The Pittsburgh Children's Museum is filled with interactive and imaginative exhibits, which will keeps kids busy for ... More
Pittsburgh Children's Museum
The Pittsburgh Children's Museum is filled with interactive and imaginative exhibits, which will keeps kids busy for hours. Fans of "Mister Roger's Neighborhood" on PBS will find several of his "friends" in a puppet exhibit, as well as some of Jim Henson's creations. A favorite at the museum is Stuffee, a health-teaching exhibit that invites kids to poke and prod. The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. Admission is USD9 for adults, USD8 for children aged 2-18, USD7 for member guests, and free for children under 2.
Overall the museum was OK. Not much interactive learning. Some trains, car tracks, and puppets, but nothing that my son doesn't already have at home. The thing that peeved me off the most was that the 3rd floor(water works) was completely closed for routine maintenance. Although I did go back and see there was a sign at the counter, the girl who took our money did not even care to mention it. We paid almost $40 and couldn't even experience an entire floor.
I read the other reviews and was amazed at the difference in our experiences. This museum, compared to the Top 10 Children's museums (of which it is not), is not comparable in terms of interactive events. The exhibits are small, barely interactive (you get to sit in a stationary Mr. Rogers caboose with nothing to do for example), and often not a good match with smaller children and/or special needs children who can not reach/climb to use some exhibits.
The water room is a great idea but comes up short because there is actually very little to do and the staff do not creat interesting activities. Children get to float a boat in a large standing pool, for example. Wow. The art room, however, is excellent.
Additionally, the museum is very small and compartmentalized. As a result, it is difficult to play with and/or look at many exhibits even first thing in the morning.
Overall, the lack of truly interactive exhibits for small children - a grocery store, a train that actually moves, a boxcar that perhaps gives children buttons to push or sounds to make - makes this museum quite boring for them. I cannot imagine, however, that the museum will appeal to my child as she ages.
Based on the other reviews this is the "new" Pittsburgh Children's museum and an improvement over the last one. I'd hate to have seen its earlier incarnation and the staff could still learn quite a bit by incorporating more interactive elements from their top-10 counterparts in other cities.
We've been to the Children's Musuem so many times, I think I've taken it for granted. I recently went to a nearby city's Children's Museum and it paled in comparison. I guess I didn't realize the gem that we have here in Pittsburgh.
A family can easily spend a day and unlike other musuems, there are activities for the children older than 6 as well. My girls have a hard time picking a favorite exhibit. We always enjoy Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, the plentiful art activities, the baby and toddler room, and the ultra-fun water play. (Bring an extra set of clothes or a bathing suit! They get really wet.) The best kept secret is downstairs in the theatre where the children can dress-up and act out plays on a full stage-awesome!
As a Mother of three, I have to say my favorite part is the extra-size cafeteria with ample seating. There is food available for purchase or you can bring your own. Either way it's very comfortable.
Parking is ample and convienent. This place is great-come see for yourself!
The NEW children's museum has so many hands-on things for kids to do - so plan for a whole day or two. We go back almost twice a month and never get bored - because my children change their minds about which room is the most interesting - Mister Rogers Neighborhood, Arts & Crafts, The Stage, The Garage, the Water Room, etc. - you can spend hours in each room alone. Enjoy and don't rush through -your kids will love it and enjoy the opportunities to explore.