Senator John Heinz History Center
The History Center will serve as one of just four museums – and the only one east of the Mississippi River – to host, Destination Moon: Apollo 11 Mission, a blockbuster traveling exhibition through February 18. Dozens of artifacts from the Apollo 11 mission will be on display, the exhibition’s centerpiece is the Command Module Columbia – the only portion of the historic spacecraft to complete the first mission to land a man on the moon and safely return him to Earth.
Carnegie Museum of Art
The Carnegie International, the world’s oldest and most prestigious exhibition of contemporary art, returns to Pittsburgh through March 25. This 57th edition considers what it means to travel and cross borders, saturating the museum with works by more than 30 artists from around the world. The exhibition embraces the experience of wandering, and gives visitors the tools to chart their own pathways while using a guidebook styled on the classic Baedeker’s travel guides. Though the International changes its feel through each of its four to five year intervals, it remains a top destination for art-curious travelers.
Carnegie Science Center
The Carnegie Science Center is going back to the roots of what it means to be an inventor, observer and artist as they honor the original Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci The Exhibition features more than 60 fully built, life-size inventions, 20 fine art exhibits and dozens of stunning displays that examine da Vinci’s discoveries in art, engineering, flight, hydraulics, music, light and more. His most famous works including the “Mona Lisa,” “Last Supper” and “Vitruvian Man” are just the beginning; da Vinci left behind 7,000 pages of notes filled with ideas that would ultimately change the world of arts and sciences as it were. Explore the mind of a genius, a man who was ahead of his time, at this epic exhibition open for a limited time in Pittsburgh. Da Vinci The Exhibition opens Saturday, February 16 at Carnegie Science Center’s PPG Science Pavilion and runs through Monday, September 2.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is always finding ways to think outside the box, and Museum Lab will be a perfect way to do just that! The creative space, where youth 10 and older can create one-of-a-kind installations, will be housed in the North Side’s former Carnegie Free Library, originally built in 1890. With the creation of Museum Lab, the largest cultural campus for families in the U.S. will be located right here in Pittsburgh. Look for the grand opening in April 2019.
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has invented a new way to celebrate the imaginative, humorous and inventive Pulitzer Prize winner, Rube Goldberg. Rube Goldberg: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit showcases a series of contraptions that visitors can activate and create crazy chain-reactions. Each design, such as “A Simple Way to Sharpen a Pencil” or “Self-Operating Napkin Machine,” uses everyday objects to complete simple tasks in the most overcomplicated ways possible. Participants will learn about the six simple machines, open their minds, and experience the value – and joy! – of thinking outside the box. The exhibit runs through May 5.
The Andy Warhol Museum
Youth Invasion at the Warhol Museum. From April 5-20, get ready to see the Warhol Museum through the lens of a teenager. Throughout the Youth Invasion program, young artists and performers will be featured at the museum, presenting their take on Warhol’s iconic art.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Experience Carnegie Museum of Natural History come to life with extraordinary reptiles from around the world. Reptiles: Live! is a unique opportunity to admire colorful lizards, turtles, snakes and crocodilians in nineteen living dioramas. The whole family can engage in hands-on activities to learn more about these unique creatures and where they come from. Climb on a full-scale replica of a Galapagos Tortoise Shell, see the difference between an alligator and a crocodile, touch real reptile skins, and more. These scaly critters will be in Pittsburgh until May 12.
Kennywood Amusement Park
Pittsburgh’s historic amusement park, Kennywood, boosts 80 acres of family fun. From roller coasters to water rides, this park has something for everyone. The newest addition to the park pays homage to the city’s relationship with football and their beloved Pittsburgh Steelers. Steelers Country is set to include a restaurant entitled the End Zone Café, as well as a brand new rollercoaster. The Steel Curtain will make its debut as the tallest rollercoaster in Pennsylvania this summer. In addition, the attraction will thrill riders with its nine inversions and record speeds of 75 miles per hour.