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Arts & Museums
The Zelienople region of the Butler County is endowed with one of the prime historical structures in the form of the Passavant House. The house stands on a land area of less than one acre. Its construction dates back to the year 1809. The two and a half story building is predominantly a house built by utilzing brick elements. Presently, the house serves adequately as a museum, library as well as the headquarters for the Zelienople Historical Society. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Get a glimpse of 19th century Pennsylvania. This oddball of a museum consist of five acres of land in the Hampton Township, on which are constructed an old pilgrim log cabin, a single room schoolhouse from the 1800s, and a pioneer-day blacksmith shop. A wagon house, complete with tools and a Conestoga wagon itself, is also open to exploration. Wander through the on-site herb-and-dye garden or walk into the adjoining building to participate in one of the various programmes organized there. While at it, you can glean nuggets of information from a costumed guide, as you tour this site which seems to be stuck in history.
This "Best Local History Museum Award" winning institution is perched firmly at the renovated site of a 90-year-old freight station. The exhibits, paintings, artifacts and photographs displayed here reflect the shaping of the local community. A 40-foot high mural wall is covered with breath-taking works. An annual rotating exhibit puts the spotlight on each of its treasures, thus educating visitors of its significance. Memorial Day, Garrison Day and the Fourth of July witness special celebrations, parades and sales organized by the museum. A walking tour is also conducted, which covers a few major historic buildings in the area. Famous local personalities also get sections devoted to them, with memorabilia specific to their work and lives. Though admission is free, donations are welcome. Check the website for details.
Located approximately 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Pittsburgh, in O'Hara Township, the Bayernhof Music Museum features many popular as well as rare musical instruments from the 19th and 20th Centuries. Apart from this, it also displays various ephemera and artifacts related to music. The museum is housed within an old German mansion that overlooks the Allegheny River. Open all week, the Bayernhof Museum makes for an interesting visit.
Located at Butler Street, Framery is a gallery boasting of a collection that spreads across 800 square feet. Timely art exhibitions are hosted by the gallery to keep Pittsburgh art lovers posted on the latest development in the field. Aside from selling the art on show, Framery also helps you provide your favorite pictures in life a permanent place on the walls by exquisitely framing them, personifying those memories with ever lasting class.
At the Mattress Factory, individuals are encouraged to delve into the exhibits displayed. This museum of modern art has assembled large scale artworks, nearly big enough to fill a room, that involve participation of all the senses. The exhibits are highly creative and engaging, with a lot of innovation and experimentation in every display. The museum encourages its visitors to journey with the artists and through the exhibits with daily tours.
Curators Ken Stowell and Christina Gillespie are chief contributors to BluBrix. Sharing a common passion for photography, their works are on show at this 39th Street store adjacent to the Allegheny River. Along with photography works from their tours home and abroad, there are also paintings having rich amounts of acrylic in them. Combining the acrylic paintings and photography are some mixed media artwork too. Christina Gillespie also has a variety of manipulation photography on show. There is also an option to buy the exhibits through various payment methods. The gallery is open by appointment only, so do call before visiting.
The Pittsburgh Children's Museum is filled with interactive and imaginative exhibits, which will keep kids busy for hours. Fans of "Mister Roger's Neighborhood" on PBS will find several of his "friends" in a puppet exhibit, as well as some of Jim Henson's creations. The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. Admission is USD13 for adults, USD12 for children aged 2-18 and free for children under 2.
Photo Antiquities is a small museum dedicated to exploring the history of photography. The walls are filled with images from the camera's earliest days. The collection includes daguerreotypes, Magic Lantern slides, albumen-coated plates and 3-D pictures. One room houses images from Pittsburgh's early days. The museum is easy to overlook, as it is located on the second floor above Bernie's Camera Shop, but this is one spot you won't want to miss.
Curator Duane Rider has spent a major part of his life collecting Roberto Clemente memorabilia. Once his ever-expanding collection couldn't find any more room in his house, he decided to make it public through the Roberto Clemente Museum. The museum, aided by the support of Roberto Clemente's wife Vera Clemente, has a complete collection of photographs (Duane Rider was a commercial photographer himself), balls, statues, caps and jerseys, all forming an integral part of Roberto Clemente's baseball career. Having loved and vowed Pittsburgh natives for 12 years through his performances for the Pirates, the museum hopes to preserve his memories, which in turn last forever. The museum is open by appointment only.
Located within the Carnegie Science Center, the Sports Work Center strives to inspire life-long learning about sports and the science behind it. Three thematic areas offer interactive experiences for visitors, including learning the benefits of an active lifestyle, scaling a rock wall and perfecting your fast pitch. The center is perfect for every age level and offers a fascinating perspective on the world of sports.
The Carnegie Science Center is one of the four Carnegie museums of Pittsburgh. It houses a world-class planetarium, a huge aquarium, the OMNIMAX theater and three demonstration theaters where live shows take place. This learning and entertainment hub is the perfect place to take children for a fun-filled day out. Spread across five floors of educational space, it serves as an interactive amusement park for children of all ages. Tickets can be bought at the center or online. Check the website for more details.