Madison Children's Museum Receives $5 Million Gift

The Madison Children's Museum in Madison, Wisconsin, has received a $5 million gift from businessman and philanthropist Jerry Frautschi, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

The gift from Frautschi will make it possible for the museum to move to a new building that will triple its exhibition space. The museum will remain at its current location through 2006 while the 51,000-square-foot building, built in 1929 as a Montgomery Ward department store, is renovated. In addition, throughout 2005 museum staff will visit children's museums around the country in order to research new exhibition and programming ideas, as well as best operating practices.

"We are thrilled that Mr. Frautschi's generous gift enabled Madison Children's Museum to finally own its own home, one large enough to accommodate its ever-growing audience," said executive director Ruth Shelly. "We're delighted to remain downtown as the gateway for families to enjoy Madison's rich cultural offerings."

Brenda Ingersoll. "New home for Children's Museum." Wisconsin State Journal 04/14/2005.