Bigfoot and Pals Invade Children’s Museum

A free outdoor exhibit explores the world of fantastical beasts.
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Where can you find Bigfoot’s lost shoe? Hibernating jackalopes? A pegasus nest?

These and stranger things are scattered around the grounds of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh as part of a new exhibit, The Cryptid Critter Crawl.

The interactive, audio exhibit features eight different artifacts related to cryptids, creatures derived from folklore or legend. In addition to physical signs on site, the website offers background on the cryptids, audio tales, a map of the artifacts and coloring sheets.

Pittsburgh-based artist Owen Lowery, who designed the free installation, says it was “created for everyone — children, families, friends, awkward couples on a first date.”

“I’m hoping it will let people explore something strange and curious, learn about unique folklore, have a few chuckles, and maybe spark some deeper conversations. The Cryptid Critter Crawl is a world filled with the strange and unfamiliar, just like our own, where it’s much better to be curious than afraid.”

“Our recent expansion into MuseumLab has made us the largest children’s museum campus in the country. The Cryptid Critter Crawl extends our outdoor footprint and creates a deeper connection between the museum, our Northside neighbors and our members and visitors,” says Jane Werner, the museum’s executive director.

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