Madison Children’s Museum's hands-on exhibits and programs celebrate and encourage children’s imaginations and the power of play as the cornerstone of learning.
Across three floors of exhibits, children birth to age 12 explore, learn, and most important, have fun, in a variety of interactive environments. The littlest visitors can wander through the Wildernest, a rustic play-space built almost entirely from natural materials and sustainably harvested hardwoods. Toddlers climb into the raised treehouse or take temporary residence in a mini-village of activity huts made from straw and mud. Suspended above the Wildernest is the Bone Bridge, an elevated walkway designed to resemble the vertebrae of a large animal, perhaps a sea serpent or a giant's pet snake. Afterward, visitors can refuel with a solid snack at The Roman Candle Sparkler -- and maybe even dessert, made of cloth and felt, at Pie in the Sky Diner. All the while, museum mascot Gertrude the Cow hangs from the ceiling and keeps watch.
At the top of MCM, the Rooftop Ramble stands tall above a sweeping view of the Madison skyline, two lakes, and the museum itself. Kids can explore the wonders of the greenhouse and live-animal terrariums.
Madison Children's Museum is also a popular destination for birthday parties and after-hours events.
The museum's Access for Everyone programs allow all children to explore, develop their intellects, and connect with other children — regardless of barriers such as financial hardship or cognitive and physical disabilities. The developmental benefits of play are critical to every child’s growth and the museum’s access programs ensure that all children and families are equipped with critical resources to succeed. The full price of admission is $7.95 for children and adults -- the access admission rate for those who qualify by need, is $1 per person. Free Family Nights, the first Wednesday of each month, allow families to enjoy the museum free of charge.
MCM is a proud recipient of the 2011 National Medal for Museum Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.