Madison Children's Museum

100 North Hamilton Street


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.


Adriana Todd

Friday, June 1, 2018
My husband and I have been taking our little one since she was 3 months old. She loves it! Even if she’s still a little young for some of the activities, she still enjoys watching all the kids play around. We’ve enjoyed different infant events. Great place to visit during winter days or even super hot summer days!

Katelyn Studener

Monday, May 14, 2018
Great place for children who are masters of walking. Brought my crawling daughter and there wasn't much for her to do. But absolutely LOVED the changing stations in the bathrooms! And maybe if there was a breastfeeding station that would help some mothers, but there isn't one.

Elizabeth Hetrick

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Fantastic children's museum right on the capitol square. In many ways it's so interactive it barely feels like a museum. Mostly for children over the age of 5 but we have an eleven month old who is just learning to walk and even she found things to do and loved it!

Sandra Dingle

Monday, June 11, 2018
Great place to take kids! Lots of things to explore and do. Not as big as I thought it would be but has lots going on.. the extra activities are also fun.

Zephyr Brammerson

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Took our six month old here the other day and had a great time. His eyes were popping out of his head the whole time. Its definitely geared more towards the mobility inclined children/older children, but it can be a fun learning experience for all. The roof top was the best part. No spoilers, you'll have to check it out yourself.

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