Museum & Mission

Founded in 2007, The ToonSeum, The Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art, is one of only three museums in the United States dedicated to exhibitions and educational programming focused on the history and cultural impact of the comic and cartoon arts. From 2009 to 2018, The ToonSeum was located in Downtown Pittsburgh in the heart of the Cultural District, and offered exhibitions covering the expanse of comics history, and workshops and presentations designed to educate the public about the artform.

The ToonSeum now seeks to build a more diverse audience for the comic and cartoon arts through intentionally inclusive programming and outreach.

With the closing of our doors downtown, the museum has entered a “Curtains Drawn” period of programming, fundraising, outreach and building partnerships. Pop-up exhibits and lectures are among the events planned across the Pittsburgh region while in search of a new home for our new mission: championing comics as a force for social good through education, while cultivating more inclusive audiences.

“During Curtains Drawn, we will develop programming that reflects and includes more members of our community. More people of color, more women, more members of our LGBTQ communities, more families from neighborhoods across Pittsburgh, more students of all ages from more of our schools.” – Board President Marcel Walker