Explore one of America’s oldest Pennsylvanian cities. Pittsburgh, known as the Steel City, has so much more to offer than you may guess. Below are a handful of the must-see attractions for visitors, whether you are alone or with a group of fellow history buffs, art lovers, music and theater aficionados and even your family.
See the Carnegie Museum of Art’s
distinguished collection of contemporary art. You’ll be surprised at the wide variety of its permanent collection, from the 16th century to the present, as well as its constantly rotating traveling exhibitions. As you walk through the splendid halls, you’ll encounter everything from early French Impressionist paintings to modern film and video works exhibits, and other attractions.
Address: 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 - MAP
Phone: (412) 622-3131
Learn about history and the natural sciences at the enormous Carnegie Museum of Natural History
. This museum contains 20 galleries filled with permanent and traveling exhibitions and attractions about all your favorite topics—from dinosaurs to modern African wildlife, Ancient Egyptians to American Indians, botany to gemstones and much, much more!
Address: 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 - MAP
Phone: (412) 622-3131
Join in with the other millions of visitors who are fascinated by the attractions at the Carnegie Science Center
. Pittsburgh’s most visited museum, the Carnegie Science Center is easily one of the best places in the country to learn about robotics in fun, informative and even interactive exhibits. You also learn about space at the newly constructed Buhl Digital Dome, explore the inside of the USS Requin Submarine, visit the sprawling Miniature Railroad and more.
Address: 1 Allegheny Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 - MAP
Phone: (412) 237-3400
Bring the kids to a museum designed for them. The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
features exhibits and attractions created with the philosophy "Play with Real Stuff" in mind. Let the youngest guests explore play areas that engage their developmental needs. Older visitors can take off on fantastic flights of imagination as they learn about science and art through the fun and educational galleries.
Address: 10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 - MAP
Phone: (412) 322-5058
Open 365 days a year, the Duquesne Incline
is one of the best ways to see the city. The entire downtown cityscape sprawls below you as you travel up the incline in one of the elegant wooden cable cars. Restored to its original 1877 glory, the Duquesne Incline offers guests a unique view of the city and a glimpse into its past.
Address: 1220 Grandview Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15211 - MAP
Phone: (412) 381-1665
Step back in time as you explore the exhibits and attractions at the Frick Art & Historical Center
. Be transported into the Gilded Age through the collection of art and artifacts of the Frick family. The museum and its surrounding building transformed into a complex dedicated to the art, culture and refinement of the time under the guidance of Helen Clay Frick.
Address: 7227 Reynolds St., Pittsburgh, PA 15208 - MAP
Phone: (412) 371-0600
Visit the site of the historic Fort Pitt Museum
in downtown Pittsburgh. Strategically built at the forks of the Ohio River in 1759 and added onto in 1764, the current two-story museum first opened to the public in 1969. Learn about the role the Steel City played in shaping the United States through interactive exhibitions and attractions, and recently added artifacts.
Address: Point State Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 - MAP
Phone: (412) 281-9284
Take a ride down the Monongahela River at Historic Station Square with the Gateway Clipper Fleet
. Symbolic of Pittsburgh’s river renaissance, this three-riverboat fleet recalls the time when Pittsburgh was known as the Gateway to the West. Choose from a variety of cruises from sightseeing day trips to formal dinner cruises.
Address: 350 W Station Square Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15219 - MAP
Phone: (412) 355-7980
Inspire yourself with the artistic, modern performances of classic American ballets by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
. This local ballet troupe has grown since it debuted in 1970 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. See one of the seasonal performances from October until April at its own building or catch one of the troupe's touring performances.
Address: 2900 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15201 - MAP
Phone: (412) 281-0360
Surround yourself with beauty at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
. Awaken your senses as you immerse yourself in the 17 unique garden attractions. Housed in a traditional Victorian conservatory are a Victoria Room, Tropical Forest Conservatory, Sunken Garden and more. Experience different areas of the world and different eras as you walk through the indoor rooms and outdoor gardens.
Address: 1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 - MAP
Phone: (412) 622-6914
View the work of local visual and performance artists at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
. Whether you art interested in traditional arts, such as painting and sculpture, or the modern art of photography and filmmaking, you will find the best regional artistic exchange at one of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ locations.
Address: 6300 5th Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233 - MAP
Phone: (412) 361-0873
Support the environment and treat your ears at the Pittsburgh Opera
. Known for their amazing singers, the Pittsburgh Opera is also the first "green" opera company in the United States. With a rich legacy of music-making and international renown, this opera offers some of the best artistic performances while striving to make opera accessible to all.
Address: 2425 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 - MAP
Phone: (412) 281-0912
You can find the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
in the Steel City’s Cultural District. Since 1895, the orchestra has contributed to the city’s thriving art and music culture. Enjoy a musical experience of the highest caliber as you listen to the symphony’s rendition of classical and contemporary compositions.
Address: 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 - MAP
Phone: (412) 392-4900
Let your wild side roam at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
. One of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations in the country, this zoo contains a myriad of attractions and animals—over 4,000! Originally a menagerie in 1898, the zoo was later divided into seven distinct sections and is now known for its work in animal conservation, hosting 20 threatened or endangered species.
Address: 7340 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15206 - MAP
Phone: (412) 665-3640
Experience Pittsburgh’s most popular tourist attraction. Once a place to meet passengers getting off the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad, Station Square
has transformed into the Steel City’s largest shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife complex. Find everything you need in this historic station, the hippest place to be in the burgh!
Address: 125 West Station Square Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15219 - MAP
Phone: (412) 261-2811
Honor all the men and women who served their country at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum
. The only national museum dedicated to all branches of the military, from professional soldiers to citizens, Soldiers & Sailors offers a unique view of American history through interesting exhibits and attractions. See military artifacts and personal mementos from the Civil War to the present.
Address: 4141 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 - MAP
Phone: (412) 621-4253
Experience the works of multi-disciplinary artists from across the globe at the Wood Street Galleries
. The visual arts project is well known as a leading cultural space for technology-based art. See exhibitions of new media that push traditional art boundaries into new realms at this two-level art attraction.
Address: 601 Wood St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 - MAP
Phone: (412) 471-5605