Sure, Pittsburgh has some pretty incredible traditional museums for you to take advantage of. Each will easily give you a full day’s entertainment for your entire family. The Carnegie Museum of Art will have you staring at beauty all day long, while the Carnegie Museum of History will even keep the kiddos interested and engaged. Speaking of the little ones, don’t miss out on the Children’s Museum or the Carnegie Science Center, both of which will dazzle even you big kids.
What I want to turn your attention to are the pretty significantly cool and otherwise possibly lesser known coolio museums in the ‘Burgh you absolutely do not want to miss. Each has its own style, story, and eclectic culture that will have you coming back again and again.
1. The Andy Warhol Museum: the official museum showcasing the original works of the legend that is Andy Warhol.
2. The Mattress Factory Museum: the name might throw you off, but the experience will tickle all your fancies. This place has some of the most interesting modern and contemporary art your eyes can take.
3. Heinz History Center: a fantastic way to spend a day and learning about Pittsburgh’s rich, regional history.
4. Fort Pitt Museum: another fantastic way to spend some time learning all about the actual location of Pittsburgh’s birthplace.
5. Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning: each room is dedicated to one country’s culture and each of those rooms is designed specifically to show how the history of each culture’s classroom. It’s truly fascinating and worth the time!
6. Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum: a stunning dedication to our veterans of all branches of service. You will not walk away disappointed.
7. The USS Requin: a fun way to get a glimpse into the past of a sailor and taking in life at sea.
8. Bicycle Heaven: not only is this the world’s largest bike museum, it’s also a bike shop! Come in and take a gander of antique and new bikes all while getting your own bicycle a tune-up.
9. Randyland: the strangest, yet most interesting candy for the eyes. Randyland is a place that takes time because at every turn there is something totally unexpected and curious to take in. If you get a chance to meet Randy you will completely understand why this colorful and upbeat landmark exists!
10. The Bayernhof: a little hidden gem here in the ‘Burgh, this once-home-now-museum will delight you with its history, hidden treasures and collection of some of the world’s most beautiful automated music boxes. Don’t let that last part fool you; this house was owned by a man that loved sharing his love for his home and life and his mansion is now a curious way to take in some sights you won’t want to miss.
11. The Photo Antiquities Museum: if you’re a fan of history and photography this museum is a absolute must-see. This museum takes pride in preserving history through the lens and I promise you’ll find yourself staring for hours just trying to take it all in.
Whoever said museums were boring clearly didn’t take the time to cruise through some of Pittsburgh’s most interesting, off the map museums. Every single one is a delight to the senses, and a few even serve alcohol. WOOT!
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