Response to COVID-19
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab have taken the preventative measure of closing as of March 14, 2020, to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Updates will be posted below.
April 1, 2020
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab are preparing for a longer term closure of the museum due to COVID-19, during which time we will adjust our staff to support core operations.
The Museum will be moving to a model where we retain a core staff that are working full time. We anticipate keeping the majority of our full-time workers in place. Some part-time and full-time positions are being furloughed with the intention of bringing them back when we fully reopen.
The health and wellness of our community and guests continues to be our top priority, and we have taken steps to plan for an extended closure of our physical space. We are also expanding our online resources for children and families to experience joy, creativity and curiosity while they are together at home. Everyone can access these Museum at Home resources at www.pittsburghkids.org/museumathome.
Press Release: March 13, 2020
The Children's Museum and MuseumLab Take the Precautionary Step to Close Starting End of Business on March 13, 2020. Read the release here.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab have taken the preventative measure of closing the museums due to the COVID-19 virus at the end of the day today. There are no documented cases of staff or visitor exposure to the virus at the museum. We are taking this step with the utmost concern for the health and wellness of our guests and staff.
During this time, we will be taking the opportunity to deep clean all areas of the museum. There will be a limited number of staff in the building for ongoing continuity operations but the majority of the staff will work remotely. We will evaluate this decision on a day-by-day basis, and provide updates to our members, guests, staff and the community as the situation changes.
This decision was informed by the recommendation of PA Governor Tom Wolf to limit large group activity and close the schools in Pennsylvania, as well as discussions with public health experts, government organizations, peer institutions and our staff and leadership teams.
We have notified groups, including field trips, weddings and events and we will provide refunds for any activities that cannot be rescheduled.
Stay tuned for educational resources for children and families that can be done online or at home to help them learn and be creative during this time.
Thank you for helping us keep Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab safe for everyone.
March 12, 2020
On March 12, 2020, PA Governor Tom Wolf and PA Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine made the recommendation that large gatherings, events and conferences of 250 individuals or more be suspended. Therefore, the Children’s Museum is choosing to limit large group activity at the Museum, including field trips and other large groups, starting Friday, March 13. This will be in effect for the month of March.
While we have decided to take this preventative step for large groups of more than 250, our other operations are ongoing and we remain open for families and individual visitors. We are assessing how we will handle large group visitation in April. We are working directly with the canceled groups to reschedule, and if necessary provide refunds.
Please follow our updates on the website and via social media for the latest news. For group visitation questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412.322.5058 and ask for Matt Winning.
March 10, 2020
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab consider the health and safety of our children and adult visitors our top priority.
Our team has been monitoring the latest developments related to the coronavirus and COVID-19 and we are following the recommendations of health and safety officials at the local, state and federal level to best protect the health and wellness of our guests and staff.
We have updated our operational procedures to increase the frequency and intensity of cleaning across the Museum campus. This includes:
- Cleaning before the Museum opens, throughout the day and after we close
- Using hard surface disinfecting wipes on railings, door knobs, light switches, bathroom surfaces and Cafe chairs. Please note that treated surfaces will remain wet after treatment to allow for maximum effectiveness.
- Making more frequent rounds to check soap and paper towel levels
- Updating bathroom motion detectors to enable hands-free operation of bathroom lights
- Increasing the number of hand sanitizer stations throughout our facilities
Tips for you and your kids to stay healthy
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (see the video below for a kid-friendly lesson)
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Try to limit handshakes, hugs and unnecessary touching
- Practice good respiratory hygiene – this includes coughing and sneezing into a tissue or your bent elbow
- If you are feeling unwell, seek medical treatment