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

september 24, 2022 – january 8, 2023

Step into the magical world of Pixar’s hit animated film Inside Out and explore the important role emotions, memory, and imagination play in our everyday lives! Learn to recognize emotions and how they are expressed through hands-on and digital experiences featuring the characters who represent our five core emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear.

recommended for ages 2-10

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

exhibit experiences

Young boy at the Control Panel

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

Boy's smiling reflection in the Emotion Mirrors

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

Young boy making a Memory Sphere

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

Visiting Exhibit Hall at National Children's Museum

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

A family interacts with the Train of Thought experience

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

Boy balances Emotion Blocks

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

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

may 28, 2022 – 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, 2022 – 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 2020 – 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.