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Former Carnegie Free Library – Allegheny Branch

6 Allegheny Square East

Neighborhood: Northside

Saturday: 10a-4p

Sunday: 10a-1p

Categories: Adaptive Reuse

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is excited to join Doors Open Pittsburgh in showcasing the Former Carnegie Free Library – Allegheny Branch.

The Children’s Museum will share its preliminary renovation plans for the 1890 building and reveal some of the historic beauty hidden beneath a 1970’s renovation.

The Museum now sees over 306,000 visitors a year. The next step in revitalizing the Allegheny Square neighborhood includes the creation of Museum Lab by renovating the adjacent Allegheny City Library.

The City-owned Library was completed in 1890 and renovated in the 1970s.  Adaptation of the former Allegheny Library as part of the Museum’s complex will create the Largest Cultural Campus for Children in the nation.

Children’s Museum’s planned programming of space includes:
• Ground level: Space for Museum Partners such as Saturday Light Brigade, Reading Is Fundamental, and Allies for Children
• First floor: Museum Lab flexible gallery/maker space for museum programs – exhibit space for experimentation and research.
• Second Floor: Manchester Academic Charter School middle school
• Shared Space: Multi-purpose assembly rooms to be shared among the Museum, school, and theater


YOUR EXPERIENCE: See the future of the former Carnegie Free Library Allegheny, including architectural plans of the renovation, view photos of the original building via this semi-guided tour experience of the first floor .

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes, Via the New Hazlett Theater

Restrooms Available: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible Restrooms: Yes

Photography Restrictions: None