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Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
View of the new addition joining the former Post Office building (original Children's Museum location) to the left and Buhl Planetarium building to the right
View of the new addition joining the former Post Office building (original Children's Museum location) to the left and Buhl Planetarium building to the right
Location: 10 Children's Way, Allegheny Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,  United States
Coordinates: 40°27′10″N 80°00′23″W / 40.4529°N 80.0064°W / 40.4529; -80.0064Coordinates: 40°27′10″N 80°00′23″W / 40.4529°N 80.0064°W / 40.4529; -80.0064
Pittsburgh Landmark
Official name: Pittsburgh Children's Museum
Designated: December 26, 1972[1]
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is located in Pittsburgh
Location of Children's Museum of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is a children's museum located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is located in the Allegheny Center neighborhood in Pittsburgh's Northside.

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History

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh was founded in 1983 in the old Allegheny Post Office situated on Pittsburgh's North Side, formerly Allegheny City. The neighboring Buhl Planetarium building was vacated by 1991 when it was superseded by the nearby Carnegie Science Center.

New building

In the early 2000s, it was announced the museum would be expanding from the old Beaux Arts-style post office into the neighboring vacant Art Deco Buhl Planetarium. A plan was devised to connect the two historic structures with a modern glass addition over what was a street called Allegheny Square. The street was vacated and realigned and the addition was built.

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh became the largest Silver LEED certified museum in the country in March 2006. This validates that the Museum’s expansion has been designed and constructed using sustainable practices with particular attention to site development, water conservation, energy management, using recycled materials, waste management, reusing resources, indoor air quality as well as developing new programs for visitors. To offer teaching moments about the new green museum, many of the building’s structural and mechanical systems are left exposed.

Awards

The addition has received numerous awards, including a National Trust for Historic Preservation award, LEED silver certification, and an award from American Institute of Architects.

Children’s Museum Executive Director Jane Werner received the Green Building Alliance 2006 Shades of Green Leadership Award which celebrates leaders who have helped transform the Pittsburgh region into a more sustainable place to live and work. Jane's contributions cited include launching a new program/initiative supporting green-building related activities; raising significant community awareness and outreach of green issues through materials, programs and events; and influencing the adoption of a program/policy through advocacy efforts and implementing green management and operation policies within the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

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