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Children's Museum of Pittsburgh & Rube Goldberg Inc. Announce Traveling Exhibition Inspired by Rube Goldberg

Contact: Bill Schlageter, Director of Marketing
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PITTSBURGH (October 23, 2017) –  Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (CMP) and the Heirs of Rube Goldberg (HRG) are proud to announce a partnership to co-organize a new traveling exhibition, Rube Goldberg, The World of Hilarious Invention. The exhibition will showcase Pulitzer Prize winning humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg’s iconic chain-reaction contraptions, imaginative illustrations and humorous storytelling, celebrating his skills as both an artist and inventor. 

Pairing CMP’s Play with Real Stuff design philosophy with HRG’s expertise in transforming everyday objects into fantastic contraptions, this project will be the most interactive exhibition developed about Rube Goldberg to date. Original art and ephemera, authentic recreations of his contraptions, and newly created interactive components will be the entry points for deeper exploration of the humorous and inventive thinking that embody Rube Goldberg’s work

The work of Rube Goldberg made us laugh at how we problem solve. In this exhibit, visitors become storytellers and inventors as they learn about the way things work in the physical world and more about the man behind the machines.

The exhibition will begin its tour to museums and libraries across the country in summer 2019.

“We’re so excited to work with the Heirs of Rube Goldberg to create this exhibit,” said Jane Werner, Executive Director of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. “Their philosophy of teaching through play to prepare kids for the future dovetails wonderfully with the Children’s Museum’s mission of providing visitor experiences that inspire joy, creativity and curiosity.”

“It’s a match made in gizmo-heaven, working with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh!“ said Legacy Director, and Rube Goldberg's granddaughter, Jennifer George. “Bringing my grandfather’s work to life in 3D and being able to walk into his world and the inner-workings of his comical mind is something I’ve dreamed about for a long time. I’m counting down the days until we open!” 

Rube Goldberg, The World of Hilarious Invention, will premiere at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in October 2018 and be available for rent after its run in Pittsburgh is completed.  For information on renting this and other Children’s Museum’s traveling exhibits, please contact the Museum’s Exhibits department at (412) 322-5058, ext. 229, or

About Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is a place that delights and inspires children, where they can take off on fantastic flights of imagination daily, and return to earth to splash in a river, hammer a nail and ink a silkscreen. With 80,000 square feet of space, the Museum welcomes more than 306,500 visitors annually and provides tons of fun and loads of “real stuff” experiences for play and learning. Permanent hands-on, interactive exhibit areas at the Museum include The Studio, Theater, Waterplay, Attic, Nursery, Backyard and MAKESHOP®. The Museum’s award-winning, three-story, center building is screened by a shimmering wind sculpture and connects two historic structures (Allegheny Post Office Building & the Buhl Building). In 2006, the Museum became a certified green building and was honored by the American Institute for Architects and the National Historic Preservation Trust. In 2017, the Museum was voted one of the nation’s Ten Best Museums for Families in USA Today's 10 Best Reader’s Choice Contest, and in 2015, named one of the nation’s Top 15 Children’s Museums by Parents magazine.  For further information, visit the Children's Museum’s website at

About Rube Goldberg, Inc.
Rube Goldberg, Inc. is dedicated to keeping laughter and invention alive through the legacy of its namesake. Annual competitions, image licensing, merchandising, and museum and entertainment opportunities continue to grow and enhance the brand. At the helm is Rube’s granddaughter, Jennifer George, whose best-selling book on her grandfather, The Art of Rube Goldberg, is now in its fourth printing. RGI is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to promoting STEM & STEAM education for students of all ages.

About Rube Goldberg
Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist best known for his zany invention cartoons. He was born in San Francisco on the 4th of July, 1883 – and graduated from U. Cal Berkeley with a degree in engineering. His first job at the San Francisco Chronicle led to early success, but it wasn’t until he moved to NYC and began working for Hearst publications that he became a household name. Rube Goldberg is the only person ever to be listed in the Merriam Webster Dictionary as an adjective. It’s estimated that he did a staggering 50,000 cartoons in his lifetime.