As a mid-size city with a small-town feel, Pittsburgh is the perfect city to launch the inaugural WE Local conference. During your stay, don't let the cool air keep you indoors! We encourage you to set aside time to take in the sites that make people proud to say they live or work in Pittsburgh. Just steps from the Omni William Penn, you can uncover a thriving cultural district, historical sites, and some of the country's finest architecture.
You can go back in time and experience five billion years of the Earth's history and 250+ years of Pittsburgh's history at such locations as Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Fort Pitt Museum and the Senator John Heinz History Center. From the museum with the world's third largest dinosaur repository to the first shots fired during the French & Indian War, the region's history museums bring the past to life. Or, ride the 137-year-old Duquesne incline up to its Observation Deck to see what USA Today Weekend Magazine calls one of the "10 most beautiful views in America". Historical exhibits in the waiting room entertain between rides.
However you like to roll, Pittsburgh is sure to have the sightseeing option for you. By land or water, on four wheels or two, walk or Segway, tour and enjoy the sights of the city. Tag along with knowledgeable guides for free architectural walking tours of Downtown, or take one the many culinary tours of Pittsburgh's unique neighborhoods.
Go on a sightseeing trip by trolley, by sternwheeler or by WWII amphibious vehicle with Just Ducky Tours! Take a trip back in time and see how the steel industry played a major role in shaping the economy and the culture of Pittsburgh's "Steel Valley." Don't miss the new movie location tour and find out why Pittsburgh is called "Hollywood of the East."
Also, check out the "Pittsburgh Art and Architecture Tour" itineraries, featuring four of Pittsburgh's phenomenal cultural institutions: The Andy Warhol Museum,Mattress Factory, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and House on Kentucky Knob.
Whether your passion is visual or performing arts (or both!) you will be overwhelmed by the choices in theaters, galleries, public art installations and the museum dedicated to the Prince of Pop, The Andy Warhol Museum.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's commitment to the arts. The world class Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall performs classical, Pops and children's concerts.The Benedum Center stages performances by Pittsburgh CLO, PNC Broadway Across America, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera and more. The Pittsburgh Public Theatre produces 200+ performances in the intimate O'Reilly Theater. The Harris Theater features the best in independent, foreign and classical films.
The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh's Museum of Contemporary Art, presents site-specific installations that are not to be missed! And, why not try your hand at making art at The Pittsburgh Glass Center which offers glass art classes for beginners, experts and everyone in between. Also, be sure to check out all the public art spaces around the city.
Whether you have a taste for traditional art or a thirst for the exotic, Pittsburgh is your art destination. Be astonished by art crafted from flowers and greenery at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Or explore the history of work created in southwest Pennsylvania and across the country at the newly expanded Westmoreland Museum of American Art. No matter what your artistic style, Pittsburgh has a museum for you.