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Rube GoldbergTM: The World of Hilarious Innovation! Opens at Minnesota Children’s Museum on May 25

St. Paul, Minn., May 8, 2019 – Minnesota Children’s Museum will open Rube GoldbergTM: The World of Hilarious Innovation! Exhibit on Saturday, May 25. This hands-on exhibit celebrates the Pulitzer Prize winning humorist and inventor, and introduces visitors to the creative processes behind his iconic contraptions. Just like Rube GoldbergTM, visitors activate and create wacky chain-reaction contraptions that use everyday objects to complete simple tasks in over complicated and hilarious ways.

This is the first time this exhibit has been in Minnesota. It was created by Children’s Museum of Pittsburg in partnership with the Heirs of Rube Goldberg. The exhibit is locally presented by Comcast and will be open through Sunday, Sept. 8. Entrance to the exhibit is included with admission to the museum ($12.95 per person ages 1 to 101).

“We’re excited to host this exhibit and offer our visitors the opportunity to learn about Rube Goldberg and explore engineering and STEAM concepts in a fun and playful way,” said Dianne Krizan, president of Minnesota Children’s Museum.

What Visitors Do in the Exhibit

Rube GoldbergTM: The World of Hilarious Innovation! Exhibit features life-sized 3D recreations inspired by original Rube Goldberg illustrations. Visitors of the exhibit:

  • Move balls and ramps to trigger chain reaction machines
  • Pull ropes to start a series of musical chain reactions
  • Step into one of Rube’s iconic wearables for a one-of-a-kind photo opp
  • Create a hilarious cartoon
  • And much more!

What Kids Are Learning

Experiences in this exhibit are not only fun, they also empower visitors to:

  • Gain insight into the legacy of Rube Goldberg
  • Discover and reimagine engineering principles
  • Explore 21st century STEAM concepts
  • Build skills such as cooperation, perseverance and patience
  • Find the fun and value in failing

Opening Schedule

The museum has a special lineup of events to celebrate the opening of this exhibit.

  • Members-Only Sneak Peek: Friday, May 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. The museum will be open during this time, but only members will get a sneak peek of the new exhibit. FREE for members. No advance tickets required.
  • Opening Day: Saturday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit officially opens. Entrance to the exhibit is free with purchase of museum admission.
  • Members-Only Event: Sunday, June 2 to 8 p.m. Members enjoy exclusive access to the entire museum, including the Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Innovation! Free for members, but space is limited.

About Minnesota Children’s Museum

Minnesota Children’s Museum sparks children’s learning through play. The museum, a nonprofit organization, serves more than 550,000 visitors each year at its locations in St. Paul and Rochester. Through interactive exhibits and programs, the museum provides open-ended, self-directed experiences that cultivate critical thinking, creativity, confidence and other lifelong skills. The museum serves as a resource for parents to advance their children’s playful learning in the museum and beyond. Minnesota Children’s Museum is a leading producer of hands-on rental exhibits for children’s museums and discovery centers. Visit mcm.org for more information.

The museum is the leading developer of traveling children’s museum exhibits with more than 35 years of experience and the largest collection of rental exhibits on the road.

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 306,000 visitors annually and provides tons of fun and loads of “real stuff” experiences for play and learning. Permanent hands-on, interactive exhibit areas at the Museum include The Studio, Theater, Waterplay, Attic, Nursery, Backyard and MAKESHOP®. The Museum’s award-winning, three-story, center building is screened by a shimmering wind Sculpture and connects two historic structures (Allegheny Post Office Building & the Buhl Building). In 2006 the Museum became a certified green building and was honored by the American Institute for Architects and the National Historic Preservation Trust. In 2015 Parents Magazine named the Museum one of the nation’s 15 top children’s museums and in 2017 the Children’s Museum was Voted One of the Nation’s Ten Best Museums for Families in USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice Contest. In April 2019 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh opened Museum Lab™, a new museum for older kids.

Children’s Museum Pittsburgh is located on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side at 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. For more information, please call (412) 322-5058 or visit, pittsburghkids.org.

Media Contact

Courtney Finn
Director of Strategic Communications
Minnesota Children’s Museum




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