For an introduction to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and what to expect during your visit, please view this video which includes open captions, ASL interpretation and an audio description: https://vimeo.com/131661741.
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is committed to providing exhibits, programs and public spaces that are inclusive and interactive for all visitors. Our museum staff have been trained on how to help visitors with various needs. If you are planning a visit to the Museum, please do not hesitate to ask for any of the services listed below. A staff member will be happy to assist you. For more information about our accessibility program, please contact Viv Shaffer, Accessibility and Inclusion Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Accessible parking is available in our parking lot.
- The main Museum entrances are wheelchair accessible with power assist doors.
- The Museum is fully accessible by ramp and elevator, with the exception of the Gravity Room in the Attic.
- Service animals are always welcome.
- A Museum map is available at the Admissions desk when you visit.
- For those with medical implants that are sensitive to magnets, Magnets in the Museum explains the locations of all magnets in all exhibits.
All services listed below are offered free of charge:
- Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Motorized wheelchairs are always permitted.
- Versatile Velcro lap tables, adjustable to fit most wheelchairs
- A tactile Museum map is available at the Admissions Desk
- Braille menus are available in the Big Red Room Cafe
- Sighted guides are avaliable for descriptive tours. Please call 412-322-5058 two weeks in advance to schedule a tour.
- Tours conducted in American Sign Language are available upon request. Please call 412-322-5058 two weeks in advance to schedule a tour.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh will grant free admission to any therapeutic staff support, counselor, doctor, therapist or nurse that accompanies a visitor as part of their professional responsibilities. Documentation must be provided at the Admissions Desk at the time of the visit that verifies that the individual is certified to perform the work and is in the active engagement of the work during the visit. Employee badge or valid photo identification is required.
Autism Access and Resources
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh provides families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) with innovative tools to make a museum visit more comfortable and enjoyable.
To request an item in advance of your visit, please contact the Admissions Desk at 412-322-5058, or ask any Museum Educator during your visit. All services listed below are offered free of charge. Availability of these items is limited.
- Sound blocking headphones
- Sensory blanket and vests
- Wrist assistance cuffs
Our goal is to create a comprehensive welcoming structure for families of children with ASD through the following initiatives:
- Special Autism Access events or visitation times, such as Sensory Friendly Afternoons, for families of children with ASD. Please check our Calendar of Events for details on specific events. Sign up for Museum E-news to learn about all upcoming programming and events. You can find the signup form on the bottom of our website homepage.
- Museum Stories describe each of the museum’s exhibits from a child’s perspective. They will help you and your child choose the exhibits you want to visit. The guide, specially designed for children with developmental disabilities, utilizes visual messages, and is appropriate for any child who would like to know about exhibits or activities in the Children's Museum.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh partners with organizations and agencies to create programming or opportunities for individuals with special needs. For more information, contact Viv Shaffer at email@example.com.