The ToonSeum in Pittsburgh.jpg
EstablishedNovember 7, 2007
DissolvedFebruary 24, 2018
Location945 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
FounderJoe Wos[1]
DirectorJohn Kelly

ToonSeum: Pittsburgh Museum of Cartoon Art is a museum devoted exclusively to the cartoon arts, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1] ToonSeum is one of three museums dedicated to cartoon art in the United States.[2] ToonSeum moved to its own gallery space on Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh's downtown Cultural District on November 8, 2009, aided by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.[1][2] It is currently led by John Kelly.[3]

In 2009, the ToonSeum established its NEMO Award, given to notable individuals "for excellence in the cartoon arts". Recipients to date include veteran comic-book artist Ron Frenz,[4] editorial and comic-strip artist Dick Locher,[5] and comics artist, editorial cartoonist and artists' rights advocate Jerry Robinson.[6] In May 2013, ToonSeum hosted the two-day North American Conference of the National Cartoonists Society.[7] In that same month, plans for expansion of the museum were announced.[8]

On February 16, 2018, the ToonSeum announced on their Facebook page that they would close the physical location on Liberty avenue February 24, 2018 to focus on direct community outreach.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Kalson, Sally (August 29, 2009). "City's ToonSeum growing up". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved August 29, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Machosky, Michael (August 28, 2009). "Toonseum moving from Children's Museum to Cultural District". Tribune-Review. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  3. ^ "Our Staff - the ToonSeum". Archived from the original on 2017-05-17. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  4. ^ Uricchio, Marylynn "ToonSeum cartoon museum holds annual Ka-Blam! fundraiser" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette June 9, 2009 Retrieved December 21, 2010
  5. ^ "Legendary Cartoonist Dick Locher Receives ToonSeum's Nemo Award" March 30, 2011
  6. ^ Riggenberg, Steven "Jerry Robinson: January 1st, 1922-December 7th, 2011" The Comics Journal December 13, 2011
  7. ^ Eberson, Sharon (May 23, 2013). "Pittsburgh's ToonSeum hosts National Cartoonists Society Conference - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  8. ^ Eberson, Sharon (May 26, 2013). "Pittsburgh's ToonSeum eager to expand". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  9. ^ "The ToonSeum". Retrieved 2018-02-25.

Coordinates: 40°26′37″N 79°59′47″W / 40.44349°N 79.99647°W / 40.44349; -79.99647