Among the many educational exhibits at the Madison Children's Museum is an authentically restored, late-1830s log home typical of the size and type built by Madison’s earliest European settlers. The cabin was recovered from a Walworth County homestead with help from the Nature Conservancy and professionally restored on a corner of the museum’s parking lot. Image courtesy of Madison Children's Museum.

Fire damages Wisconsin children’s museum

Among the many educational exhibits at the Madison Children's Museum is an authentically restored, late-1830s log home typical of the size and type built by Madison’s earliest European settlers. The cabin was recovered from a Walworth County homestead with help from the Nature Conservancy and professionally restored on a corner of the museum’s parking lot. Image courtesy of Madison Children's Museum.

Among the many educational exhibits at the Madison Children’s Museum is an authentically restored, late-1830s log home typical of the size and type built by Madison’s earliest European settlers. The cabin was recovered from a Walworth County homestead with help from the Nature Conservancy and professionally restored on a corner of the museum’s parking lot. Image courtesy of Madison Children’s Museum.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A small fire has damaged the soon-to-be-open Madison Children’s Museum.

But officials say it won’t derail the museum’s grand opening on August 14 and 15.

The museum has moved to a new facility on Capitol Square from State Street.

Fire officials responded to the fourth-floor staff kitchen at about 4:45 a.m. Tuesday. A museum press release says the fire was caused by a faulty coffee pot and damaged the kitchen cabinets and ceiling.

Ruth Shelly, the museum’s executive director, says fire department estimates are between $40,000 to $50,000, but insurance adjusters are investigating to determine a more specific estimate.

They also have to clean up the water from the sprinkler system.

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