Children's Museum

10 am–5 pm Daily

A young girl smiling through a wax molding machine.

How People Make Things

An Exhibit Inspired by Mister Rogers' Factory Tours

Every object in our world has a story of how it is made. How People Make Things tells that story by showing you the ways in which familiar childhood objects are manufactured, and the people, ideas and technology used to transform raw materials into finished products. 

The exhibit brings the manufacturing experience to life, taking visitors onto the factory floor through hands-on activities in cutting, molding, deforming and assembly where you create objects to take home.

  • Cut Wax using different sculpting tools and experience 3-dimensional cutting by hand.
  • Deform a wire by taking a straight wire into a spring shape by winding it around the metal shaft.
  • Pull the lever to fill one of six molds with fluid. 

Cost: $30,000 per 15-week rental plus inbound shipping
Size: 1,500 - 2,000 sq. ft.
Content: STEAM

Tour Schedule:
Now taking bookings 

Contact: Rachel Mastromarino
(412) 322-5058 ext 229 

How People Make Things was created by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in collaboration with Family Communications, Inc., creators of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. ESJ 0407355. Additional support provided by the Grable Foundation.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.