Madison Children's Museum
Madison Children's Museum
Madison Childrenís Museum (MCM) connects children with their families, their communities, and the world beyond through discovery learning and creative play.
Founded in 1980, the museum operates at capacity in its 8,000 sq. ft. rented facility, where it serves 90,000 visitors annually on-site, and 25,000 off-site through outreach programs.
In 2005, MCM acquired a $5 million, 5-story office building through the generosity of the Overture Foundation. The museum is in a $10 million capital campaign to renovate the building, create an accessible green roof, and install new exhibits. The new facility, opening in 2010, will greatly expand the museumís capacity to serve larger audiences, older children, and school groups in a strong interdisciplinary program that emphasizes the arts, sciences, culture, health, civic engagement, and early learning.
This exhibit offers kids a chance to think, plan, design and build a dream city of their own! Building Boom: A City in Balance explores the people, ideas and tools that make our city such a wonderful place to grow up.
This exhibit features a three-dimensional model of the isthmus that calls on children to fill in the landscape with a large selection of buildings and other streetscape props to create a city or design a dream neighborhood. Satellite and street map activities help your youngster develop a stronger sense of place.
In the exhibitís back gallery, larger-scale activities offer exploration and fun. Use the newly-redesigned crane to grab wire-frame buildings and create a beautiful Madison skyline. Grab your gear in the Construction Trailer and take control of those fascinating construction vehicles in the Gravel Pit. Try your hand at being an architect by designing a building or neighborhood at the drafting table.
When it comes to childrenís health issues, nutrition is inevitably a leading topic. Letís Grow! is the museumís unique contribution to fostering healthy eating habits among our youngest citizens. The exhibit features familiar Madison venues such as a farmersí market, a community garden and a juice bar as inviting imaginative venues for building positive associations with delicious foods that also just happen to be extra good for growing bodies.
Your children may never suspect the environment they are having so much fun in is a nutrition exhibit but whether they are planting, harvesting, selling or making smoothies out of their produce you can rest assured that this is play is healthy and productive.
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