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August Hours: Open every day except Mondays. Check member and public hours.

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Health and Safety at Madison Children’s Museum

At Madison Children’s Museum, we have always taken the health of our visitors seriously; our new COVID safety procedures detailed below add to the already robust sanitation practices we had in place before the pandemic. Children’s museums, including MCM, have long been at the forefront of best practices in cleaning and disinfecting shared objects and spaces.

Mask Policy

Masks Recommended Saturdays; Required all other days

  • Saturdays only: Face masks are recommended but not required. MCM staff will continue to wear masks.
  • All other days: Everyone ages 3 and up must wear a face mask that covers the nose and mouth. Masks may be removed in our dining area and outside spaces. Any visitor who refuses to comply with mask requirements may be asked to leave the premises.

policy updated 8/1/2022

We will continue to monitor conditions and consult public health guidance for indoor public places and places where children congregate and adjust our policies accordingly.

Reduced Capacity

MCM has lowered the number of visitors allowed in the building at any given time to less than half of pre-COVID levels. Staff monitor the current occupancy throughout the day and new walk-up admission is paused when we near capacity. Our daily capacity limits leave room for all holders of advance tickets to arrive, and visitors are encouraged to reserve tickets in advance to guarantee entry.

Facility and Exhibits Upgrades

HVAC has been updated to the recommended MERV-13 filtration level, with the addition of an ionizing system and increased air circulation cycles throughout the day

Restrooms have been improved to support best handwashing habits

Museum staff will clean and sanitize exhibit components and other high-touch surfaces throughout the day. The museum has multiple sets of “loose parts” components for frequent rotation. Additional receptacles have been placed out for visitors to store items that their children may have soiled during their visit.


Museum staff will wear face masks at all times while in the museum and will follow best practices for handwashing

Staff are asked to self-monitor for symptoms and to stay home when ill. All employees receive paid sick leave, to encourage staff to stay home when sick

Staff and contractor hours allocated to facility cleaning have been increased

Visitor Responsibility

  • Wear your mask at all times in all required areas, covering your nose and mouth, and ensure that everyone in your party aged 2 or older is properly masked.
  • Stay home if you or a family member show symptoms or have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus
  • Wash your hands frequently. Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth. Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Model good behavior for your children and the other children around you. Encourage adjusting masks when they slip and demonstrate good hygiene.
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