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Experience Culture at the Contemporary Art Museums of Pittsburgh
When the great outdoors feels inhospitable to humanity, what better time to explore the artistic contributions of humanity in the form of culture. At the world class contemporary art museums in Pittsburgh, you can escape from the dark days of winter into the glow of civilization, luxuriating in the boundless art and creativity of the human imagination.
At the Andy Warhol Museum which showcases the largest collection of Warhol art and archives in the world, patrons can not only explore hundreds of Warhol’s iconic pieces but also discover other dimensions of the art of this luminary in the pop art movement. The Warhol Museum offers both exhibits and experiences for visitors, including sampling techniques Warhol utilized in his own art, creating your own movie in the vein of one of Warhol’s short films, and engaging with his art through various tactile and audiovisual installations. The Warhol is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except for Friday, when the Warhol is open until 10 p.m.). Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students, seniors, and children. Located on the North Shore at Sandusky and East General Robinson Streets, The Warhol is across the Andy Warhol Bridge from downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Please note that parking is $8 and cash-only.
On Pittsburgh’s North Side, The Mattress Factory is a one-of-a-kind voyage into the worlds of contemporary art. On the cutting edge of site-specific, contemporary art and celebrated for pushing the limits of both artist and viewer, no vacation to warmer climes will transport you as far as a trip to the Mattress Factory, where the magical and metaphorical combine to elevate you to see beyond your menial day-to-day. The Mattress Factory is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except for Wednesday, when the Factory is open until 8 p.m.). Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for students, veterans, and seniors. Comprised of three separate buildings, visitors will check in at the Admissions Desk in the main building at 500 Sampsonia Way.
The Carnegie Museum of Art which has been christened the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, should not be last on your list of museums to visit. This institution is a vital contributor to the sphere of modern art with its vast collection of more than 30,000 works of art, including prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, sculptures, and an array of digital imagery. The Museum is open Wednesday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., although it is open later on Thursday evenings (until 8 p.m.). Located in Oakland, one of Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhoods, it is within walking distance of Carnegie Mellon University. Admission is $19.95 for adults and $15.95 for seniors. Children and students are $11.95.