Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in Pittsburgh.



This fascinating museum presents informative exhibits that focus on wildlife, earth science and anthropology. Beautiful dioramas display numerous species and recreate their natural habitat. Visitors rush to the PaleoLab to see Samson, a...  Read More

Andy Warhol Museum


One of the only museums dedicated to one artist, this institution honors Pittsburgh native Andy Warhol with the exhibition of over 500 of his works in the seven-story former warehouse. The museum store and the cafe are accessible without museum admission.



Formerly the estate of industrialist Henry Frick, this complex features a number of attractions. Inside Clayton, the restored Victorian mansion, you'll find a plethora of original furnishings and artifacts. You may enjoy a visit to the Car and...  Read More

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
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The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh provides a great getaway for the child and the child wannabe. The hands-on exhibits include live performances, workshops, parties, storytelling, and the two-story Kids' Climber.



Andrew Carnegie started this museum's earliest collections in 1896, with an emphasis on modern art. The galleries showcase works by artists such as Degas, Van Gogh, Durer, Cassatt and Hopper. More recent exhibits include photography and video...  Read More

Carnegie Science Center


This 40,000 square foot facility houses so much, that it's impossible to list it all. Over 250 interactive exhibits include a planetarium, miniature railroad exhibit, Omnimax Theater, the USS Requin (WWII sub), and a health-science center....  Read More

Mattress Factory


Works by artists William Anastasi, Winifred Lutz, and Bill Woodrow are featured in this space. Often, the floor is devoted to an artist-in-residence to create new works. Changing exhibits are common.

Pittsburgh Glass Center


Pittsburgh will always be known as Steel City, but few people are aware of the city's long career as a leader in glass production. Pittsburgh Glass Center offers classes for beginners as well as for experienced glass artists. Visitors can take a...  Read More

Senator John Heinz History Center


Housed in the Chautauqua Ice Warehouse, the center preserves and displays a large collection of artifacts, archives, and photos documenting the history of the region. The headquarters of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, the...  Read More

Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning


The Nationality Rooms are housed in the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning. Twenty six rooms showcase furnishings and artifacts that represent the cultural backgrounds of various ethnic groups. The striking Gothic-style cathedral,...  Read More