The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is an interactive museum for kids in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Established in 1983, the museum is home to several rotating and ongoing exhibits. The Nursery, MAKESHOP, Studio, Theater, Attic, Waterplay, Backyard, Garden and Garage areas, encourage children to play with interactive exhibits.
The museum holds various programs for kids in different fields. From quilting to dance, robotics and rocket building, kids can pick the program that suits their interests. The museum also has worked with several programs and regional institutions, such as the University of Pittsburgh. It holds iconic items from Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, such as Fred Rogers’ sneakers and one of his sweaters.
Artists who visit the museum provide workshops in painting, pottery, animation and other types of media. The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has an extensive outreach program that offer art days, festival programs, musical performances and after-school programs for groups (and schools) throughout the year. There are educational field trips that scouts and local schools can participate in. The museum’s seasonal Backyard features Allegheny Waterworks, an interactive environment that includes well-maintained local architectural relics.
In 2006, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh was declared a certified green building. Plans to extend the museum (from the old post office, into the nearby Art Deco Buhl Planetarium), started in the early 2000s. The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh became the largest museum in the country that is Silver LEED certified; this proves that the expansion of the museum has been designed and made using sustainable practices, with special attention to energy management, waste management, indoor air quality, new program development, water conservation, site development – as well as, reusing resources. In 2011, Parents magazine included the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in their list of the 10 top children’s museums in the country.