What is MuseumLab?
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has grown along with your family, creating MuseumLab as a place where kids 10+ can have cutting-edge experiences in art, tech and making. It’s just the thing for their inquiring minds, increasing skills and independent inclinations.
It all takes place in a “beautiful ruin” located right next door to the Children’s Museum, the former Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny. In creating MuseumLab, we renovated the building to reveal much of its original 1890 archways, columns and mosaic floors, and designed a unique space that honors the past while welcoming the future.
It’s also about experimenting and learning alongside our partner organizations that are helping us create programs for MuseumLab, including Entertainment Technology Center, SLB Radio and Manchester Academic Charter School.
And with the creation of MuseumLab, we’ve 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.
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MuseumLab is 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.