Pittsburgh is a remarkably beautiful city to marvel at. Not just one or two, but three, rivers flow through the city with downtown being surrounded on three sides by them. Many bridges cross the rivers within Pittsburgh. The city also contain sections with steep slopes. All of this help to make for a pretty Pittsburgh scenery.
The Pennsylvania city is packed with plenty to do. One of the things to do in Pittsburgh, PA is the world-class Carnegie group of museums.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is located on Forbes Avenue in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. It is located in a landmark building known as the Carnegie Institute and Library which is designed in the Beaux Arts architectural style. The museum is dedicated to explore the natural history of our planet. This museum is among the top five natural history museums in the US.
The museum is noted for its large collection of Jurassic dinosaurs. In fact, the museum is home to the largest collection of Jurassic dinosaurs in the world. It is worth noting that most of the dinosaur skeletons showcased at the museum are actual ones, not replicas. A few of them include Apatosaurus louisae, Diplodocus carnegii, and T-Rex.
All of the dinosaur skeletons are found in the exhibit called Dinosaurs in Their Time. In addition to this exhibit, there are currently 17 other exhibits for you to check out at the museum. These cover other aspects of the Earth’s natural history from African wildlife to polar environments and from gems and jewelry to dinosaur-era sea creatures.
The admission prices for this museum are $19.95 for adults, $14.95 for seniors, and $11.95 for students and those aged from 3 to 18. Free admission is given to those aged under 3. It is also worth noting that the passes will also grant you admission to the Carnegie Museum of Art which I will get into in a moment. You can go here to buy your passes.
Carnegie Museum of Art
The Carnegie Museum of Art is located in the same landmark building as the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. So, there is no need for you to leave the building just yet. The museum is primarily focused on contemporary art. This museum was established in 1895 and as such, it is believed to be the first museum for contemporary art in the United States.
Even though this museum is primarily concerned with contemporary art, this doesn’t mean there aren’t other kinds of art on display at the museum. You can find works of 19th century American art. There are also displays of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings at the museum as are works of European and American decorative arts from the 17th century to the present.
The Heinz Architectural Center, which is part of this museum, houses architectural drawings and models. It is home to the largest collection of plaster casts of architectural masterpieces in the country. The architectural center contains the marble Hall of Sculpture which resembles the interior of the Parthenon.
Carnegie Science Center
The Carnegie Science Center is located across Allegheny Avenue from Heinz Field which is the home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. This museum is home to four floors of interactive exhibits. One place of note at the museum is the Buhl Planetarium. This is the place for you to explore the galaxy. One exciting way to do that is to take in the planetarium shows.
They are designed to make you feel like you are going on an outer space adventure. You will get to travel to at least a few places including the Moon, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto. Another place at the museum you will want to check out is called roboworld. This is the largest permanent exhibit in the world dedicated to robotics. You will be able to get up and personal with robots.
You will be able to get a sense for what the robots look like, how they think, and what they do. There are dozens of interactive exhibit stations within this exhibit. Oh and yes, you can even play against a robot in a game of air hockey. The general admission prices for the Carnegie Science Center are $19.95 for adults, $14.95 for seniors, and $11.95 for children aged 3 to 12.
Those who are aged under 3 will get free admission to the museum. You can go here to buy your tickets. If you get hungry, there is an onsite restaurant called RiverView Cafe. There is also an onsite gift store called XPLOR Store.
Andy Warhol Museum
The fourth and last Carnegie museum is the Andy Warhol Museum. It is located on Sandusky Street just north of downtown in Pittsburgh’s North Shore neighborhood. This is another one of the art museums under the Carnegie umbrella. This art museum is dedicated to a single artist, Andy Warhol. He was a famous artist who had a deep connection to Pittsburgh as he was born and raised there.
The art museum has seven floors housing 17 galleries in total. It contains 900 paintings, nearly 2,000 works on paper, over 1,000 published unique prints, 77 sculptures, 4,000 photos, and over 4,350 films and videotaped works. All of these artwork were done by Andy Warhol himself. In fact, this is the largest art museum in North American that is dedicated to a single artist.
The admission prices for this art museum are $20 for adults and $10 for students, seniors, and children aged from 3 to 18. There is free admission for those who are aged under 2. You can buy your tickets by going here. There is also an onsite restaurant called The Warhol Cafe, should you get hungry during your time there. Those of you looking for souvenirs can head to the onsite gift shop, The Warhol Store.
So, one of the things to do in Pittsburgh, PA is to visit these Carnegie museums. They are all worthy of your time.
If you are in search for a hotel to stay overnight at during your time in Pittsburgh, I am happy to help you out with this. Here are the two hotels I would suggest you to book your stay with.
Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown
This hotel is located on Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh. The hotel is housed in a historic building that once housed a branch of the Federal Reserve Bank. There is free breakfast available at the hotel. Should you get hungry, there is the onsite restaurant called 5:30 Kickback. Oh and haven’t I told you that you can also get a free popcorn and soda everyday in the hotel’s lobby?
The hotel houses an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub. There is also a fitness center available for you to use. Many of the hotel’s rooms offer a nice view of downtown Pittsburgh’s bustling streets. They all have WiFi, microwaves, coffee makers, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $136 to $259. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or view some photos.
Hampton Inn Pittsburgh/Monroeville
This hotel is located on Mosside Boulevard in the eastern Pittsburgh suburb of Monroeville which is about 14 miles east of Pittsburgh near the junction of Interstate 376 and Interstate 76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike). There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. If you get hungry, the hotel is connected to Outback Steakhouse.
There is an indoor heated swimming pool at the hotel. You can get your workouts at the hotel’s fitness center. All of the hotel’s rooms have WiFi and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $103 to $170. You can head here to browse your booking options and/or check out some photos.
What are your thoughts? Have you visited any of these Carnegie museums before? Feel free to drop a comment below.