Under Construction / Opening 2019
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is growing with the creation of Museum Lab™, a place where youth eight and older can work with makers to create everything from furniture to apps, experiment with cutting edge technology in the creation of art, climb three stories on a unique sculpture, collaborate on one-of-a-kind art installations and more!
Museum Lab will open in April 2019 in the former Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny, an historic building next door to the Children's Museum in Allegheny Commons.
The Museum will share Museum Lab space with partner organizations that serve youth, including:
- Manchester Academic Charter School (MACS) Middle School
- The Saturday Light Brigade
- Allies for Children
- Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center, IDeATe Network and Master of Arts Management program and their experiential learning initiatives
- University of Pittsburgh's School of Education
Since 2004, the Children's Museum has reached more than 6 million people in the United States and beyond through its hands-on exhibits and programs, traveling exhibits and research initiatives. This includes more than 306,000 people who visited the Museum in FY18.
With the creation of Museum Lab, the largest cultural campus for families in the U.S. will be located right here in Pittsburgh!
We hope to preserve the charm of the former Carnegie Free Library building by revitalizing much of its original 1890 structure. Many of the original building features that were covered by a remodeling in the 1970s are being uncovered every day.
To ensure a sustainable future, we are following LEED and WELL Building guidelines for this project, and will pursue Pittsburgh 2030 District goals for energy use reduction. We also aim to provide an inclusive and accessible experience through Universal Design guidelines.
Join the movement! For information on supporting the Museum Lab project, including naming opportunities, please contact Gina Evans, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Director of External Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Header photo by Ed Massery.