By Jake Mysliwczyk
Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village reopens Thursday November 21st, 2019 with a new model. The iconic downtown department store Kaufmann’s is the 2019 addition to the exhibit marking 100 years of engineering memories.
Visitors of the Miniature Railroad will get to see a replica of the original downtown store, known as the “Grand Depot,” complete with 15 window displays, a Swarovski crystal chandelier, and incredible details that bring the magic of Kaufmann’s to life. The original version of Kaufmann’s clock is displayed on the corner outside the store as well.
“For the exhibit’s centennial anniversary, we knew this year’s model had to be extra special, a place Pittsburghers feel a sentimental connection to, the way they feel connected to the timeless Miniature Railroad,” said Carnegie Science Center Interim Deputy Director Kim Amy.
The department store was founded by a family of Jewish-German immigrants in the 1870’s as a simple men’s clothing shop in South Side and eventually grew to be the downtown mammoth many Pittsburghers compassionately remember.
“The Kaufmann’s model brings to the Miniature Railroad a sense of activity, life, and local pride. Visually it’s very captivating because it is such a big piece. It brings diversity to our display and helps us tell the immigrant story.” said Curator of Historic Exhibits Patty Everly.
The Miniature Railroad & Village is open during the Science Center’s regular operation hours and is included with general admission.
Photos of the Kafmann’s model below: