A bustling metropolis with a rich heritage of commerce and innovation, Pittsburgh has long been an epicenter of creativity and forward thinking. Artists, performers, makers and craft brewers call this city home, infusing its distinct neighborhoods with an undeniable energy.
Spark your imagination when you explore Pittsburgh’s impressive assemblage of world-renowned museums or when you attend a performance by one of the many major arts organizations in the Pittsburgh Cultural District, from symphony to opera to ballet. It’s no wonder Harper’s Bazaar magazine recently named the city No. 4 on its list of “The 17 Best Places to Travel in 2017,” citing Pittsburgh’s rich arts, culture, dining and shopping scenes.
It all started in 1895, when Scottish-born Andrew Carnegie, who earned his fortune in Pittsburgh's steel industry, founded the Carnegie Museum of Art and, a year later, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Today, the Carnegie Museum of Art, located in the culturally rich Oakland neighborhood, encompasses a collection of more than 30,000 objects, from painting and sculpture to photographs and film to cutting-edge media such as 3D printing and augmented reality. Take one of the drop-in tours, available daily with museum admission.
The Andy Warhol Museum, located on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, is the largest single-artist museum in North America and holds the largest collection of artwork by Warhol, who was born and raised in Pittsburgh. Start your exploration on the seventh floor to explore the pop artist’s early years, and then move your way down through his creations from the 60s, 70s and 80s. While you’re here, be sure to stop by The Factory where you can silkscreen your own T-shirt, tote and more for a one-of-a-kind souvenir, made using Warhol’s hallmark art-making techniques.
If you’re looking for even more art you can take with you, stop by I Made It! Market, a nomadic indie pop-up that provides a place to interact with local artists and buy unique handmade wares, such as jewelry made from old typewriter keys, vintage-inspired industrial light fixtures and wind chimes created from antique silverware.
For handmade “crafts” of a more delicious variety, taste your way through Pittsburgh’s booming craft beer scene. Allegheny County has 30 active craft breweries and even more on the way—that's more than any other county in Pennsylvania.
Penn Brewery, operating since 1986, is Pittsburgh’s oldest craft brewery. Situated in the North Side’s Deutschtown neighborhood, in the former mid-nineteenth-century E&O Brewery, it is also the largest brewery in the city. Here, you’ll find award-winning German-style beer and authentic eastern European cuisine.
Family owned and operated since 2014, the Grist House Craft Brewery is just north of downtown Pittsburgh in nearby Millvale. Housed in a former slaughterhouse, this industrial-chic brewery offers a rotating list of craft beers in its all-seasons beer garden and in the taproom overlooking the brew system.
Church Brew Works, a microbrewery and restaurant in the historic Lawrenceville neighborhood is a must-see. Located in a former 1902 Roman Catholic cathedral, you can sit in booths made from the original pews as you take in views of the sweeping ceilings and colorful stained glass, all while sipping on award-winning beer brewed strictly with German malts and hops
Pittsburgh is topping the list of travelers from all over the world. The diverse collection of arts and culture are just a couple of reasons why it continues to be a must-see destination. See for yourself when you plan your trip to Pittsburgh.