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Arts & Museums
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust operates the Wood Street Galleries. The gallery is dedicated to bringing innovative, contemporary art to Pittsburgh. Much of the work on display is from national touring shows. The featured media ranges from video art to multimedia. Each show is usually on exhibit for about two months giving Pittsburghers is ample opportunity to catch the latest show. The gallery is located in a triangle-shaped building above a downtown subway station. See website for exhibition schedule and more.
The convergence of three rivers that make up Pittsburgh became a hotly contested site in the 1750s during the French and Indian War. The blockhouse that stands on the site of the ruined Forts Duquesne and Pitt was built in 1764, and is the only portion of the forts left standing. Part of Fort Pitt was reconstructed for a museum and provides an interesting look at life during the 18th Century in an unsettled land.
This building, which was once comprised of a set of commercial businesses, has been renovated to house the downtown branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, as well as the Library Center of Point Park College. The magnificent architecture inside the building makes it worth a trip on its own. Marble stairways and statues flank the walls, while stained glass casts a pleasant light on the library's extensive collections.
Located at Liberty Avenue, Space Art Gallery tries to bring art lovers around Downtown Pittsburgh together. Some of the best Aboriginal art in the city can be found at Space Art Gallery. Providing impetus to artists from native Pittsburgh and outside, the gallery showcases both photographic and drawing on canvases alike. Since 2004, events organized by Space have been extremely well received. Check website for timely events.
The Watercolors Gallery specializes in the medium for which it was named: watercolor. Much exhibited artwork is water-based paint on paper, but other media are available as well. The artists are from the tri-state area, although many are nationally known. As part of its mission to help grow the local arts community, the gallery does not accept commissions, so prices are lower than at other galleries. See website for calendar of events, workshop and membership info, and current show details.
Cartoons will never go out of style, at least in the city of Pittsburgh as long as the ToonSeum exists. This eclectic community museum focuses on showcasing original cartoons by local as well as well-known artists. Exhibit subjects have ranged from well-known comic strips like Dilbert to beloved cartoons like the Care Bears. Also featured here are a range of workshops and events that are held throughout the year.
On display at the Andy Warhol Museum is his personal collection on human themes. Warhol's paintings of Marilyn, Elvis and Liz on enlarged pieces of newspaper are American style icons. His 'Silver clouds', which was also included in a dance piece can be found on the 4th floor. Andy Warhol films can be found playing in one of the gallery wings, accompanied by other films that conceptualize his work. The entire collection on death and disaster, created in 1962, is also display. The cafe and store are open during museum hours and can be accessed without entering the museum.
The Senator John Heinz History Center is the largest museum and research center in Pennsylvania. The architecture of the building is steeped in history with memorabilia all over the museum walls. The Library & Archives section feature a specially collected section of historical annals and records. Founded in 1884, the center has been preserved and maintained by the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania and has a number of prestigious awards to its credit. The center also features the vast Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Museum of rural life which is involved with archaeological researches as well as a Sports Museum. You can also use the facility for hosting private gatherings, wedding receptions and trade shows alike.
The Senator John Heinz History Center used to formerly be the Chautauqua Lake Ice Company building until it completely refurbished into a stately 7-story building which houses poignant reminders of America's sinewy industrial workers. Interactive exhibits and simulations such as the 1940s Pittsburgh trolley are as exciting as stories of the migrants who built America. Check website for more details on the permanent exhibits and upcoming exhibitions.
The Carnegie Science Center is one of the four Carnegie museums of Pittsburgh. It houses a world-class planetarium, a huge aquarium, the OMNIMAX cine 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.
Silver Eye Center for Photography is the region's premier nonprofit dedicated to presenting and promoting the art of photography. Silver Eye presents 10 exhibitions per year by emerging and established photographers from the region and from across the country as well as work by iconic figures such as Ansel Adams, William Wegman, and many others. Classes, tours, trips, special member receptions and other education programs and special events are offered year-round. Tours can be arranged by special appointment. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $6 for adults.