Children's Museum

10 am–5 pm Daily; Closed Sept. 2 - 5

A young boy smiling while on a field trip at the Museum.

Field Trips


Planning your next field trip is easy! Review the options below to find the one that matches your needs best. 

Some things to remember:

  • You must have a group of 15 or more children to qualify for a field trip rate.  
  • We require one adult chaperone per 5 children.
  • Chaperones receive free admission. See admission table below for extra adult prices. 
  • Workshop prices are in addition to guided or unguided rate.

Choose from one of the following:

Unguided Field Trips

Available Mondays Only, March 16 - August 31

Available Daily, September 1 - March 15

You and your students can discover, investigate and explore the Children's Museum for up to four hours. When you arrive our friendly Visitor Services Associates will welcome your group. You can also find them stationed in exhibit areas to answer questions and provide assistance throughout your visit. 

*If your group has a one-adult to one-child ratio, please call our Group Operations Supervisor at (412) 322-5058, x240, for additional options.

Guided Field Trips

Available Daily

Required Tuesday-Friday, March 16 - August 31

Enjoy a customized fun-filled trip throughout the Museum for up to four hours. When you arrive your guide will welcome your group and provide a schedule for your visit. Your guide will also provide support to your group throughout the exhibits. 

Subsidized field trips sponsored in part by Google Field Trip Days.

2019-2020 Field Trip Season Pricing


June - August

  • Unguided Children: $8 per student
  • Guided Children: $10 per student
  • Additional Adults: $10 each

September - October

  • Unguided Children: $6 per student
  • Guided Children: $8 per student
  • Additional Adults: $8 each

November

  • Unguided Children: $7 per student
  • Guided Children: $9 per student
  • Additional Adults: $9 each

December

  • Unguided Children: $6 per student
  • Guided Children: $8 per student
  • Additional Adults: $8 each

January - March

  • Unguided Children: $8 per student
  • Guided Children: $10 per student
  • Additional Adults: $10 each

April - May

  • Unguided Children: $9 per student
  • Guided Children: $11 per student
  • Additional Adults: $11


Children's Museum Workshops (Available September - May)

Experience some hands-on focused learning in a workshop led by a Museum Educator and two hours exploring the Children’s Museum. All of our workshops are designed to promote learning without even realizing it! Take your pick from our descriptions below. (Please note: Workshops are for groups of 25 or less. If your group has more than 25 students multiple workshops can be scheduled. Workshop prices are in addition to guided field trip rate.)

Electronics
Sponsored by: Google

$2.00 per participant 
Kindergarten - Adults 
Explore the basics of electronics and circuitry with motors and batteries.  Transform the purpose and possibilities of everyday items with circuitry. 

Drawing Machines
Sponsored by: PPG

$2.00 per participant 
4th Grade - Adults
Use recycled materials and a simple circuit to create a robot that doodles an art masterpiece for you!

Five Senses
Sponsored by: Eat'n Park

$2.00 per participant
Preschool - 1st Grade
Heighten your sense of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch with a variety of activities like mystery sound boxes, color mixing with aromatic paints, taste testing and more!

Printmaking

$2.00 per participant
Kindergarten - Adults
Experiment with an array of printmaking techniques or simply choose one to explore in depth.  Learn about positive and negative space through silkscreen printing or relief printing using unexpected materials and techniques.

Garden Exploration - varies by season 

$2.00 per participant
Preschool - Grade 2
Explore with a Museum facilitator to see what's happening in our ever-changing garden. Perhaps you'll sample a tasty treat, harvest some produce, or investigate the living organisms that make up the garden. Activities are dependent on season.

Mosaic Making

$2.00 per participant
1st Grade - Adult
Use an assortment of colored tiles, bits, and pieces, to make your own unique mosaic design. Learn the terminology, history, and process of making mosaics.

Weaving

$2.00 per participant
1st Grade - Adult
Take home your very own hand-held loom as well as your workshop weaving, and your new-found knowledge of weaving tips and techniques.

Portrait Drawing

$2.00 per participant
1st Grade - Adult
Come sharpen your pencils for portrait drawing! Whether you are a drawing beginner or advanced; learn new tips and tricks for drawing faces. Perhaps your inspiration will come from examples of some of the legendary artists, like Picasso, or Salvador Dali.

Puppets

$2.00 per participant
Preschool - Adults
Learn about the art of puppetry and explore the Museum's puppet collection.  Use the collection as inspiration while creating a unique puppet.


museumlab Workshops (Ages 10+ / Available September - May)

Explore the exciting exhibits at museumlab, our new museum for older kids adjacent to the Children's Museum, and participate in innovative workshops lead by a museumlab educator. (Please note: Workshops are for groups of 25 or less. If your group has more than 25 students multiple workshops can be scheduled. Workshop prices are in addition to guided field trip rate.)

Makey Makey
$2.00 per participant
5th grade - Adults
Computers are very good at doing the same thing over and over again, exactly the same way - but they need directions. Explore, play and create programming using apps like Scratch with MakeyMakey technology. Create your own interactive game or animation and add a custom made controller by connecting everyday objects using MakeyMakey.

e-Textiles
$2.00 per participant
5th grade - Adults
Combine sewing AND electronics! Work with e-textiles, also known as soft circuits, in a focused field trip. Explore using conductive thread to move electricity through fabric.

Stop Motion Animation
$2.00 per participant
5th grade - Adults
Experience storytelling by creating a short movie with stop-motion animation. Stop motion animation is a video made up of individual photographs, making small changes, one frame at a time.

Design Challenge
$2.00 per participant
5th grade - Adults
Work with teams on a design challenge. Craft Rube Goldberg chain reactions, create the speediest zipline, or try different techniques to build a bridge. 

Catering Options For Groups From the Big Red Room Cafe


Boxed Lunches

$4.50 each plus 7% tax

The following options are available: 

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
  • Cheese Sandwich
  • Hot Dog
  • Turkey & Cheese Sandwich

Boxed Lunches include one sandwich, applesauce and a ½ pint milk. Minimum total of 15 with a minimum per choice of 5. Whole fruit can be substituted for applesauce upon request. 

Delicious Adult Boxed Lunches are also available.

To order Boxed Lunches, submit a Group Reservation Request Form or call our Reservationist at (412) 322-5058, ext. 240. Boxed Lunch orders must be placed at least one week in advance of your visit. 


Earn money for your school by supporting the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh!

Enjoy all the benefits of membership for one price, including unlimited visits to the Museum for your family. In addition to providing a year filled with innovative exhibits and amenities, purchasing your membership today could also contribute to your school!  (Other offers or promotions do not apply.)

To register your school or to find out if your school particpates, please call our Membership Office at 412-322-5058, ext. 274.