Despite its Steel Town moniker, Pittsburgh is a city that knows its way around good art. Thanks to its acclaimed group of performing arts organizations and many galleries with renowned collections, travelers will find no shortage of cultural offerings, including the following three attractions that focus on visual arts:
The Andy Warhol Museum
The museum is the keeper of the pop icon and Pittsburgh native’s life and work—from the art he created as a student in the 1940s through his more progressive works in the 1980s. Four floors are dedicated to a rotating selection of paintings and photographs, and one floor includes permanent gallery with his films and videos.
Featured works: In addition to Warhol’s colorful celebrity portraits, the museum has 60 of his feature films and 200 screen tests available for viewing.
The Carnegie Museum of Art
Founded in 1895, the Carnegie Museum of Art offers a look at modern and contemporary art. The attraction has more than 32,000 objects in its permanent collection including paintings, decorative arts, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and other works of visual art from the 19th century to today.
Featured works: The museum contains more than 70,000 negatives of legendary local photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris.
The Frick Pittsburgh
This multifaceted attraction includes museums and historical buildings that preserve the legacy of businessman and art collector Henry Clay Frick. During a visit, groups can tour the Frick Art Museum, the family’s 19th-century Victorian mansion, 5.5 acres of gardens, and a rebuilt version of their greenhouse.
Featured works: The on-site Car and Carriage Museum includes vintage vehicles dating back to the late 1800s.
Top photo: The Andy Warhol Museum
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Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum