Families Visit Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh In Record-Breaking Numbers
PITTSBURGH—July 13, 2015—Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh tallied the highest annual attendance in its 32-year history welcoming 276,189 visitors from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 (Fiscal Year 2015). This figure bests the Children’s Museum’s past total attendance record from FY 2013 - 267,025 visitors - by more than 9,000 visitors. Six of the last twelve months broke all-time attendance records.
This success is largely attributable to field trip audiences increasing 19% from FY 14 to FY 15 and the popularity of the Museum’s “Bounce” and “Very Eric Carle” exhibits
“It’s been a terrific year of growth and excitement here at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and part of the proof is in our attendance numbers,” stated Jane Werner, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum.
Joining forces with the renowned Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (Amherst MA) to build and create “Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit” for its word premiere in Pittsburgh was a milestone for the Children’s Museum. The tremendous enthusiasm of audiences to this wonderful exhibit is driving attendance, with Summer 2015 promising to be the best in the Museum’s history. Further the Museum’s MAKESHOP exhibit area continues to spark tinkering imaginations of all ages, with the Children’s Museum’s ever-growing Maker initiatives being embraced nationally. The launch of Maker Faire Pittsburgh, October 10-11, 2015 promises to shine the national spotlight on education innovation at the Museum, Pittsburgh and the entire Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia region!
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is open Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm. Admission Prices are $13 for children 2-18 and senior citizens, $14 for adults. Children under two are free. Parking prices are $4 for members, $6 for non-members. On-street, metered parking is also available. The Children’s Museum is located on Pittsburgh's historic North Side, at 10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
About Children’s Museum 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 276,000 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 2011 the Museum was named as one of the nation’s ten top children’s museums by Parents magazine.