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Arts & Museums
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.
The James Gallery provides a wonderful backdrop for art, with large windows on three sides of the gallery. For 25 years, the gallery has been home to many contemporary artists. The work is mostly modern, with an occasional ceramic piece or African artifact thrown into the mix. The gallery has exclusive contracts with several French artists, and it also does framing for several museums. The owner will also consult on corporate art placement. See website for artist and owner bios and more.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.