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Things to See & Do in Pittsburgh: Museums


Senator John Heinz History Center host of the Brownfields 2017 Community Reception!

Housed in the Chautauqua Ice Warehouse, the center preserves and displays a large collection of artifacts, archives, and photos documenting the history of the region. The headquarters of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, a café, and children’s section are also on the premises. Docent-led tours are available.
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Carnegie Science Center

This 40,000 square foot facility houses so much, that it’s impossible to list it all. Over 250 interactive exhibits include a planetarium, miniature railroad exhibit, Omnimax Theater, the USS Requin (WWII sub), and a health-science center. General Admission includes Carnegie Science Center Exhibits, Buhl Planetarium, and USS Requin. Don’t forget to check out the XPLOR Store on the first floor, and the River View Cafe on the ground floor.
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Andy Warhol Museum

Campbells soup cans anyone? Continue your exploration of Pittsburgh at the Andy Warhol Museum, an ultramodern tribute to the founder of pop art. The most comprehensive single artist museum in the world houses more than 4,000 works of art, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, films, and videos, from this native Pittsburgh artist. While dedicated to Andy Warhol, the museum also hosts rotating exhibits by artists who push the boundaries of art, just as Warhol did.
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Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History

The Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History combine two world renowned museums in one unforgettable visit. Same day admission to both museums provides a wide variety of things to explore, and many sections include hands-on activities where children are encouraged to touch as well as look. Enjoy one of the best dinosaur exhibits in the world, breathtaking gems and minerals, an extensive Native American gallery, plus the museum ranked by Child Magazine among the “10 Best Art Museums for Kids.”
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The Mattress Factory

Get into art – literally! The beds are gone, and this former mattress factory is now home to a one-of-a-kind arts experience. The Mattress Factory museum of contemporary art is the best facility for installation art in the United States, all created by in-residence artists. The avant-garde art is sometimes a bit bewildering, but always fun.
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