Madison Children's Museum

Address: 100 North Hamilton Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-256-6445


Madison Children’s Museum connects children with their families, their communities, and the world beyond through discovery learning and creative play.


Early childhood specialists founded Madison Children’s Museum in 1980. Volunteers oversaw traveling exhibits and a temporary home at the Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, until the popular program found a home in a warehouse on West Washington Ave, followed by a move to 100 State Street in 1991.

Expansion began again in 2005 when MCM acquired a $5 million, five-story building through the generosity of W. Jerome Frautschi. Renovation joined innovation with a $10 million capital campaign highlighting recycled materials, local builders, and a rooftop garden. Through these efforts, MCM has become a national leader in museum practices.

Our Hamilton Street facility opened its doors in August 2010, serving a bigger audience in a learning playground emphasizing art, science, history, culture, health, and civic engagement.

Recent News

  • Summer Camps 2015

    Schedule:Sheep-to-Shawl Camp (SOLD OUT)Note: This camp is full; registration has closed. In this five-day camp, students of all ages will learn how to process raw wool: wash, card, and dye it. They can use their roving to spin yarn for knitting or crochet, or needle felt a p...

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  • Winter Wonder Week

    Schedule Of EventsMonday, January 2, 2012Ice Harvesting: 10:30–11:30 a.m.Learn about the process for harvesting ice during the winter and why it was so important for pioneers. Free with museum admissionLocation: Log CabinRecycled Rope Making: 1pm – 3pmJoin us for a demon...

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