Madison Children's Museum

Key Info

100 N. Hamilton St.

Price & Hours

$9 for adults and children; $8 for seniors; free for infants 1 and younger
Hours vary seasonally


Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 3.5Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 3.0Atmosphere

The Madison Children's Museum is home to a variety of spaces and activities to keep little ones entertained. Along with indoor exhibits like an art studio and a Frank Lloyd Wright-themed mock building zone, the museum offers outdoor exhibits that aim to teach kids about sustainability and composting. It also features plants, as well as animals like chickens.

Past visitors said the museum is a great place to bring small kids (no older than 12) thanks to all the interactive exhibits. However, they did warn that the food at the on-site cafe is average and overpriced. Save your money by packing your own snacks or lunch. 

If you're hoping to avoid any school crowds, plan your visit for a weekday afternoon. According to the museum, the attraction usually welcomes school groups during the spring semester around mid-morning.

The Madison Children's Museum is located in downtown Madison, within walking distance of the Wisconsin state Capitol. During the school year, it's open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; during the summer months, it welcomes visitors daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $9 for adults and children, $8 for seniors and are free for infants 1 and younger. There are parking garages and street parking available nearby. Note that due to COVID-19, the museum is temporarily closed. For information on reopening dates, visit the official website. On-site facilities include a cafe and gift shop.

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