The Story

Building by building, brick by brick, we’ve helped
transform the Northside.


It all started in 1983 when Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh opened in the
Old Post Office building.

In 2004, we reaffirmed our commitment to the neighborhood by expanding into the Buhl Planetarium — dedicating 80,000 square feet of space to learning and play in two of the region’s most beloved buildings.

From there, we led the establishment of the nearby New Hazlett Theater in partnership with the Warhol Museum, and created the Charm Bracelet Project to bring together Northside cultural institutions.

Then we raised $6 million in 2012 to revitalize Buhl Community Park, a dilapidated park right outside the Museum’s doors. And the neighborhood hasn’t looked back.

With the opening of Museum Lab in the historic Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny building, we are continuing our goal of revitalizing what was once the core of Allegheny City. It also completes our vision to create the largest cultural campus for children in the country.

At least for now. But is a vision ever complete?

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