Children's Museum

10 am–5 pm Daily

A girl stands holding her hair away from her eyes so she can see a ball being passed up a Rube Goldberg machine in the Rube Goldberg: A World of Hilarious Invention Exhibit.

Sensory Friendly Early Open

Sensory Friendly Program

March 24, 2019

We’re opening early for our friends with sensory sensitivities.

TapeScape 3.0

Back by Popular Demand!

The Children's Museum introduces Tapescape 3.0, an indoor climbing, sliding, rolling landscape made of more than 50 miles of packing tape stretched over a two-story steel frame, designed by creator Eric Lennartson. Explore and crawl through the twisting tunnels and curving walls of this art installation and play area that offers such an unexpected and delightful use of a common material. This time we built Tapescape in the Garage, where we created several levels of climbing terrain. Tapescape includes TotScape, a smaller, free-standing section for smaller children.

Rube Goldberg: A World of Hilarious Invention

This new exhibit showcases Pulitzer Prize winning humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg™’s iconic contraptions and celebrates his imaginative techniques, humorous storytelling and inventive skills. Like Rube Goldberg, visitors can activate and create crazy chain-reaction contraptions that use everyday objects to complete simple tasks in the most overcomplicated, inefficient and hilarious ways possible!

  • Sharpen a real pencil using a 3D version of Rube Goldberg’s “A Simple Way to Sharpen a Pencil”®
  • See a Rube-inspired way to paint a picture in the 3D version of Ed Steckley’ s “An Epic Way to Paint a Picture”®
  • Move balls and ramps to trigger chain reaction machines in Wall Machines, then figure out how they work by resetting each part
  • Be inspired by Rube Goldberg’s drawing techniques to create your own hilarious cartoon in the Art Studio
  • Pull ropes to start a series of musical chain reactions in the large-scale sound animation Music Machine
  • Step into one of Rube's iconic wearables, “Self-Operating Napkin Machine.”®, for a one-of-a-kind photo opp
  • And much more!

This exhibit was created by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in partnership with the Heirs of Rube Goldberg.

Made possible by underwriting support from the Fisher Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

Program participants will have early access to the exhibits from 9:00 am - 10:00 am before the Museum opens to the public at 10:00 am. The fun then continues  in the Theater as a private play space from 10:00 am - 11:00 am.

Program fee includes Museum admission for the whole day. 

Pre-registration required. Register Here!