Children's Museum

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Fact Sheet


Children's Museum of Pittsburgh provides innovative museum experiences that inspire joy, creativity and curiosity. 


We provide the highest quality exhibits and programs for learning and play. We are a partner and a resource for people who work with or on behalf of children.

Key Values

Commitment to Good Design Principles: The Children’s Museum is committed to quality design and firmly believes that attention to aesthetics and practicality creates functional, welcoming community spaces. This philosophy guided the 2004 Museum expansion, its development of exhibits and is the basis for the vision of the Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square.

Play with Real Stuff:The Museum’s “play with real stuff” design philosophy promotes an organizational commitment to the use of authentic materials and processes in its exhibits and overall design.

Commitment to Diversity: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is committed to providing an environment of inclusion and respect for visitors, staff and board that is free of discrimination. 

Audiences Served*

306,000 visitors annually
6,193 member families
5,946 senior citizens admissions
34,420 children visited on field trips
  12,720 of those children were from Title One Schools

*Fiscal Year 2017

Communities Served

North Side Neighborhood
City Pittsburgh
Surrounding counties (Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, Washington, Westmoreland) 


The Museum shares its 80,000 square foot space with the following organizations who work with or on behalf of children:

In the Children's Museum:

In MuseumLab:

Economic Impact 

72 full-time jobs
108 part-time jobs
$8.4M operating budget (fiscal year 2018)

National Awards

  • Gold LEED Recognition for MuseumLab, 2020
  • PA Museums Special Achievement Award, 2020
  • Architizer A+ Award for Cultural/Museum Design, 2020
  • Pennsylvania Historic Trust for Preservation Construction Award, Rehabilitation, for MuseumLab, 2020
  • USA Today's Best Museums for Families list, 2017 & 2020
  • Parents magazine’s 15 Best Children’s Museums list, 2015
  • Kiwi magazine’s 6 Green Children’s Museums to Visit, 2015
  • Parents magazine’s 10 Best Children’s Museums list, 2011
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal, 2009
  • Four-star rating from Charity Navigator - the highest rating - in FY 2008, 2005, 2004
  • Western PA Environmental Award, 2008
  • Rudy Brunner Award for Urban Design Excellence, Gold Medalist, 2007 
  • National Historic Trust for Preservation Honor Award for Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 2006 
  • Silver LEED Recognition for Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 2006 
  • American Institute of Architects National Honor Award, 2006
  • Association of Science and Technology Center's Leading Edge Award for Business Practices, 2005 
  • American Association of Museum’s Gold Muse Award for Websites (, 2005 
  • Association of Children's Museum's Promising Practice Award for design partnership with UPCLOSE, 2004