Obscure Pittsburgh

Obscure Pittsburgh

Explore the off-the-beaten path and uncover the obscure side of Pittsburgh.

From outdoor adventures to arts and culture to gripping sports events, Pittsburgh has so much to offer visitors. And, for those looking to leave no stone unturned, prepare for the unexpected, because in Pittsburgh, there’s even more than one can imagine! 

Dr. Tumblety’s Apothecary and Tasting Lounge 

Step back in time to the Victorian and Prohibition eras at Dr. Tumblety’s specialty store. Located in Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood, this retail shop features trinkets, hats, fragrances, cosmetics, novelties, curiosities and more. Follow Dr. Tumblety’s on Facebook and Instagram for updates on store and tasting lounge hours. Can’t make it in-person? Check out their online store for shipments right to your door. 

Bayernoff Museum

An extremely unique, 19,000-square-foot space, the Bayernoff Museum houses a world-class collection of music boxes, antique automatic music machines and a number of other fascinating items. And, the building itself provides guests with an enjoyable experience as they pass from one unbelievable room to another, at times through hidden doors and secret passageways.

Trundle Manor

Self-described as a “tourist trap based on the eternal need to show off the unusual,” Trundle Manor is a must-stop destination on your obscure adventure. Featuring a private collection of weird things and vintage taxidermy, and specializing in “dead things in jars,” the space is an artists’ residence and museum. 

The Zenith

Housed in an old factory in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood, The Zenith is the city’s oldest vegan restaurant. Sharing its space with an eclectic store filled with antiques, vintage clothing and jewelry, kitschy bric-a-brac, and a touch of the bazaar with various installations interspersed throughout the business, the restaurant is certainly a one-of-a-kind experience. Even the tables and chairs you sit on are for sale! An all-inclusive, family-style environment hosting a wide array of events from music and poetry, art shows, and photo and film shoots, The Zenith prides itself on encouraging and showcasing the many talents Pittsburgh has to offer. 

St. Anthony's Chapel

Did you know that Pittsburgh is home to the second largest collection of relics just behind the Vatican itself? St. Anthony's Chapel may look like an average church from the outside, but when you enter, you will be in the presence of over 5,000 holy relics. The collection and history behind it are breathtaking.

Gravity Hill

Located in McCandless Township right outside of Pittsburgh, there is a mysterious road that defies gravity. When you get to the top of Kummer Road, put your car in neutral and prepare to get spooked. Instead of your car rolling backward down the hill, your car will start to move forward up the hill. Is it gravity-defying or could there be other forces involved? Take a drive and see for yourself! 

Blue Mist Road

While you're in the McCandless area exploring Gravity Hill, you can also stop by the haunted Blue Mist Road. When the sun sets, the road becomes shrouded in a blue mist that local lure says is paranormal. This road has a spooky tale, and you're sure to get an eerie feeling even via a simple drive-by.  

Western Penitentiary

At the end of one Pittsburgh’s many bike trails sits Western Penitentiary, an abandoned state correctional facility. Built in 1826, the facility was in use up until 2017 when it eventually closed its doors. Today, the stone-walled building looks like it belongs in a horror film with the old guard towers and sharp pronged fences.

Allegheny Cemetery Tour

Continuing on the spooky adventures, be sure to take a walk or a guided tour through the historic Allegheny Cemetery. Featuring 300 acres of vibrant urban forest, stories of notable persons and families at rest and stunning memorial statues, Pittsburgh’s largest and oldest cemetery is a must on any obscure adventure. 

Photo Credit: Allegheny Cemetery Facebook Page