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Madison Children's Museum

100 N. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI 53703
+1 608-256-6445
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Ranked #18 of 54 Attractions in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
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Owner description: 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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English first
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

It is difficult to not to mince words here because it is a lovely place. My concern is for persons with mobility issues. Trying to navigate the roof top terrace with the uneven surfaces is difficult at best with a wheelchair. Not to mention the other areas within that are off limits to disabled children. Seriously, equal access is questionable,... More

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Madison, WI
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The first place to visit, if you have a few hrs. as every corner is meant just for the kids in your family and in your heart!

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Hurley, Wisconsin
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272 reviews 272 reviews
83 attraction reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We visit Madison a few times per year and every time we come, my kids ask me to take them to the Madison Children's Museum. There is something for all ages and both boys and girls. I have been taking my kids here since they were two and they just love it. We will be back again!!!

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St. Louis, MO
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151 reviews 151 reviews
25 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

It's a charming little place to take toddlers. I would not bring kids older than 5. We chose to get a membership as it will give my little guy a place to run during the Madison winter weather. However, I would not take out-of-town visitors here as there's not much to do. It is charming and clean, and fun for... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My kids, ages 3 and 5, loved this place and I had a good time myself. There are tons of activities to choose from in a safe, educational environment. After you're finished, you can walk to numerous shops and restaurants around the Capitol Square or on State Street. A great way to spend anywhere from a couple of hours to... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

My family has fun! My children are teens and was disappointed there wasn't anything geared for their ages.They took those lemons and made lemonade and decided to bring out the little kid in them and we all had fun, ha! The adults gave us weird stares but we expected that from here. Too many uptight adults.Btw, unruly and unsupervised children... More

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Madison, WI
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68 reviews 68 reviews
21 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We are members of the museum, and go there often. It is good for a visit, but doesn't compare in breadth or depth to many other ones we've been to. The Urb garden on the roof is a jewel - the plants are beautiful, they have live chickens, and often have baby animals like chicks or mice in the clubhouse.... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Based on a family recommendation we took our kids and g-kids to the Madison Children's Museum. Immediately the 8 and 10 yr old granddaughters were fascinated with the water feature/game near the entrance. The 8 yr old had success with the water and balls. The roof offers and incredible sculpture, chickens, rats, pigeons, and a fabulous view of the Capitol... More

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Hartland, Wisconsin
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

As part of a weekend family trip to Madison we visited the Madison Children's Museum after a morning of enjoying the Madison Farmer's Market around the capital square. The kids enjoyed 3 floors of hands on fun. Kids and adults will enjoy this experience which has adults and kids being active with mechanical and stimulating activities. The facility is clean... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a gem in Madison! There are a wide array of activities for all ages, and interests. Lots of great hands on experiences and room for kids to explore! The rooftop garden is lovely and has spectacular views of Madison overlooking the lake. The only down fall, is it can get busy and crowded on weekends. There is the... More

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