Top 5: Pittsburgh Museums

by Holly Riddle

Mar 13, 2019

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Top 5 / North America

Don’t miss these five Pittsburgh museums the next time you’re in town.

 

The Fort Pitt Museum

See where it all started. The Fort Pitt Museum traces the early history of Pittsburgh and displays 18th-century housing, living history, frontier artifacts and battlefield weaponry. The museum sits in Point State Park, the only state park in the country in an urban setting, with great views of the city and waterfront seating.

 

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

One of four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and one of the top natural history museums in the United States, this museum offers something for everyone. Exhibits focus on everything from dinosaurs to gemstones, wildlife to ancient Egypt. Through May 12, you can catch the “Reptiles: Live!” exhibit, which includes 19 living dioramas, inhabitants including lizards, snakes, turtles and crocodilians.

 

The August Wilson Center

This African American Cultural Center museum offers visual arts, including self-portraits and African art, alongside other art forms like music, theater and dance. You can also attend a workshop to help develop your own talents.

 

The Andy Warhol Museum

As you might’ve guessed, the Andy Warhol Museum houses the largest collection of Warhol art and archives in the world. Seven floors of work lay out a chronological timeline of Warhol’s career. Guests also enjoy the chance to try some of Warhol’s signature art techniques for themselves.

 

Toonseum

If you have even an inkling of love for comics, from comic books to the Sunday funnies, Toonseum is a worthwhile visit. Explore the serious historic and cultural impacts of comics and cartoons. There are more than 100 pieces of art on display, despite the museum’s tiny size and you can always find something new, no matter how many times you visit.

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