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ArtsAlthough it may seem contradictory, Pittsburgh owes much of its rich cultural heritage to its gritty manufacturing history. Wealthy industrialists, like Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and H.J. Heinz, were active forces behind the city’s largest and most notable institutions. This culture of philanthropy paved the way for a city recognized around the world for its museums, creative centers, and music and theater companies.

A true feast for the eyes can be found among the fine collections at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the contemporary works at the Andy Warhol Museum, and the unique glass at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Lovers of distant and no-so-distant history will enjoy the top-ranked Carnegie Museum of Natural History and its collection of Jurassic dinosaurs (the largest in the world), the cultural and intellectual contributions of the region’s African Americans at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, and more than 250 years of Pittsburgh history and sports legacy at the Heinz History Center.

Pittsburgh’s professional theatrical performances, opera, dance, and music await you in the city’s beautifully restored, early 20th century theaters. The 2,800-seat Benedum Center for the Performing Arts stages first-run Broadway productions and is home to the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and Pittsburgh Opera, while the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra are housed in the internally renowned Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts. The family friendly Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, Kuntu Repertory Theater, and edgy Quantum Theatre also enhance the city’s culture.

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Arts & Entertainment Must Dos

  • Mattress Factory

    Experience a unique collection of contemporary installation art, including 16 permanent exhibitions, located in Pittsburgh’s Mexican War Streets.

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  • Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

    Stroll through tropical forests, Japanese gardens, and exotic flora, and get an up-close look at Victorian greenhouse architecture in this 13-room conservatory.

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  • Nationality Rooms

    Learn more about Pittsburgh’s diverse ethnic groups through this collection of 27 classrooms, located in the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning.

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  • Three Rivers Film Festival

    A celebration of motion picture art, this yearly festival includes independents, foreign films, documentaries, and local and experimental works.

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