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. If you have a question that is not addressed on this page, please email us 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 accessible by ramp and elevator, with the exception of the Gravity Room in the Attic.
- A Museum map is available at the Admissions desk when you visit.
These additional services are offered, free of charge:
- Wheelchairs - available on a first-come, first-served basis. Motorized wheelchairs are always permitted.
- Versatile Velcro lap tables, adjustable to fit most wheelchairs
- Tactile Museum map - available at the Admissions Desk
- Braille menus - available in the Big Red Room Cafe
- Museum Stories - This review of the Children's Museum offers a description of each exhibit from a child’s perspective to help you choose the exhibits you want to visit. The guide utilizes visual messages to assist children with developmental disabilities, but is appropriate for any child.
- Autism Access and Resources - 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. Availability of these items is limited.
- Sound blocking headphones
- Sensory blanket
- Wrist assistance cuffs
- Sighted guides for descriptive tours; please call 412-322-5058 two weeks in advance to schedule a tour.
- Tours and programs conducted in American Sign Language- available upon request; please call 412-322-5058 two weeks in advance to schedule.
Events and Programs
- Sensory Friendly Afternoons, when exhibit and announcement sound is turned down, are offered on the second Tuesday of every month. Please check our Calendar of Events for more details.
- Autism early-access visitation times are sporadically offered; check our Calendar of Events for more details.
- Boo to You Too is our annual sensory-friendly Halloween event
- 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.
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.
Registered service dogs and miniature horses are welcome in the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab. Animals such as “comfort animals” or “therapy animals” are not service animals as defined by the ADA and are therefore not allowed into the Museum. The Museum occasionally offers programs that includes these types of animals - check the Calendar of Events for details.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh partners with organizations and agencies to create programming or opportunities for individuals with special needs. For more information, please contact us here.