Press Release Emotions at Play with Pixar’s Inside Out Exhibit Opens at National Children’s Museum in Downtown DC This Fall

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Emotions at Play with Pixar’s Inside Out Exhibit Opens at National Children’s Museum in Downtown DC This Fall

September 6, 2022

From September 24, 2022 – January 8, 2023, families will recognize, explore, and express emotions through hands-on experiences inspired by the hit animated film

WASHINGTON — This fall and winter, prepare for a joy-filled family experience! Emotions at Play with Pixar’s Inside Out, the first interactive exhibit based on Disney and Pixar’s hit animated feature Inside Out, arrives at National Children’s Museum on September 24, 2022.

Visitors are invited to interact with hands-on and digital exhibit features that demonstrate the important role emotions, memory, and imagination play in our everyday lives. Experiences focus on the five emotions featured in the award-winning film: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear. Through hands-on, playful experiences, children and their families learn to recognize emotions and explore how they are expressed and managed.

Emotions at Play with Pixar’s Inside Out will be open for play at National Children’s Museum from September 24, 2022 – January 8, 2023.

“At a time when social-emotional learning is needed more than ever, this exhibit is an incredible opportunity for children and families to explore emotions and build communication skills together,” said Crystal Bowyer, President + CEO of National Children’s Museum. “The Museum is thrilled to host Emotions at Play with Pixar’s Inside Out this fall.”

The exhibit was developed by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios.

In this exhibit, visitors can:

Step into Headquarters to explore the range and intensity of emotions at the Control Panel.

Explore some of the ways we show how we feel with our faces and bodies at the Emotions Mirrors.

Think about an important memory and how it made them feel—or show how they’re feeling currently by creating a glowing Memory Sphere.

Use their imagination to create a story and perform it at Dream Productions.

Work to keep the train on track—what feelings do you have when you control and balance the Train of Thought?

Explore how emotions work together as they stack and balance the Emotion Blocks.

The Emotions at Play with Pixar’s Inside Out exhibit is included in the cost of Museum admission. Tickets to the Museum are $15.95 for adults and children 1 and older and are free for children under 1 and Museum members. For more information about the exhibit at National Children’s Museum, please visit

Located at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW off the Woodrow Wilson Plaza, National Children’s Museum is open 9:30 am – 4:30 pm every day except Tuesdays.


About National Children’s Museum

STEAM adventure awaits at National Children’s Museum, located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C.! With a mission to inspire children to care about and change the world, the Museum sparks curiosity and ignites creativity for children under the age of twelve and their families.Through playful science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) based exhibits, programs, and virtual offerings, the Museum reaches more than 1.5 million people each year. Learn more and plan your visit at

About Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is a place that delights and inspires children, where they can take off on fantastic flights of imagination daily, and return to earth to splash in a river, hammer a nail and ink a silkscreen. With 80,000 square feet of space, the Museum welcomes more than 307,000 visitors annually and provides tons of fun and loads of “real stuff” experiences for play and learning. The Museum was voted one of the nation’s Ten Best Museums for Families in USA Today’s Readers’ Choice Contest in 2017, and named one of the nation’s fifteen top children’s museums by Parents Magazine in 2015. In April 2019, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh opened MuseumLab™, a new museum for older kids, in the former Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny next door. This project transformed a historic landmark on Pittsburgh’s North Side and completed what is now the nation’s largest cultural campus for children.

About Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. The Northern California studio has created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “Inside Out,” “Coco” and “Luca.” Its movies and technology have won more than 40 Academy Awards® and its films have grossed billions at the worldwide box office.

About Inside Out

Pixar’s hit animated feature Inside Out is the story of 11-year-old Riley, who like all of us, is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco as Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive. Inside Out was released in 2015.

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A little boy explores emotions through sound at the Control Panel.
A family interacts with the Train of Thought experience.
A family works together at the Managing our Emotions Maze to land a ball in different zones that represent our emotions.
A girl stands in front of the Emotion Mirrors and acts out an emotion to reflect the film character Fear.