out the T. Rex and the triceratops at the Carnegie
Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh.
sitting quietly on a stool against a black backdrop trying
to channel my inner Edie Sedgwick as the camera rolls for
4 minutes and 41 seconds. I’m ready for my screen test,
it’s hard to know what to do. Do I sit still or do I
fidget? I should do something, right? But what? So I play
with my hair and I blink and smile and then go back to a
straight face. This could be very, very boring.
that day, a link to my screen test is emailed to me. I
will not be the next Edie Sedgwick. Oh, well.
the Andy Warhol Museum, you both experience some of his
art as well as learn about the pop culture icon, who was
born Andrew Warhola in 1928 in Pittsburgh.
one of a few Pittsburgh museums that are better
appreciated on an adult level or by older children.
in the theater to watch a short film about Warhol that
will help you better understand the artist. You’ll get
to hear from one of his brothers as well as famous and
not-so-famous people that knew him.
head up to the top of the seven-floor building and work
your way down to follow his life in chronological order.
You can see his work as a child, as a high schooler and in
college at what has become Carnegie Mellon University. You
then learn about his work doing advertisements for shoes
in New York in the late 1950s and how he created the
blotted line look of his early years.
you’re in the 1960s and you see his pop art style come
to life in images of Campbell’s Soup cans, Elvis and
you see how his interest in making film takes off and how
the Factory came to be. Enter a room and experience
"Exploding Plastic Inevitable," a film that is
an auditory and visual explosion that might make your
heart and head pound.
another floor, experience "Silver Cloud," a room
filled with giant, inflated silver balloons that sink and
rise around you. You can swat them or move them around in
this playful experience.
of the fascinating parts of the museum was seeing his
boxes and boxes of time capsules. Warhol was a collector
of his life and boxed up everything, even the most random
you finish your tour, the museum has a great gift shop and
a cafe that’s made to look like the Factory.
the Warhol Museum offers a history of one of Pittsburgh’s
famous sons, for a history of many more of its sons and
some daughters, head to the Heinz History Center and the
adjoining Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.
the Heinz History Center, you learn about the forming of
Pittsburgh, beginning with its days as a fort that was
part of the French and Indian War. Then you see it as a
city of industry as railroad and steel came to be. You can
visit different house replicas that show how living in
Pittsburgh changed from cabin life to the charming homes
of the 1950s.
big part of the museum is pitching the innovations that
come from this city. Learn about industry forefathers
George Westinghouse and Andrew Carnegie. Discover how
Jonas Salk, who worked out of the University of
Pittsburgh, found the polio vaccine. It’s a champion of
Pittsburgh-created products like the Jeep and the poison
the Heinz exhibit, you can learn how horseradish and
ketchup turned into more than 5,700 products in 200
countries. You can even watch some classic commercials.
exhibits are tributes to the local glass industry and the
makers of wood planes.
Special Collections Gallery features artifacts from
Pittsburgh’s immigrants. See what the Irish, Slovaks,
Russians, Italians and Jews brought with them into
Pittsburgh. Another exhibit tells the story of Pittsburgh’s
role in slavery and then the abolition movement.
a lot to see in this museum, but don’t miss the
staircases. Between each floor are the SmartSteps, which
give you Pittsburgh history by the numbers as you climb
each step from the first floor to the sixth floor.
to the center is the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.
Here you can see clips of Pittsburgh Steeler Terry
Bradshaw winning the Super Bowl. You can learn about the
Steelers owner Art Rooney and his family and see how
museum isn’t just about Pittsburgh’s three
professional sports: football, baseball and hockey. It’s
full of exhibits of lesser-known sports like marbles and
bocce ball. It looks at everything from neighborhood
clubs, high school teams and African-American leagues.
an interesting museum, even for this non-sports
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays-Sundays;
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays; closed Mondays
$20 adults, $10 students and children 3-18
117 Sandusky St.
History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
$15 adults, $13 seniors, $6 students and children 6-17
1212 Smallman St.