Discover the Carnegie Museums, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Science Center and the Andy Warhol Museum.
Any visit to the steel town of Pittsburgh, Pa., should include a day or two touring at least one Carnegie Museum. Named after Pittsburgh steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie, these four diverse museums have something for everyone.
Art enthusiasts can get their fix at the Andy Warhol Museum, which celebrates the famous Pittsburgh artist, or at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Those fascinated by dinosaurs, animals, nature, geology or history should head for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Tourists interested in science, nature, marine life and even sports will enjoy the exhibits at the Carnegie Science Center.
The Carnegie Museum of Art features an impressive collection of art, including :
When Andrew Carnegie founded the art museum in 1895, he wanted something more than the showcase of traditional art that so many other museums displayed. He instead imagined a collection of the "Old Masters of Tomorrow." Since its inception, the Carnegie Museum of Art has acquired and displayed modern and contemporary art in addition to classics. Some people consider the Carnegie Museum the first museum of modern art in the United States.
Visitors fascinated by the planning and construction of buildings should not miss the Heinz Architectural Center. Added to the Carnegie Museum of Art in 1993, it is dedicated to the collection, study and presentation of architectural drawings and models. In addition, the Hall of Architecture contains one of the three largest collections of plaster casts of architectural works in the world, and the largest in the United States. Visitors should take a moment to view the Hall of Sculpture, which resembles the Parthenon of Ancient Greece.
The Carnegie Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and remains open until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday. Sunday hours are 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. During the winter, the museum is closed on Mondays, except for some holidays .
Tickets to the Carnegie Museum of Art are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $11 for children. Museum members and children under 3 are admitted free. The ticket price includes same-day admission to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Those planning a trip to the museum should check the museum's Web site for updates on hours and admission.
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History contains more than 20 million specimens of natural history and anthropology. It is one of the sixth largest natural history museums in the United States. Its impressive collection contains the world's third largest assortment of real dinosaur fossils -- not plastic or metal casts as found in many other museums. Must-see displays include :
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History's hours are the same as those at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Ticket prices are also the same and include admission to both the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Carnegie Museum of Art.
The Carnegie Science Center has five floors with more than 250 exhibits dedicated to making science interesting and entertaining. In addition to the exhibit halls, the center also boasts:
The Carnegie Science Center was created in 1991 by merging the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh with the Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science. In 2003, the museum received the National Award for Museum Service.
Carnegie Science Center hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. During football season, the museum closes early when the Pittsburgh Steelers play at home, so visitors should check the museum's Web site before they go and plan accordingly. The Web site also offers information on current special exhibits.
General admission tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for seniors and children. Museum members and children under 3 receive free admission. Tickets for the OMNIMAX theater, which shows some IMAX films in addition to standard museum offerings, are priced separately. Ticket prices for the Carnegie Science Center do not include admission to any other Carnegie Museum.
Pop artist Andy Warhol, best known for his paintings of celebrities and iconic American products such as Campbell's Soup and Coca-Cola, learned his trade in the Carnegie-donated museum and library in Pittsburgh. The Andy Warhol Museum, which displays his work, is one of the most complete single-artist museums in the world. The museum contains more than 4,000 original works of art by Warhol, including:
In addition, the museum houses the Warhol Archives, a collection of information about Warhol's life and activities. Both researchers and the public can access these archives, which are considered the definitive resource on the artist's life and work.
The Andy Warhol Museum is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. On Friday, the museum is open until 10:00 p.m. and offers half-price admission to guests entering after 5:00 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and on many holidays.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for students and children. Museum members and children under three are admitted free. Ticket prices for the Andy Warhol Museum do not include admission to any other Carnegie Museum.
Hours and admission fees are subject to change, so be sure to check the Carnegie Museums Web site for the most recent updates.