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Madison Children's Museum

100 N Hamilton St, Madison, WI 53703-2116
+1 608-256-6445
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Fun to explore

The top of the building boasts a great view of the water and buildings below. There are live... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Great for young kids

Perfect place for kids ages 10 and under to get lots of hands on exposure to science and art. Very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kelly F
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The Madison Children's Museum is an award-winning destination for fun family activities and hands-on learning! Visit our inventive city of Possible-opolis for ages 6 and up, and our four-season Rooftop Ramble, with animals and gardens. Kids under 5 have a place of their own in the Wildernest, a global village made with natural, local materials.There's always something new to do at Madison Children's Museum, where our mission is to connect children with their family, their community, and the world beyond through discovery learning and creative play.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“older kids” (16 reviews)
“hamster wheel” (10 reviews)
“all ages” (25 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
100 N Hamilton St, Madison, WI 53703-2116
+1 608-256-6445
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The top of the building boasts a great view of the water and buildings below. There are live animals and plants for the kids to explore on the roof. Inside there are several levels for kids to explore science and art related activities.

Thank carma292002
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect place for kids ages 10 and under to get lots of hands on exposure to science and art. Very reasonable prices compared to other museums we have been to.

Thank Kelly F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is probably the most hands-on museum I have seen, so the kids will find plenty to entertain and teach them. There is both whimsy and artistry in all aspects of the design which will delight the adults as well. They had to kick us...More

Thank amygilbert777
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Some local friends recommended the museum for our almost-two-year-old. We had a great time. She probably would enjoy it more if she was a couple of years older, but there were fun things for her to do. The price was also very reasonable (about $21...More

Thank BertDC
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We were on our way to the zoo but stopped here due to rain. A nice little find. Very busy for a Thursday afternoon. Our 2 year old really enjoyed it. They have animals on the roof but not many so I wouldn't stop their...More

Thank enodnor83
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

I'm a bit of a fanatic about children's museums. We visit them all over North America. The amount of love and scientific understanding and pure joy that this museum takes in nurturing children is obvious and contagious. The staff is lovely, of course. No inch...More

Thank Betsy S
Reviewed 9 August 2017

we love going to the Madison Children's museum there are tons of things for kids of all ages to do. The price is good and becoming a member you get lots of extras and uses out of it. recommend for anyone with kids

Thank Amanda G
Reviewed 4 August 2017

My grandson loves this museum so much that I gave him a season's pass...it is amazing and well worth your time!!!

Thank seasideljs
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Very cute museum! Lots to see and do, however geared more towards younger kids. I would say this is a great museum for kids under the age of 10. Our 6 year old loved it however our 11 year was a little bored at times....More

Thank Misty H
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

My kids ages 3 and 5, had a blast in the water play. We came in the afternoon on a weekday so it wasn't that crowded and was pretty relaxing just to let them explore.

Thank Stephanie J
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