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Madison Children’s Museum

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Madison Children's Museum was founded in 1980 as the vision of 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. The new location was a success, and the museum was often filled to capacity.

After a successful capital campaign, Madison Children's Museum opened its doors in another rented location on 100 State Street in 1991. The museum flourished at this site and once again outgrew its space. In 2005, MCM acquired a $5 million, five-story office building through the generosity of W. Jerome Frautschi. 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 expands the museum's capacity to serve larger audiences, older children, and school groups in a strong interdisciplinary program that emphasizes the arts, sciences, history, culture, health, and civic engagement.

Madison Children's Museum (MCM) connects children with their families, their communities, and the world beyond through discovery learning and creative play.

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HOURS:Labor Day to Memorial Day: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; closed Mondays
HOURS:Memorial Day to Labor Day: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. dailyDays when the museum is closed: New Year’s Day – January 1 Winter Maintenance Week – January 7-11, 2013 Easter – Sunday, March 31, 2013 Memorial Day – Monday, May 27, 2013 Independence Day – Wednesday, July 4 Wonder Ball fundraising gala – Saturday, August 24, 2013 Labor Day – Monday, September 2, 2013 Fall Maintenance Week – Tuesday, September 3-Friday, September 6, 2013 Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 22, 2012 Christmas Eve – December 24 Christmas Day – December 25


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