The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is a children’s museum in Pittsburgh’s North Side neighborhood of Allegheny Center. The Museum was founded in 1983 in the old Allegheny Post Office, eventually growing to encompass the neighboring Buhl Planetarium as well in the early 2000s. In 2006, the Museum became the largest LEED Silver-certified museum in the country, in line with our dedication to sustainable practices in site development, water conservation, energy management, using recycled materials, waste management and reusing resources. To offer teaching moments about the new green museum, many of the building’s structural and mechanical systems are left exposed.
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh presents a wide variety of programs for children in fields ranging from dance and rocket building to quilting and robotics. Visiting artists offer workshops in a host of media, including pottery, Japanese paper cutting, animation and painting. Our extensive outreach program offers performances, workshops, after school programs, artist days and festival programs for schools and groups throughout the year. Educational field trips are offered for local schools, scouts and other groups. Over the years, we have collaborated with a number of regional institutions and programs, such as the University of Pittsburgh and the Create a Comic Project, and have received numerous awards and recognitions, including a 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Trust for Historic Preservation award and an award from American Institute of Architects.