Open Thursday to Sunday, 9 am–4 pm. Walk-up tickets available or reserve advance tickets for guaranteed entry

Thursday–Sunday: 9 am–4 pm

Open Thursday to Sunday, 9 am–4 pm. Walk-up tickets available or reserve advance tickets for guaranteed entry

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Thursday–Sunday: 9 am–4 pm

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 Requirements

3/1/2022: we continue to require masks for all visitors ages 2 and up in our indoor spaces at this time. 

Everyone ages 2 and up must wear a face mask that covers the nose and mouth. This includes individuals who have already been vaccinated against COVID-19. The majority of our visitors are young children who are not yet able to be vaccinated. By masking we both model good behavior for children and protect their health. We will continue to monitor conditions and consult public health guidance for places where children congregate and adjust our policies accordingly.

Masks may only be removed in our dining area, which has been moved to the Celebrations event room, or in open-air play spaces like the Rooftop Ramble and the Wonderground.

Any visitor who refuses to comply with mask requirements may be asked to leave the premises.

Our pizza cafe is closed, but snacks and drinks may be purchased at the gift shop and eaten in the Celebrations room dining area. Visitors are also welcome to bring in their own food to be eaten in the Celebrations room dining area. Visitors may also get a hand stamp at the front desk for reentry and exit to eat outside or at one of the many family-friendly restaurants nearby.

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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