Expanded Children's Museum of Pittsburgh --
Including The Buhl Planetarium and
Institute of Popular Science Building

Click here for the Official Web Site of the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

The expanded Children's Museum of Pittsburgh now occupies three buildings

(originally known as the Pittsburgh Children's Museum, it occupied one building, the Old Allegheny Post Office, from 1983 to 2004.) --

Two City Designated Historic Structures,
protected by the City of Pittsburgh Historic Review Commission:

The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science (1939) *** Old Allegheny Post Office (1897)

The two historic buildings are now connected by a new "Nightlight Building" (2004).

This complex is located in historic Allegheny Square on the Lower North Side of Pittsburgh.


Planning, Construction, and Opening of Complex
Including Historic Preservation Objections

Current News


Current News

Planning, Construction, and Opening of Complex
Including Historic Preservation Objections

Murphy, Kara. "Pittsburgh lives up to new nickname, Kidsburgh."
GoErie.com 2017 Feb. 19.
We got to the city mid-day Friday and headed straight for the four-floor Carnegie Science Center. The center, opened in 1991, is perched over the Ohio River on Pittsburgh's north shore. It is in the process of a $21 million expansion, which will include 14,000 additional feet of exhibit space when it is completed in spring 2018.
The next day we were off to the Children's Museum, also on Pittsburgh's north side...We all went "wow" when we turned a corner and found the "Garage," a former planetarium repurposed into a cavernous room of creative play.
We traveled from the museum to the Duquesne Incline, which the kids had watched go up and down the hill the day before from the windows of the Science Center.
By then, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History was getting ready to open and we squeezed what could have been easily an entire day of learning into two hours. The full-sized dinosaur skeletons were awesome, and the kids enjoyed getting hands-on time as paleontologists at the Bonehunters Quarry.
We also speed-walked through the adjoining Carnegie Museum of Art, with my 5-year-old tugging me forward chanting "this is boring, this is boring."

"SPLASH! Kick Off to Summer Community Free Day - Children's Museum of Pittsburgh." Web Page Notice
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh 2014 June 21.
Sponsored by the Jack Buncher Foundation.
Also see:
* Carnegie Science Center Reuse of 1980s "Snowballs on Summer Solstice Day" Promotion of Pittsburgh's Original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science
* Annual Summer Solstice Day Event at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, 1985 to 1991

Walsh, Glenn A. "Historic Buhl Planetarium Flag Pole Refurbished, Back-in-Use ." Blog Post.
SpaceWatchtower 2013 Dec. 7.
Also see: The Historic Flag Pole At Pittsburgh's Original
Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science

Abraham, Heather. "Off-Duty Officer Performs CPR On Boy Pulled From Water In Hampton Twp."
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh 2013 May 17.

Belculfine, Lexi. "Child pulled from water at Hampton amusement center."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2013 May 16.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square Opens." Blog Post.
SpaceWatchtower 2012 June 25.

Kalson, Sally. "Despite recent closings, there are still indoor places to take the kids."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Nov. 19.

"Briefs: Children's Museum helps kids build castles."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Nov. 19.

"Center for Creative Play backers set meeting."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 April 16.
New Web Site: Bring Back CFCP

Sansig Monahan, Frances. "This Just In: April 2 - 9: One Less Place to Play." Review: Television News.
Pittsburgh City Paper 2008 April 3.
Review of WTAE-TV 4 news story on permanent closing of the Center for Creative Play.
(Third review of three on web page.)

Belser, Ann. "Swissvale's Center For Creative Play is closing Monday."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 March 29.

Linn, Virginia. Column: "How a split second can change everything."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 March 29.

Linn, Virginia. "Center for Creative Play to close Monday."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 March 28.

Lord, Rich. "Lights turned off tomorrow in global warming event."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 March 28.
Earth Hour.

"Earth Hour Day tomorrow gaining participants."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 March 28.
Earth Hour.

"National Trust to classify sky above NSW."
The Age, Melbourne, Australia 2008 March 27.
To occur in conjunction with "Earth Hour."
Also see "Bay Street turning down the lights."

Council of the City of Pittsburgh. Proclamation (Sponsored by City Councilman Bill Peduto): Earth Hour -
First Agenda Item in the Regular Meeting of Council (Meeting Minutes)
Children's Museum Executive Director (and President of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council) Jane Werner accepted proclamation. 2008 March 25.

