If you are going on a vacation to Pittsburgh, there are many wonderful things to do. Try some of these family-friendly museums that your children will be sure to enjoy.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is full of fun family adventures and outings. Museums, sporting events, outdoor recreation, and amusement parks are all part of the Pittsburgh experience. This article focuses on local family-friendly museums.
The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Founded by the wealthy industrialist Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie consists of four museums: Natural History, Art, Science Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum.
The Natural History and Art museums are located within the same complex in the Oakland section of the city between Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. The price of admission includes both museums. Features include a newly remodeled hall of dinosaurs, a hands-on discovery room, and drop-in art-making activities. Dining options include the museum of art café, vending machines, and a cafeteria. Both museums are open Tuesday through Sunday and on Mondays, July 4 through Labor Day.
The Carnegie Science Center is located in Pittsburgh’s North Side. Admission prices include regular exhibits such as the miniature railroad and village, exploration station, and the soon to open roboworld. The Science Center is open Monday through Sunday, with the exception of home football game Sundays.
The Andy Warhol Museum features art by this Pittsburgh native, as well as special exhibitions. The museum is located in Pittsburgh’s North Side (not in the same complex as the Science Center) and is closed on Mondays.
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Located in the city’s North Side Section, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is a great family adventure. Exhibit features include large water play tables, an art studio, a nursery space for infants and toddlers, a garage/workshop, and the toonseum. The museum is open Monday through Sunday (call ahead for specific hours).
The Heinz History Center
This history-oriented museum in Pittsburgh’s Strip District section features many fun activities for children. Family-oriented exhibits include the Discover Place, Kidsburgh, and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. Hours are 10-5 daily.
If you are planning a visit to Pittsburgh, try one of these fun family museums. Call ahead or visit the museums’ websites for specific information on holiday closings, free admission for very young children, and special exhibits.