Program areas at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
The Museum provides educational and cultural exhibits that exemplify design excellence, innovation and reflect the mission to inspire joy, creativity and curiosity. Exhibits are both hands-on and artifact driven focused primarily in the fields of art and science.interactive Museum experiences are at the core of the Museum's mission. Each of the Museum's permanent exhibits are grounded in its longstanding play with real stuff philosophy, which asserts that children need a solid foundation of developmentally appropriate learning activities that are concrete, real and relevant to their lives. The Museum is a place for learners of all ages to experience never before seen, one-of-a-kind Museum experiences.for over 35 years, the Museum was a single institution that specialized in providing meaningful, engaging experiences for elementary school aged children and younger, and their families. Its ten core exhibits, artist experiences, and art collection continue to delight and inspire children and families. In april 2019, the Museum added museumlab to its campus to deliver exceptional Museum programming for the region, by creating Museum experiences specifically for older kids. Museumlab builds on the Museum's three decades of community development investments in its north side neighborhood, helping to prepare the workforce of the future and creating new opportunities to conduct robust learning research. As a complement to its community development work, the Museum has emerged as a national leader in learning design and research with recognition from the Museum and library field and local and national education leaders. The Museum leads the field around the maker movement and has helped to open hundreds of makerspaces around the region and the united states. At the same time, the Museum has become well-known as a leading creator of traveling exhibits for rental and is sought after for design and consulting services nationally. The Museum's reputation as a leading provider of high-quality, research-based experiences for children, families and educators is at an all-time high. The combination of Children's Museum and museumlab programs has created an extensive selection of Museum and educational experiences for children of all ages and their families. In addition to its thirteen permanent exhibits and art collection, the Museum commissions new interactive art, partners with hundreds of local working artists, and engages in accessibility and inclusion programming for all families. The Museum also creates and presents educational programs that connect with and engage all types of learners in 21st century skills. Teacher education, youth programs and classes on the Museum's floor provide opportunities for learning and play. Visiting a Children's Museum focused on real stuff, children and adults alike have opportunities to try new things, explore creative outlets and take a fresh, new look at the world around them. Children are encouraged to find their own answers through hands-on exploration. Outreach programs provide services to the general public outside the Museum, primarily in schools and libraries. In march 2020, the world health organization declared the outbreak of covid-19 a pandemic, which continues to spread throughout the united states and the world. The Museum is closely monitoring the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on all aspects of its operations. At the onset of the covid-19 outbreak, the Museum began focusing on mitigating the adverse impacts of the outbreak by closing its doors to the public since march 14, 2020 and for the remainder of the calendar year. The Museum has taken measures to reduce its costs and to maintain adequate liquidity. Additionally, the Museum has been engaging its members and the public through virtual offerings, including workshops, educational videos, outdoor performances and after-school programs.
The Museum creates and presents educational programs that connect with and engage all types of learners. Outreach programs provide services to the general public outside the Museum, primarily in schools. Other venues include community festivals, malls and health fairs. Teacher education, youth programs and classes on the Museum's floor provide opportunities for learning and play.
The Museum is a catalyst for positive change and works to use its resources to improve the quality of its immediate neighborhood with the goal of creating a safe, family friendly destination. The physical structure of the Museum provides inspiration in its unique architecture incorporating three centuries and the latest in "green" technologies.