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Madison Children's Museum

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Address: 100 N. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI 53703
Phone Number: +1 608-256-6445
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Leisure education
Description: The new Madison Children’s Museum is an award-winning destination for fun...
The new 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.
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Children's Museum That's Easy to Navigate

We've visited a number of children's museums and enjoyed this one in Madison. Although it's downtown and literally right across the street from the capital building it's easy to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We've visited a number of children's museums and enjoyed this one in Madison. Although it's downtown and literally right across the street from the capital building it's easy to get to. One and two hour street parking is available and there is a municipal lot across the street if you'd like to stay at the museum longer. If you use... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

My parents live nearby, so when we come out to visit we always bring my boys (3&5) here to run off some steam. They always have such a great time and don't want to leave. For weeks after we come home I hear about how they can't wait to go back to play again next time we see Grandma and... More 

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Chicago, IL
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

My wife an I recently went with my 3 & 6 year olds. There was plenty for both of them to do and it kept us busy for a few hours. The exhibits were interactive and they had a great time. I found the facility to be very clean and lively. The staff were friendly and helpful. My only concern... More 

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Edgerton, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This is such a fun place for kids. I have gone with my grandchildren and they always get lost in the fun. There is always something to learn throughout the building, no matter what age.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Lots of activities for children. Well maintained. We always find new exhibits on the rooftop. The sailor's lookout is a favorite, as is the little creek that runs next to it.

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Reedsburg, Wisconsin
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219 reviews 219 reviews
86 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

All the positives first. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Our son decided to fall down the slide head first and they were right there to make sure he was ok. Our son did have a good time moving around the place and discovering the different areas. He enjoyed the play area and the hamster wheel the best. Overall... More 

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Stockton, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

I was disappointed in the lack of things to do for my 6 and 8 year old boys. They boast about three stories of activities but it's as a narrow building. Not very interactive. Mostly visual things. The Children's Museum in Rockford, IL is 100 times better. Go the extra hour and go to Rockford. The good thing about this... More 

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Lena, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Went with another family to visit for the day. Very disappointed with the lack of things for me 1.5yr old to do. Was expecting more. Very very crowded and had a hard time getting to play with the amount of children there. Expected to make it a full day trip, only spent an hour there and wanted to leave. Will... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This was a spur of the moment visit with cousins and our girls (4 and 7) just loved the experience. Lots of great interactive displays.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We love this museum! There are loads of things to do for 1.5-2year old. Love that the parking is just across the street! Very friendly staff and amazing place for a kid to communicate with other children. Our favorite is "water" room and Madison that you can build from blocks:)

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