Hamilton, Tyler. "Bay Street turning down the lights."
Toronto Star 2008 March 15.
Also see "Lights turned off tomorrow in global warming event."


Planning, Construction, and Opening of Complex
Including Historic Preservation Objections

Opening of Expanded Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Which Includes
The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science Building --

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Critique - 2004 November 13:
Critique of newly-expanded complex called the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Including The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science building
By Glenn A. Walsh

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Public Statements and Correspondence Regarding Completion of Expansion Project
of the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, including use of
The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science building.

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From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2005 January 25:
[1] Expanded Children's Museum packs in more fun and creativity By Patricia Lowry
[2] Child's-eye view finds museum offers a great big place to play By Victoria Lowry

From the Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh - 2004 November 17:
Writing on the Walls
Second Childhood
The Children’s Museum is reborn

Writer: CHARLES ROSENBLUM; Photographer: HEATHER MULL>

News Articles from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh --

2004 November 13:
Editorial: Museum quality /
Pittsburghers reap the joys of expansion

2004 November 10:
Children's Museum receives another $1 million in state funds

2004 November 8:
Lions' losing takes toll By Chico Harlan
Regarding mixup in Penn State football coverage on WTAE-TV 4, resulting in
airing of video clip of ribbon-cutting at Children's Museum.

2004 November 8:
Lifestyle - across town
More gatherings and notable events ...
Children's Museum Gala

2004 November 5:
Weekend Hotlist, 11/05/04
HAVE SOME FUN
At the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

2004 October 31:
The Real Deal: Museum promises hands-on fun with "stuff"
By Monica Haynes

2004 October 31:
At the renovated Children's Museum,
the building is the biggest exhibit of all

By Patricia Lowry

News Articles from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh --

2004 November 8:
Fanfare with Jean Horne
Child's play By Jean Horne
(Second sub-article, from beginning of news story)

2004 November 7:
Bigger, better way to play all day
By Bobby Kerlik

2004 November 4:
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh to reopen
By Kurt Shaw, TRIBUNE-REVIEW ART CRITIC

2004 October 31:
Artists prepare works for opening of the
expanded Children's Museum

By Kurt Shaw, TRIBUNE-REVIEW ART CRITIC

Proposed Pittsburgh Children's Museum and Center --
Consolidating the Buhl Planetarium and
Old Allegheny Post Office Buildings

Photograph of Model and Plans of the Proposed Pittsburgh Children's Museum and Center[an expansion of the Pittsburgh Children's Museum, currently housed in the Old Allegheny Post Office building], consisting of the Buhl Planetarium building and the Old Allegheny Post Office building connected by a luminous, translucent glass structure. Architectural firm Koning Eizenberg Architecture, of Santa Monica, California, won an A.D. 2000 architectural design competition, for this project, co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Other photographs of the proposed Pittsburgh Children's Museum and Center:

From the Northside Chronicle *** From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For more information about the proposed Pittsburgh Children's Museum and Center project--

Newspaper Accounts

Letters-to-the-Editor

Public Statements


The expanded Children's Museum of Pittsburgh now occupies three buildings

(originally known as the Pittsburgh Children's Museum, it occupied one building, the Old Allegheny Post Office, from 1983 to 2004.) --

Two City Designated Historic Structures,
protected by the City of Pittsburgh Historic Review Commission:

The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science (1939) *** Old Allegheny Post Office (1897)

The two historic buildings are now connected by a new "Nightlight Building" (2004).


Official Internet Web Site of
the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

(Originally known as the Pittsburgh Children's Museum)

News Regarding Buhl Planetarium, Pittsburgh

History of The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science
Pittsburgh
Cover Page

Internet Web Site Master Index for the History of
The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, Pittsburgh


Other Internet Web Sites of Interest

History of Andrew Carnegie and Carnegie Libraries

History of Astronomer, Educator, and Optician John A. Brashear, Friend of Andrew Carnegie

History of The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, Pittsburgh
Including the oldest operable, major planetarium projector in the world !

History of the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, Chicago - America's First Major Planetarium !

History of The Duquesne Incline, Pittsburgh - Historic Cable Car Railway Serving Commuters and Tourists since 1877 !

Antique Telescope Society

Other History Links


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Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, Andrew Carnegie Free Library,
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The Carnegie Science Center, The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Institute, or The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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