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3401 Blvd of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 683-6100
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Arts & Museums
This museum highlights the glorious achievements, courage and sacrifice of the nation's soldiers and sailors. It is the largest museum in the country showcasing great deeds of the men and women in uniform. It hosts receptions and conferences on patriotic themes, and also has regular events, such as the annual POW-MIA vigil of Vietnam Veterans, and Memorial Day celebrations. The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall also offers field trips to historical sites of the civil war, scout leadership workshops, and educational programs, wherein their speakers visit a school and give lectures on any war involving the US.
This excellent museum rivals similar institutions in larger cities like New York and London, thanks to the vast Carnegie fortune. The museum makes for a great day out with the kids, and the surrounding area also offers many attractions. Exhibits have included displays on the Amazon rainforest, ancient Egypt, African and North American wildlife and, the perennial favorite for kids as well as adults, dinosaurs.
Industrialist Andrew Carnegie left many gifts for the residents of Pittsburgh. One of those is the Carnegie Museum of Art. Built between 1891 and 1895, the Renaissance-style building houses the city's largest collection of art. Carnegie was determined to mix old masterpieces with contemporary work, or what he once deemed "the old masters of tomorrow". Classes and tours are available, as are special programs for children. Admission includes the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Check website for details.
The Zenith Gallery has grown tremendously over the years. It began as a small antique shop in a residential neighborhood. Soon, the owners opened a side room to exhibit artwork in a variety of media. Before long performance artists, such as spoken-word artist Lydia Lunch, were performing in the gallery. Finally the owners added a Tea Room, which serves an extensive collection of teas as well as vegetarian dishes for lunch and dinner. Local and national artists display their work on the gallery walls, while performances are put forth by local bands, cabaret acts and touring musicians.
The fine art on display at the La Fond Galleries in Downtown Pittsburgh has made many take notice. The gallery features works of over 15 artists. Ensuring that there are always enough paintings to marvel at, the collection undergoes timely updates. The artists displayed here have their works scattered not only around America but across the seven seas all the same. From vast horizons to complex color combinations, it wouldn't be long before a visit is on the cards, or a re-visit for that matter.
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. Donations are suggested.
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.
The Senator John Heinz History Center is housed in the former Chautauqua Lake Ice Company building. It was completely refurbished into a stately 7-story building, which houses poignant reminders of America's 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 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.
Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery devotes its space solely to work made of glass. The work by various artists ranges from functional pieces such as goblets to jewelry to sculpture. The exhibits rotate every eight to 10 weeks and feature local and national artists such as Kathleen Mulcahy and Jeff Goodman.
The Gallery in the Square offers an eclectic mix of contemporary art. The space is mostly dedicated to local artists who fill the space with exhibits in a variety of media. Exhibits change every six weeks. Owner and artist Liz Reed also provides custom framing. Patrons can order posters and prints from catalogs. Visitors to the Gallery in the Square should note, although the address is Ellsworth Avenue, the entrance is actually on College Avenue. See website for schedule, online galleries, and custom framing info.
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.