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Children’s museum celebrates 3rd year at Hamilton Street location

Published On: Aug 11 2013 09:59:16 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 11 2013 08:05:56 PM CDT


The Madison Children’s Museum will be celebrating its third birthday in its Hamilton Street location, according to a release.

Community members and families are invited to stop by the museum Wednesday to help mark another year for the museum at its 100 N. Hamilton St. location, according to the release. There will be activities throughout the day, including a Lego-building jamboree, birthday-themed art activities and cake.

The museum will also be opening its newest addition to the second floor Wayback Machine exhibit, the Oscillaser!, according to the release. The Oscillaser! uses lasers, sound and custom software to show off the wave patterns produced by various sound frequencies as well as volumes. Visitors can use their voices and hidden microphones to produce their own wave forms or attempt to match the patterns produced by pre-recorded music and sound effects.

The Oscillaser! is made possible through the support of the Endres Foundation and was designed and built in collaboration with local tech wizard Bob Baddeley from Madison’s hackerspace Sector 67.

In 2005, MCM acquired the $5 million, five-story Hamilton Street office building through the generosity of W. Jerome Frautschi, according to the release. 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 Aug. 14, 2010.

The MCM was founded in 1980 and is an award-winning organization whose hands-on exhibits and programs celebrate and encourage children’s imaginations and the power of play as the cornerstone of learning, according to the release. MCM received the 2011 National Medal for Museum Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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