What is Museum Lab?
We’re growing along with your family, creating Museum Lab as a place where kids 10+ can have cutting-edge experiences in art, tech and learning. It’s just the thing for their inquiring minds, increasing skills and independent inclinations.
At Museum Lab, you can work on a large-scale mosaic, shape wood on a lathe, step into a virtual world and explore funky art installations.
Or get lost climbing, sliding and hanging out in a three-story artwork made with rope woven around the framework of the steel bookshelves of this former library (affectionately known as The Stacks.)
And with the creation of Museum Lab, we’ll have created the largest cultural campus for children in the country. Right here in Pittsburgh.
So bring the kids in your life - while they’ll still be seen with you.
Museum Lab opens Saturday, April 27.
The Artwork in the Stacks opens Saturday, June 8.
Creating Museum Lab
Museum Lab will be located in one of the most unique buildings in Pittsburgh, the former Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny. When it opened in 1890, this was the first library commissioned by industrialist Andrew Carnegie. (The building was closed and relocated to Federal Street. in the mid 2000s after a damaging lightning strike.)
Carnegie and architects John L. Smithmeyer and Paul J. Pelz pulled out all the stops when they created this building, There are soaring arches, countless banks of windows, a decorative terra cotta entryway and mosaic tile floors. While some of these original features were covered up by a 1970s renovation, we’ve restored much of it in a state of “beautiful ruin”. We’ve even left some of the original Carnegie Steel beams exposed as a nod to its origins.
We’re putting the finishing touches on Museum Lab right now - come see it for yourself when Museum Lab opens on Saturday, April 27.
Below you can find some of the construction shots and design drawings from Museum Lab.