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Lots of cool stuff happening here. These only-in-Pittsburgh stories are evergreen and ever interesting.
Carnegie Museum of Art
The Carnegie International, the world’s oldest and most prestigious exhibition of contemporary art, returns to Pittsburgh, October 12, 2018 through March 25, 2019. 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.
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, September 29, 2018 through February 18, 2019. 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.
The Frick Pittsburgh
The Frick houses a variety of museums and other historical spaces that showcase exquisite art artifacts of the Frick family. Its newest exhibit, debuting this fall, is entitled “Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper.” The collection explores historical costumes through contemporary paper sculpture, and has captivated audiences around the world with its extreme resemblance to the real life attire and amazing details.
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. In addition, the attraction will thrill riders with its nine inversions and record speeds of 75 miles per hour.
The National Aviary is the country’s only free-standing bird-zoo which houses more than 500 birds containing 150 species. One of its most popular spaces, the Tropical Rainforest, recently underwent a major renovation that provides new bird-friendly glass that helps sustain wildlife and plant life throughout the year, as well as waterfalls and tiered ponds, all designed to mimic a natural rainforest habitat. Several new species have been added to the space, as well as the Aviary’s long-time resident sloth.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has served as Pittsburgh’s premier botanical garden since opening in 1893. The center’s historic Palm Court room is currently undergoing renovations that will enhance both its beauty and functionality. It’s the signature architectural gem that guests first experience at Phipps and is inspired by breathtaking plants, floral displays, special exhibits and collections.
Point Park University Pittsburgh Playhouse
Point Park University makes even more of a home in Downtown Pittsburgh with the reopening of the Pittsburgh Playhouse, previously located in Oakland, now just minutes from the university’s campus. The new state-of-the-art venue will house three performance spaces that will showcase the university’s conservatory of performing arts productions, as well as a café and lounge space for both students and guests.
Carnegie Science Center
The Carnegie Science Center added several new exhibitions to the more than 200 interactive exhibits it houses in four floors of the main building and SportsWorks. From a Ropes Challenge that has two levels, one for young children (Sky Tykes) and one for more courageous visitors to the Rangos Giant Cinema equipped with the most technologically advanced cinema technology in the region that promises a truly immersive cinema experience – showing educational films and Hollywood blockbusters. In addition, the Science Center houses an expansive Miniature Railroad and Village, a cold-war era submarine and roboworld, the world’s largest permanent robot Hall of Fame
The newest addition includes the PPG Science Pavilion, a four-floor and 48,000-square-foot expansion. The pavilion’s main purpose is to make more space to introduce STEM education programs that will be available for, not only children, but teens and adults too. The pavilion will offer its spaces to touring exhibitions that are interested in coming to Pittsburgh. Reflecting the STEM education missions, the PPG Science Pavilion is built to LEED Gold certification standards.
The Galley Group
Smallman Galley, the brainchild of two U.S. Navy Lieutenants, Benjamin Mantica and Tyler Benson, began in Pittsburgh 2015 as a launch pad for the best new restaurant concepts in Pittsburgh. The Group provides the infrastructure for chefs to bring their concepts to market at low-risk and for low-cost. Chefs have access to one-on-one business strategy and professional mentorship, and even receive help securing financing and finding their next site in the city through exposure to Galley Group’s network of real estate developers and financiers.
To the public, Smallman Galley offers two full bars, a coffee and espresso bar, four innovative restaurants and 200 seats in their 6,000-square-foot space. The current class of chefs provide a wide range in cuisine covering everything from Detroit-style pizza and Vietnamese to American comfort food and an approachable take on fine dining.
Federal Galley, Smallman’s sister project, operates as a food hall, working to display some of Pittsburgh’s best culinary talent. Federal Galley is located at Nova Place – a 30-acre mixed-use campus in the heart of the North Side neighborhood. Federal Galley is an indoor/outdoor space with a bustling beer garden highlighting the 30+ breweries, both local and more exclusive brews, as well as four unique concepts.
Pittsburgh is all about the cutting-edge and you can see it in action at places such as the Carnegie Science Center and National Aviary, where learning experiences are enhanced with the most modern technology. You can also board the city’s oldest incline, the Duquesne Incline, to see how technology has evolved from 1877. You may even see the most intuitive technology while on the streets of the city where Uber has a fleet of self-driving cars.
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