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Museums are a mainstay of any city’s cultural scene, and Pittsburgh is no exception. No matter your niche or budget, Pittsburgh has you covered. But with so many options, it can feel overwhelming. Which museum costs the least? Which museum will adequately tickle my itch for preshistoric critters or modern art installations? If these are the questions that keep you up at night, know that you are not alone! Our Pittsburgh museum guide breaks down the best museums in the city so you can find one that will quench your thirst for knowledge. We’ve listed each museum in Pittsburgh alphabetically with an overview of what they offer, when they’re open, and how much they cost to visit.

  • American Jewish Museum
    5738 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15217Admission: FreeAmerican Jewish Museum Pittsburgh

    Located in the Squirrel Hill Jewish Community Center, the American Jewish Museum is dedicated to hosting traveling exhibits that explore the modern Jewish experience. While not home to any permanent exhibitions, the museum strikes a remarkable balance between locally-focused programming, and national and international collaborative efforts. They also work to include projects that facilitate interfaith dialogue and cooperation. Check out their website here: http://www.jccpgh.org/page/ajm

  • Andy Warhol Museum
    117 Sandusky Street,
    Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5890Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh

    Admission: $20 (Adults), $10 (Students and Children 3-18)

    The first Carnegie Museum on our Pittsburgh museum guide, and the only one in the city to not bear his name, this is the largest museum in America dedicated to one artist. If you have a fever for which the only prescription is pop-art, skip the doctor and head here instead. With 7 stories, 17 galleries, and over 12,000 works, we guarantee that you’ll get your fix. For more information, visit: http://www.warhol.org/

  • Bayernhof Museum
    225 St. Charles Place
    Pittsburgh, PA 15215Admission: $10

    Housed in a beautiful German-style mansion just outside of Pittsburgh’s downtown, the Bayernhof Museum is dedicated to the automated musical instruments and boxes of the 19th and 20th centuries. Those looking for a vintage music fix are unlikely to leave Bayernhof unsatisfied. Although the museum is focused on the instruments, the house is almost worth a visit by itself, featuring indoor waterfalls and a dramatic view of the surrounding area. Bayernhof is only available by pre-arranged appointment, so make sure to call well in advance. To find more info, browse their site here: http://www.bayernhofmuseum.com/

  • Carnegie Museum of Art
    4400 Forbes Ave
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213Carnegie Museum Art Pittsburgh Admission: $17.95 (Adults), $14.95 (Seniors, 65+), $11.95 (Students and Children 3-18), Free (Children under 3)

    Not to be outdone by its neighbor, the highly-touted Carnegie Museum of Natural History (see below), the museum boasts an outstanding collection of art in a wide variety of mediums. The Halls of Architecture and Sculpture hold the largest collection of classical plastic casts in the country, while the Teenie Harris Archives provide us with one of the most extensive look at urban black photography in the world. Connoisseurs of fine art, sculpture, and film will also find exhibits to tickle their fancy. Visit their website for more information: http://www.cmoa.org/collection/

  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History
    4400 Forbes Ave
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213Admission:  Same as Carnegie Museum of Art (see above)

    Carnegie Museum Pittsburgh If you’re more into amethyst than art, don’t sweat, because admission to the Carnegie Museum of Art includes access to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History as well. Counted among the best natural history museums in the country, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History is known primarily for holding one of the largest dinosaur collections in the world, including several full skeletons. However, it also has other exhibits centered on disciplines such as anthropology, botany, and mineralogy that help show off its 22 million specimen collection. With millions of years of history to choose from, you’re bound to find something interesting.   For more information, check out their website: http://www.carnegiemnh.org/

  • Carnegie Science Center
    1 Allegheny Ave
    Pittsburgh, PA 15212Admission: $18.95 (Adults), $11.95 (Children 3-12)

    If you’ve been paying attention, you might notice a pattern: Andrew Carnegie was very generous to the city of Pittsburgh. Located away from its Oakland siblings, Carnegie Science Center has a lot to offer. Want to go inside an authentic Cold War-era submarine? Check out the USS Requin, docked right next door. Interested in becoming an astronaut for a day? Spacewalk through their 2-story replica of the International Space Station. Need to unwind with a movie? Catch a flick at their Omnimax Theater, featuring the largest screen in Pittsburgh. For more details, head to: http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/

  • Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
    10 Children’s Way
    Pittsburgh, PA 15212Admission: $14 (Adults), $13 (Seniors and Children 2 – 18), Free (Children under 2)

    Got kids? Good. We’ve got a museum. An award-winning one at that. The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh focuses on hands-on learning for all ages with a variety of activities, from gardening to theater. And if you grew up with a certain Mr. Rogers, the Fred Rogers & Us exhibit will unleash a wave of nostalgia while exposing the younger generation to his incredible work. There are new offerings throughout the year, so you’ll never run out of stuff to explore with your children. More information can be found here: https://pittsburghkids.org/

  • The Clemente Museum
    3339 Penn Ave
    Pittsburgh, PA 15201Admission: $20 (Adults), $10 (Children)

    Dedicated to Pirates player Roberto Clemente, the Clemente Museum features the world’s largest collection of memorabilia related to the baseball legend and noted humanitarian. With thousands of pieces of memorabilia, from the home plate used in the 1971 World Series to family photographs, the exhibits give you a sense of Clemente’s awe-inspiring career, as well as his generous philanthropic efforts. The museum is not open daily and tours must be scheduled by appointment. For more information, please visit: http://www.clementemuseum.com/

  • Fort Pitt Museum
    601 Commonwealth Pl
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222Fort Pitt Museum Pittsburgh

    Admission: $6 (Adults), $5 (Senior Citizens 62+), $3 (Students, Retired & Active Duty Military, Children 6-17), Free (Children under 5)

    The Senator John Heinz History Center, which appears later our Pittsburgh museums guide, runs the Fort Pitt Museum, located in Point State Park. This museum highlights the role of Fort Pitt during the French & Indian War, American Revolution, and early days of our republic through a living history program. Get up close and personal with a working replica of a British six-pounder or watch carpenters turn logs into lumber, 18th century style. If you’ve purchased tickets to the History Center, you can get half-off admission to Fort Pitt on the same day. For more info: http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/fort-pitt/

  • Frick Art & Historical Center
    7227 Reynolds St
    Pittsburgh, PA 15208Admission: Free

    Known as “The Frick,” the Frick Art & Historical Center is dedicated to the memory of Henry Clay Frick, the famous industrialist. His daughter Helen wanted the estate to be preserved and opened to the public after her death so the city could enjoy the art collection and grounds of Clayton, the main Italianate-style house. Since her death, The Frick has grown to include the Car and Carriage Museum, which exhibits the Frick family’s extensive collection of automobiles. There is also a Victorian-style greenhouse which grows vegetables used in the award-winning on-site café. For more information, please visit: http://www.thefrickpittsburgh.org/

  • Mattress Factory
    500 Sampsonia Way
    Pittsburgh, PA 15212Mattress Factory Museum Pittsburgh

    Admission: $20 (Adult), $15 (Seniors 62+), $15 (Students)

    The Mattress Factory does not, contrary to its name, manufacture mattresses. It’s actually a multi-property facility dedicated to cutting-edge contemporary art. Founded in 1977 to help artists in residence, the Mattress Factory specializes  in site-specific installations and pushing the limits of modern art. And since exhibits change often, there’s almost always something new to see. Head to their website for more info here: http://www.mattress.org/

  • Phipps Conservatory
    1 Schenley Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213Admission: $15 (Adult), $14 (Seniors and Students), $11 (Children 2-18), Free (Children under 2) Phipps Conservatory Museum Pittsburgh

    Named for Henry Phipps, a childhood friend of Andrew Carnegie and quite the industrialist himself, Phipps Conservatory is one of the most unique attractions on our Pittsburgh museum guide. Not only is it host to a wide variety of breathtaking and seasonally-changing gardens, but its main glasshouse is one of the finest examples of Victorian greenhouse architecture in the country. Phipps Conservatory was also named one of the greenest facilities in the world, and is internationally recognized as being on the cutting edge of sustainable design. To schedule a visit, please visit their site: https://phipps.conservatory.org/

  • Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History
    531 E Ohio St.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15212Admission: $10 (Adult), $8 (Students and Seniors 65+), Free (Children under 12)

    Although high resolution digital photographs are available at the press of a smartphone button, it wasn’t always so. The Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History chronicles how we got there, starting with the early 19th century daguerreotypes, the first commercially viable form of photography. With a collection highlighting everything from eerie Victorian mug shots to distinguished portraits of Native Americans and Civil War generals, the museum captures an interesting snapshot (see what we did there?) of our photographic heritage. To see more information, check out their site here: http://www.photoantiquities.org/

  • Senator John Heinz History Center
    1212 Smallman St.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222Admission: $15 (Adults), $13 (Seniors 62+), $6 (Students, Retired & Active Duty Military, Children 6-17), Free (Children under 5)

    The Senator John Heinz History Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, with an emphasis on the western side of the state. Inside the 6 story complex, you’ll find topics ranging from Pittsburgh’s history of innovation to the life of the center’s namesake, Senator John Heinz. On the second and third floors, you’ll find the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, a museum-within-a-museum dedicated to the region’s insatiable love of sports. If you’re still hungry for knowledge, the Detre Library & Archives on the sixth floor should have you covered, with over 250 years of history in its collection. http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/

  • Society for Contemporary Craft
    2100 Smallman St.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222Admission: Free

    The Society for Contemporary Craft, or SCC for short, displays non-mainstream and multicultural art in a mind-boggling variety of mediums. Throughout its 44 year history, SCC has sought to transform the art scene of the city by featuring an impressive roster of local, national, and international artists working with everything you could think to transform into art. They also offer outreach programs for at-risk youth, homeless shelters, and assisted-living senior citizens, earning them recognition for their community efforts. Check out their website here: http://www.contemporarycraft.org/

  • Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum
    4141 Fifth Ave
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213Admission: $10 (Adults), $5 (Seniors 55+ and Children 5-13), Free (Retired & Active Duty Military, Guard and Reserve Members, Families and Guests with Deployed Immediate Family Member)Soldiers and Sailors Museum Pittsburgh

    Soldiers & Sailors is America’s only memorial dedicated to military members from every branch and capacity, and features an impressive exhibition of military artifacts from the American Civil War to today.  From the cartoon characters who went to war in the 40’s to uniforms from each branch and era, the museum presents a fascinating look at American military history and technology, as well as the effects conflict has had on our society. Visit their website here for more information: http://soldiersandsailorshall.org/

  • The Toonseum
    945 Liberty AveToonseum Pittsburgh Museum
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222Admission: $8 (Adults), $4 (Children 6-13), Free (Children under 6)

    One of only three museums in the country focused on cartoons, the Toonseum offers a mature look at the underappreciated art of cartooning. Although the museum is small, pop-up animation exhibits every month keep the programming fresh and interesting. Featured subjects have included Looney Toons, Gertie the Dinosaur, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We can’t argue with that line-up. For more information, please visit: http://www.toonseum.org/

  • Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum
    5507 Lakeside Dr.
    Gibsonia, PA 15044Admission: Suggested Donations: $6 (Adults), $4 (Children under 12)

    If trains are your thing, this is your museum. The Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum is dedicated to bringing you the history of Western Pennsylvania railroads in miniature form, with an impressive representation of the tracks between Pittsburgh and Cumberland, Maryland as the centerpiece. In addition to serving as a hub for railroad model hobbyists, the museum also boasts authentic railroad items from the turn of the 20th century. They’re volunteer-run and open only for a part of the year, so make sure to check out their website before you plan your visit: http://wpmrm.org/

     

About Adam Packard

Adam Packard has been a marketing professional for over 10 years. During that span he has spent time in the gaming, racing, entertainment and real estate industries. Outside of the office, he enjoys all types of sports, including basketball, baseball, golf & harness racing. He resides in Moon Township, with his wife Jackie and two sons Nicholas & Jacob.