Children's Museum

Currently Closed

A young girl covered in powdered clay is pounding clay pieces with a wooden mallet to make them smaller.


Our outdoor play space provides lots of interactive pieces by artists and designers that focus on natural elements:

Four children smile down from a tree-house.

  • Immerse your hands into vats of bubbling mud
  • Climb into The Lookout, an interactive “clubhouse” where you can raise a flag, peek down a periscope to see what’s happening below
  • Activate “solar music” powered by a solar panel
  • Dig in the Sand Box with shovels, rakes, buckets and dump trucks
  • Turn knobs and open spigots to pump water through a sculpture created out of stone pieces salvaged from old buildings
  • Swing on a musical swing set

The Art Here

Design Matters

Some of the sustainable features of the Backyard include:

  • A Gabion Wall encloses one side of the Backyard, made up of wire cages filled with repurposed construction debris from the Museum’s 2004 expansion
  • Hunks and artifacts of Pittsburgh’s architectural and stone history in the Allegheny Waterworks sculpture let visitors interact with interesting stone features and decorations at eye level
  • LED lights in The Lookout run on solar power

Visiting Tips

Use the downloadable file below for tips for before and after your visit to the Backyard.