Rainy day activity: museums in Pittsburgh

There are plenty of reasons why Pittsburgh is a great city (the food, for example), and one of the best things about Steel City is that it’s got museums galore. Because this summer hasn’t been the hottest or the driest for the area, consider spending your next rainy day at a museum.

Carnegie, Carnegie, Carnegie

Pittsburgh: a city for all weather
The skies over Pittsburgh aren’t always this sunny, so it’s good that the city boasts some of the best museums around.

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is open every day of the week in summer. The current special exhibit is RACE: Are we so Different. The museum even hosts birthday parties. So if you have a child who loves dinosaurs, ancient Egypt, animals, or minerals, consider taking them to see some natural history.

If you have a hardcore science buff on your hands, the Carnegie Science Center is the place to go. Little shark lovers will get especially excited at the film Great White Shark, currently playing at the Rangos Omnimax Theater.

For artists and art lovers, the Carnegie Museum of Art is one of several art museums in Pittsburgh well worth a visit. The current exhibit, Faked {Forgotten} Found: Five Renaissance Paintings Investigated runs until Sept. 5.

The Andy Warhol Museum is perhaps the best Carnegie museum in the city. Why? Because most major cities have art museums and natural history museums, but only Pittsburgh has The Warhol, dedicated to the art of one of the city’s most famous natives. Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede will be on display until Aug. 24th, so consider heading to the North Shore sometime soon.

Something a little different

The Mattress Factory Art Museum is one of the most unique museums of modern art in the country. While this might not be the best place to visit with small children (some of the permanent installations are a bit creepy), art buffs will be amazed at the contemporary work on display.

The ToonSeum is another unique Pittsburgh museum. If your kids love superheroes, consider taking them to the current exhibit, When Universes Collide: The Ultimate Superhero Smackdown, running through Sept. 20.

 

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