Open through May 5, 2024

Inspired by the chain-reaction contraptions of Pulitzer Prize winning humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg, build, activate and modify machines that use everyday objects to do simple tasks in the most overcomplicated, inefficient and hilarious ways possible!

Hands-on Components

  • 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 more fun activities!

Rube Goldberg™️: The World of Hilarious Invention! was created by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in partnership with the Heirs of Rube Goldberg.

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