Museum lab is open!

Join us to explore new exhibits and activities for the older kid. Details here

What is Museum Lab?

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is 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.)

But it’s also about experimenting and learning alongside our partner organizations that are helping us create programs for Museum Lab, including Manchester Academic Charter School.

And with the opening of Museum Lab, we 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.


Creating Museum Lab 

Museum Lab 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.

Come see Museum Lab for yourself!

Below you can find some of the construction shots
and design drawings from Museum Lab.