It seems that for the past few weekends, we’ve been able to take advantage of free days at different museums around town. About a week and a half ago, the Smithsonian did their Museum Day Live! event nationwide. We were able to go on the Smithsonian website and choose a museum that we wanted to visit to print out free tickets for the day. We ended up visiting an old manor/estate in nearby Frick Park that’s been turned into a museum. They had artwork displayed in one of the “guest houses,” old cars and carriages on display in the garage, and the house was full of period-appropriate furnishings and open to tour.
That was on a Saturday. To follow it up, the city of Pittsburgh held its own free admission day to most of the museums around town on Sunday! We went to a couple of contemporary art museums (including the Andy Warhol Museum), and honestly…I was kind of glad that I hadn’t had to pay for admission. Contemporary art is just not my thing, I guess. I like art that’s pretty.
This past weekend, the Heinz History Center randomly had a free admission day. It’s ironic that we’ve visited the Heinz History Center nearly every weekend since we’ve lived in Pittsburgh (because our church meets in the ballroom each week), but we’ve never taken a tour of the exhibits. Of all of the free museums we went to, Heinz History Center was my favorite (and the only one I forgot to bring my camera to). They had an eclectic array of exhibits (so if you didn’t like the exhibit on how glass is made, you could always go visit the Steelers/Pirates Sports Museum exhibit), and the place was so HUGE we almost got lost a couple of times. We didn’t even have enough time to see everything! We’ll definitely be back.
Here are some of the highlights:
Why would they call an art museum “The Mattress Factory,” you ask? I have no idea. It was really confusing to me when we first moved here. Why is our Lonely Planet guide recommending we visit a mattress store?