Fred Rogers & Us
Fred Rogers is a beloved icon for Pittsburgh and has been a bedrock for the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh since its inception – as an advisor, a mentor and a friend. We believe it’s important to continue to memorialize Fred’s wonderful and meaningful work, as well as help today’s children and families better relate to his many invaluable messages.
In 1998, the Children’s Museum, along with Fred Rogers and his company Family Communications, created the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood exhibit. The exhibit welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors for almost 10 years, both children who loved the imaginative set pieces and adults who recalled their love of the television show as children. A sister exhibit traveled to other museums across the country for more than eight years, making friends and good neighbors for Pittsburgh wherever it went. At the end of its tour, in the spirit of Mister Rogers, the traveling exhibit was given to the Louisiana Children’s Museum, whose facility had been devastated by hurricane Katrina in 2005.
In October 2011, we refurbished many of the exhibit components from the Neighborhood and integrated them throughout all three floors of the Children’s Museum. They can now be found in areas that complement the type of play they inspire, and that feature related exhibit components. We are also working with The Fred Rogers Company to link these iconic pieces with the important messages of Fred Rogers.
Located in the Garage
Climb aboard and turn the wheel, pull the levers or take a seat in a full-size replica of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Trolley.
Creativity and imagination are the beginning of problem-solving for a young child. - Fred Rogers
King Friday's Castle
Located in the Theater
Play dress up or put on a puppet show with the Neighborhood of Make-Believe puppets. Peek behind the 26 doors in the “Alphabet Wall” to discover a surprise for each letter.
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. At various times, play is a way to cope with life and to prepare for adulthood. Playing is a way to solve problems and to express feelings. In fact, play is the real work of childhood. - Fred Rogers
Located outside of the Nursery
X the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat are as different as neighbors can be. X is boisterous, flies about and loves to learn, while Henrietta is quiet and loves to dress up. In spite of their differences, they’re good friends. What an important message for children – friends can like each other and yet disagree about some things.
We’re all so much alike…and yet we’re all so different! I find myself rejoicing at the endless variety of human beings, and that’s partly, I know, because your differences from one another tell me that it’s all right for me to be different in many ways too. - Fred Rogers
Mister Rogers’ Sweater and Sneakers
Located in MAKESHOP
Did you know that Fred Rogers' mother knitted him the iconic sweater that he changed into each episode? In this spirit of making, one of the original sweaters is on display outside of MAKESHOP, a place where you can learn to sew, build, craft and more.
Fred’s iconic blue canvas sneakers can be found in the Attic.
We all need to feel that we have gifts to give that are acceptable and valued. - Fred Rogers