison.

On-Street Parking

Metered street parking is available on the streets surrounding the museum. All Madison meters now accept payment via coins, credit cards, and mobile apps. The front desk of the museum can usually make change from cash if you need coins to feed a meter. Note that meters are FREE on Sundays.

Non-metered street parking is available on the residential streets north of the museum. Parking is free with a 2-hour limit in most areas. Be sure to read the posted signs as many streets have designated no-parking times, including on Thursdays or Fridays before 12 pm or after 4 pm for some larger streets.

Public Transportation

Many bus routes stop near Madison Children’s Museum. For more information, including route planning, visit the Madison Metro’s website. Type “Madison Children’s Museum” into the site’s Google Transit Planner to get a custom plan for bus transportation from your location to the museum.

On Saturdays during Farmer’s Market season, bus stops are diverted onto the Webster and Dayton sides of the museum.


Bike parking can be found outside the main entrance.

We located near many bike routes, and two B-Cycle Stations are within a two block radius of the museum.

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