Published on August 27th, 2010 | by Dawn Killough
Children’s Museum Is Hands-On Green
Named one of the top 10 children’s museums in the nation in Child Magazine’s most recent rankings, and recipient of the MetLife Foundation & Association of Children’s Museums 2010 Promising Practice Award, Madison Children’s Museum stands tall among peers as a place for children and adults to learn about sustainability through play. It is striving to be the first LEED-certified museum in Wisconsin.
Not only is the building green, but its exhibits are too. Here are a few highlights:
- The Wildernest, an early learning area built out of materials sourced from within 100 miles of Madison
- An artistically laid gym floor reclaimed from a Milwaukee-area high school
- LED lighting, low- or no-VOC paint, and all-natural, non-toxic and locally harvested flooring and surfaces used throughout the museum
- A four-season rooftop garden, which includes a small stream, a chicken and homing pigeon coop, solar panels, native plants and animals, and exhibits that focus on renewable energy sources
- Possible-opolis, an exhibit area created with the goal of 100 percent recycled or repurposed materials
- A locally owned café that serves organic, healthy, whimsically presented food for both kids and adults
- An original 1830s log cabin reassembled on the museum’s lot, which will be used as an outdoor classroom
The Museum, which was set to open in mid-August, is designed to support a healthier future for kids and the environment. It is built in an old Montgomery Ward building, using local designers, contractors, and artisans. The Children’s Museum provides a great way for kids, and adults, to learn about sustainability with hands-on activities. Knowing that the building is sustainable too, just makes it that much sweeter.
Photo courtesy of Madison Children’s Museum.