If you have a few days to spend in Pittsburgh, or you’re a Pittsburgher on the hunt to add some weekend fun or date night magic, the Steel City offers an abundance of food, arts, sports, and culture. There’s good reason Pittsburgh recently was named among the top of the world’s most livable cities and in the Top 100 places to live in the U.S.A.
To help make the most out of your visit, we’ll trust you’ve already got a handle on navigating the nearest food spots and thriving local sports scene. We’re here with a few key recommendations for some of our favorite arts and culture hotspots found in the City of Bridges.
Not only are they open year ‘round and even in inclement weather, Pittsburgh’s art museums are world-class showcases. A visit to the Andy Warhol Museum can offer a new perspective on the famed pop culture artist. The museum is one of the largest single-artist museums in the world, and it celebrates the man who was born in Pittsburgh and his iconic works of art. Pop in to reserve your timed tickets today. (117 Sandusky St., 15212. 412-237-8300. Closed Tuesdays. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon., Wed., Thurs., Sat. and Sun; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays; $20 adults, $10 seniors, students, and children, free for members & children 2 and under).
For distinct view of more modern art, check out the Mattress Factory, where you can engage and interact with the quirky art and thought-provoking exhibitions. The Mattress Factory is a museum and experimental lab that hosts artists from around the world and around the corner as they create site-specific installation art. Provocative and immersive, the Mattress Factory is home to “art you can get into.” In addition to revolving installations created by emerging artists-in-residence, you can explore permanent installations by Greer Lankton, James Turrell, Winifred Lutz, Yayoi Kusama, and more. (500 Sampsonia Way, 15212. 412-231-3169; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays; closed on Monday and Tuesday. $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, Free for children under 6.)
When Andrew Carnegie first envisioned the Carnegie Museum of Art in the 1880s, he pictured a collection of “the Old Masters of tomorrow.” The city’s premiere and largest modern art museum also houses a notable collection of post-Impressionist paintings, European and American decorative arts, and late-19th-century American art. The collection of over 34,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. One admission ticket also lets you into the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, housed in the same building. (4400 Forbes Ave., 412-622-3131; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon., Thurs., & weekends.; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays; Closed Tuesdays. Free for members or $20 adults, $15 seniors, $12 students and children 3-18. Half-price tickets available after 3 p.m. on weekdays.)
Springtime is a fabulous time to embrace the annuals, perennials, blooms, and stems of seasonal florals found at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Phipps is open for day-trips, weddings, private events, camps and classes, with advanced, timed tickets required for admission in the vibrant Oakland Neighborhood (700 Frank Curto Drive, 15213 [for GPS users], or One Schenley Park, 15213; 412-622-6914; Saturdays to Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Adults $20, Seniors and students over age 18 are $18, children 2 to 18, $12 and children under 2, free).
A visit to the Frick Art and Historical Center combines authentic experiences in art, history, and nature — plus the feeling of traveling back into the Victorian age (7227 Reynolds St., 15208. 412-371-0600; Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and closed Mondays; center, museums, and greenhouse free; Clayton remains closed). Set on the estate grounds and mansion of the late industrialist, Henry Clay Frick, the house has been transformed into a museum to display the Frick family’s impressive art collection. View masterworks and collections by artists such as Rubens and Fragonard; learn about the culture of the Gilded Age and the history of transportation in America; and stroll through 5.5 acres of lush grounds and gardens in Pittsburgh’s East End. Don’t forget to visit the Car and Carriage Museum on the grounds as well.
For more fabulous artistic inspiration, check out a local Bike tour, the Incline Tour at Mount Washington, or a variety of street art found throughout Pittsburgh’s incredible neighborhoods.
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