Madison Children's Museum

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Madison Children's Museum
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Established 1980
Location 100 N. Hamilton St, Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Coordinates 43°04′37″N 89°23′04″W / 43.0769°N 89.3844°W / 43.0769; -89.3844
Type Children's Museum
Visitors over 150,000 visits annually[1]
Public transit access Any bus line which comes near the Capitol.

The Madison Children's Museum is a museum for children in Madison, Wisconsin, that contains exhibits on the arts, sciences, history, culture, health, and civic engagement.


Madison Children’s Museum was founded in 1980 by a group of early childhood specialists. The founding board of directors and volunteers built traveling exhibits that were displayed at neighborhood centers, parks and playgrounds. They also operated a pilot museum in the basement of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. The success of the pilot program prompted the museum to relocate to a warehouse at Bedford and West Washington.

After a successful capital campaign, Madison Children’s Museum opened its doors in another rented location on 100 State Street in 1991. The museum once again outgrew its space.[2] In 2005, MCM acquired a $5 million, five-story office building through the generosity of W. Jerome Frautschi.[3] The museum undertook a $10 million capital campaign to renovate the building, create an accessible green roof, and install new exhibits. The new facility opened on August 14, 2010, and greatly expanded the museum’s capacity.[4]

In 2014, Madison Children's Museum earned LEED Gold Certification for an existing building, LEED standing for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The museum was honored for its green practices, like its use of recycled building materials and composting practice.