The 80,000 square foot Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is based on the concept of letting kids "play with real stuff." Exhibits designed for babies, toddlers, older children, and even their parents encourage hands-on play and learning. Located on Pittsburgh's North Side, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is housed in three connected buildings - the historic Allegheny Post Office (c. 1897), the Buhl Planetarium building (c. 1939) and the new Lantern Building (c. 2004) which joins the two.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
The exhibits at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh are designed to fire a kid's imagination, challenge their abilities and teach them to understand the world they live in. The hands-on exhibits, both indoors and out, are designed to appeal to children of all ages, with special areas in each exhibit designed for babies and toddlers. You don't have to decide between taking the baby to one room and older sister somewhere else! Families can play together in every Children's Museum exhibit.
At the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh you can make a boat and send it into the rapids and whirlpools in Waterplay, try to keep your balance in the Gravity Room, visit Mister Roger's Neighborhood, get behind the wheel of a MINI Cooper car, learn how to build with wood and circuits in the Workshop, and create silkscreen prints, paint, or sculpt with clay in the multimedia Studio. A "Backyard" exhibit adds outside fun (what kid can resist playing with water, rocks and mud?) during warmer months.
EDUCATION & CLASSES:
"Real stuff" classes and demonstrations at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh include woodworking, simple machines and clay sculpture. Musical Movement and Tot Time classes are offered for children as young as 18 months.
Birthday parties at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh are always a favorite. A wide variety of themes accommodate children from ages 1 through about 10. After an hour spent enjoying activities based on the theme of your choice, you get a second hour for lunch, cake and presents in the party room. All birthday party guests are welcome to stay and enjoy the Museum after the party is over.
SHOPPING AT THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM:
There's a nice store at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh with a wide selection of educational products and toys for children of all ages. Many of these are toys that are either found in the exhibits or complement them. The Mister Rogers' Neighborhood puppets are a favorite item, along with arts and crafts materials.
DINING AT THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM:
The Museum Café, located in the Grand Hall of the former Buhl Planetarium building, offers a wide variety of food items including sandwiches, burgers, salads, pizza, hot dogs, fruit, yogurt, cookies, coffee and drinks. There's a patio for outdoor seating in good weather. The Café closes one hour earlier than the Children's Museum.
HOURS & ADMISSION:
Hours: The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Closed on major holidays.
Admission: Adults $13.00, Children (2-18) and Seniors (over 65) 12.00. Members and children under 2 are admitted free.
The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is located in Allegheny Square in the North Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Driving Directions to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
PAT bus route 54C stops right in front of the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. Other routes drop off nearby, including 16A, 16B, 16F and 500. For more information, contact the Port Authority of Allegheny County.
Two museum parking lots are located just past the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, with reduced rates for museum members. Metered parking is also available nearby. Discount exit tickets for the nearby Allegheny Center Garage, Gate 4, can be purchased at the Museum's admission desk. The garage is closed on weekends, and will not honor Children's Museum tickets during Pirates and Steelers games.
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
10 Children's Way
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212