Museums and Indoor Activities
Housed in the same building for one admission fee, the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are located in Pittsburgh’s bustling Oakland neighborhood. The art museum’s collection features galleries of contemporary art, decorative arts and design, fine arts, photography, and the Heinz Architectural Center. The Museum of Natural history features exhibits displaying dinosaur fossils, minerals, gems, geological artifacts, Ice Age fossils, wildlife and ecology, and anthropology. Both museums feature special exhibits throughout the year.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (the site of our event!)
10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh offers interactive education exhibits for children. Children can learn how a smart car works, build their own boat to see how it floats, learn about woodworking and circuitry. The museums was named one of the top ten children’s museums by parent’s Magazine in 2011.
Carnegie Science Center
One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Visitors can immerse themselves in interactive exhibits and shows exploring robotics, a miniature railroad and village, a replica of the international space station, magnetic and lasers, the sports works, educational films in the Omnimax theatre, the Buhl Planetarium, and the cold-war era submarine USS Requin.
Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Dedicated to one of Pittsburgh’s most famous natives, the Warhol Museum is devoted to Warhol’s work and the legacy of pop art. The single-artist museum features galleries dedicated to Warhol’s art, film and video, archives, and the artist’s life. The museum features both a permanent collection, and special exhibits throughout the year.
500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
For art lovers and the adventurous, the Mattress Factory offers stimulating galleries and exhibits featuring unique contemporary art. The museum’s artist residency hosts different artists every year who live at the museum as they create new work. The Mattress Factory has both permanent exhibits like the Yayoi Kusama mirrored rooms, and presents special new exhibits throughout the year.
Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
The Senator John Heinz History Center features the history of Western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh, and affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. The museum features exhibits detailing the history of Pittsburgh and the region’s global impact, local African American history, and the history of the Heinz company. the History Center also houses the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, which details the unique history of Pittsburgh sports.
The Cathedral of Learning and the Nationality Rooms
4200 Fifth Avenue, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Located on the University of Pittsburgh Campus, this historic landmark is the tallest university building in the Western hemisphere. Featuring Late Gothic Revival architecture, the Cathedral houses classrooms, offices, and even a food court. Inside the main entrance, visitors will find the Commons Room, a Gothic-style hall with ceilings that extend four stories. The Cathedral also houses the Nationality Rooms, a collection of 29 classrooms that depict historical and traditional classrooms from different heritages. When classes are in session, room availability varies, but tours are available.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
700 Frank Curto Dr. Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Located just inside Schenley Park, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers stunning gardens and unique glass art installations in many of the gardens. Inside a Victorian greenhouse, guests will find seasonal displays, tropical gardens, stunning orchids, seasonal outdoor gardens, tropical fruit and spice plants, unique fountains, prickly cacti in the desert room, formal French style gardens, and a café offering items utilizing local produce with an emphasis on sustainability.
Duquesne Incline – 1197 W. Carson St. Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Monongahela Incline – 73 W. Carson St., Pittsburgh PA 15222
The Duquesne Incline opened in 1877 and is the more famous of the two inclines. The upper station houses a small historical exhibit detailing both the history of the incline and Pittsburgh. Visitors can also step inside the machine room of the incline and watch as the incline operates. Visitors can also buy souvenirs and take in the amazing view of Pittsburgh on the connecting overlook.
The Monongahela Incline opened in 1870 and is the oldest continuously operating funicular railway in the U.S. This incline is used every day by both commuters heading to work and visitors taking in the skyline on Grandview Avenue. The upper station is located on Grandview Ave., which features several blocks of overlooks offering spectacular views of the city. The Mt. Washington neighborhood also offers unique restaurants and shops.
Point State Park
101 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Located at the confluence of the three Pittsburgh rivers, the recently renovated park offers picturesque views of the city, and the famous Point State Park Fountain. The park also houses the Fort Pitt Museum, which explores the history of Western Pennsylvania’s role in the French & Indian War, and the American Revolution.
Frick Art and Historical Center
7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Once the home of Helen Clay Frick, the daughter of famous industrialist Henry Clay Frick, the Historical Center now showcases Ms. Frick’s private art collections and showcases the home as it was during her lifetime. Visitors can enjoy fine and decorative arts, architecture, and Frick family’s historic carriages and cars. Visitors can also enjoy the grounds, and an on-site café.
Admission is free, and guided tours are offered at a fee.
Allegheny Commons, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
The National Aviary features more than 500 birds of 150 different species from around the world. Many of the birds are endangered. The aviary offers a unique learning experience where visitors can interact with free-flying birds. Visitors can view penguins, flamingoes, and even American Bald Eagles. The aviary also offers special experiences for guest to interact one-on-
one with the birds at an additional fee.
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
1 Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
The 77-acre zoo and aquarium combo offers fun for adults and kids alike. The zoo and aquarium house tigers, lions, elephants, giraffes, gorillas, sharks, polar bears, sea otters, and many other animals. The zoo is open year round.
The cultural district located in Downtown Pittsburgh features several theatres that host plays, musicals, jazz, concerts, symphony, ballet, opera, and other performance art. Visit their website for information on venues and events.
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