Arts & Culture

Pittsburgh is a city of renowned artists, makers, and musicians.

Come for the internationally renowned museums, stay for the intimate and interactive galleries. Across the board, you'll find Pittsburgh's arts and culture experiences are unmatched. Explore the Cultural District, which features dozens of unique and intimate art galleries, theaters, and restaurants to boot, as well as larger theatrical, dance, and symphonic spaces. 

Beyond Downtown, take a deep dive into the culture of any of Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods where you’ll find art museums and galleries of all shapes, sizes, and styles. Start planning now and see what Pittsburgh is all about.

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What to do & Where to go

The first stop on your trip should be Carnegie Museum of Art, as it is one of the first museums of contemporary art in the United States, and currently one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. Their collection has over 30,000 objects and their mission is to create experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. 

One of Pittsburgh’s most unique contemporary art museums is the Mattress Factory which features site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the world. It is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in site-specific, contemporary art and is notorious for pushing the boundaries of both artist and viewer.  

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Theater lovers have plenty options in Pittsburgh. City Theatre specializes in new play development. They are the largest theatre in Pittsburgh dedicated to a full season of all new work, commissioning and producing plays by writers at the forefront of the industry. Pittsburgh Public Theater, located in the heart of the Downtown Cultural District, has a proud tradition of producing new work while also including beloved classics in their seasons. 

If you’re interested in a more hands-on experience, look no further than Bricolage Production Company. Their mission is to immerse artists and audiences in adventurous theatrical experiences and they envision theater not as a passive but an interactive and immersive experience. 

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While attending the Westmoreland Museum of American Art is free, it is a priceless experience. The Westmoreland’s collection includes works by major artists from four centuries and is home to more than 3,400 objects of fine and decorative American art. It also captures the region’s rich agrarian and industrial past.   

One of our only-in-Pittsburgh attractions is the Andy Warhol Museum. It’s the perfect location for the largest collection of Warhol’s artworks and archival materials, as Warhol is one of Pittsburgh's most beloved natives. The Warhol Museum is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world and the largest in North America. 

It's time to indulge in some fantastic entertainment, and there's no shortage of options. Home to fantastic musical productions, late-night entertainment, live music, and outstanding food, the Greer Cabaret Theater in the heart of the Cultural District provides unique live music and theatrical performances year-round. 

If you like more traditional song and dance, the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series features new touring Broadway shows and revivals, direct from Broadway to the ‘Burgh. Celebrating 50 years, the Pittsburgh Dance Council's anniversary season will have you experiencing dance in exciting new ways and spaces. 

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One of the most exciting ballet companies in the United States, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has built a legacy of storytelling through dance. The company’s eclectic style and passion for the joy of ballet are conveyed through more than 50 performances each year at home and on tour. 

The Pittsburgh Opera is viewed as one of the most vibrant opera organizations in the U.S., with a rich artistic tradition, outstanding educational programs, an acclaimed artist training program, and performances that are beloved classics as well as new artistic creations. 

Discover a bygone era at Frick Pittsburgh. Here you can tour Clayton, the home of Henry Clay Frick and his family from 1882-1905. The Frick Art Museum on the property frequently showcases unique and innovative exhibits. 

You'll find yourself near the neighborhood of Oakland, so head on over to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a thriving oasis with many unique environments to explore. Indulge your senses with breathtaking seasonal flower shows and exhibits, beautiful and sustainable architecture, gorgeous outdoor gardens and more. 

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