Visiting Exhibit Hall

visiting exhibit hall

The Visiting Exhibit Hall serves as a space to showcase some of the world’s most innovative and engaging traveling exhibits, designed especially for children, ensuring that the Museum is constantly reflecting the world around us.

current exhibit

XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness Logo

january 21 – may 14, 2023

Explore the complex emotions of love and forgiveness through words, movement, artmaking, performance, and play! Complete hands-on activities together to develop an understanding and appreciation of the power of love, kindness, and forgiveness.

recommended for learners aged 2-12 and their families

exhibit experiences

Illuminate a hidden message about love by Holding Hands.

Answer questions about love and forgiveness, and tie them to a wall for others to read at the Response Wall.

Write down loving thoughts and press them into Tokens of Love.

Work together to Balance on a seesaw or connect an infinite Story Puzzle.

Create Silhouettes using a unique set up of light boxes.

Build and explore a variety of facial expressions using Empathy Blocks.

Release the Negative by drawing or writing down what makes them angry or sad and then crank it through a paper shredder.

Speak into Tone Phones and watch how their voices affect shapes projected on a screen.

created by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh with support from The Fetzer Institute

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Where is this exhibit located?

The Visiting Exhibits Hall is located on Floor 1, one level down from the main entrance, next to the Tinkerers Studio.

past exhibits

september 24, 2022 – january 8, 2023

In Emotions at Play with Pixar’s Inside Out, visitors learned about the important role emotions and memories play in our everyday lives through hands-on and digital experiences set in the whimsical world of the hit animated film. The exhibit was developed by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios.

may 28 – september 5, 2022

Visitors discovered how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts are used to solve design challenges in Design Zone, which was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Three zones spanning art, music, and movement, demonstrated the connection between STEM thinking and innovative creativity.

Young boy at the Thomas exhibit train table

january 22 – may 15, 2022

In Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails!, visitors helped Thomas and his engine friends solve a variety of challenges, from a simple sorting and shape identification activity to more complex engineering obstacles. The exhibit was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum and inspired by the popular children’s series now on Nick Jr.

september 3, 2021 – january 9, 2022

In the Moomin Animations – Thrills and Cuddles exhibit, visitors learned how the Finnish author Tove Jansson’s beloved Moomin books were brought to life using animation! Co-produced by the Moomin Museum, Embassy of Finland in Washington, DC, National Children’s Museum, Gutsy Animations Ltd and Moomin Characters Ltd, and supported by Finarte and Lovi Ltd.

february – september 2020

The Visiting Exhibit Hall featured Nickelodeon’s Dora and Diego: Let’s Explore! The interactive exhibit for preschoolers was presented in Spanish and English and was sponsored by PNC.