Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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  1. Latonia Phipps
    Latonia Phipps
    17 Aug 2023
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    I visited Pittsburg for work as I was an actor invited to do a show at The City Theater. If checking out the theater scene, this is definitely the place to be with a few major theater companies putting on some dynamic shows. This includes City Theater and Pittsburg Public Theater. Also, do check out the August Wilson museum. This was the town where many of his most famous plays were created. You can pass the homes of some of his most talked about characters. And the museum itself is half his childhood home so it’s as if you are sitting with him.

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    Janora Bey
    13 Aug 2023
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    Pittsburgh, is known for a lot of things: the food, the rivers, the bridges, the views, the food and of course the Steelers! But, what about art and history? The Museums in Pittsburgh are unmatched among cities of the same size. Among them, notably are the Andy Warhol Museum, The Mattress Factory, and The Heinz History Museum. But their crowning jewel is the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History.

    The Carnegie, sits gloriously, on Forbes Street, a stone’s throw from the equally as regal Cathedral of Learning on Pitt University’s campus. Its large pillars and gaping stairwell swallow you in, as you walk toward the main entrance of the Museum. Greeted by Dippy the Dinosaur who sits just outside the Museum, visitors are invited in to take part in the modern and eclectic museum of art, the traditional museum of history, or both.

    The Art museum features some of the most famed artwork from prominent artists throughout history, from Homer to Warhol. But almost equally as impressive is the attention that the Carnegie gives to locals, with exhibits and installations by local Black artists such the infamous “Teenie” Harris, who was a photography documentarian, and more recently Dr. Sharif Bey, a ceramicist and educator, who grew up in a poor southside neighborhood, and now has his work displayed next to likes of Claude Monet’s Water Lilies.

    Among the seemingly 100 feet ceilings and marble pillars of the “Forum” fashioned after the Parthenon, the Hall of Sculptures, and the Hall of Architecture, there is also also a room displaying works of young local artists, and classes held to expose youth from marginalized communities to experience art in a new way. To ensure equitable access, the Museum also provides free admission to families who receive government assistance. While some of the more prominent art is always displayed the local and more recent works are cycled, so there is always something new to see in the Carnegie Museum of Art.

    Just down the hall is the Museum of Natural History. As you approach, children’s laughter echoes as you seem to walk through time, and come face to face with Dinosaurs. One of the most complete skeletons ever found is showcased here, and the display puts you right in the center of it all. Touch screens illuminate to give you an interactive lesson on each exhibit from prehistoric dinosaurs, to the age of man in modern times, with fun and adventure in every room, and on every floor. The contrast of the modern computer simulated interactive exhibits among the historical displays creates and exciting and almost surreal experience that is both fun and educational for the whole family.

    Our personal favorite is the Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems, which holds 1,300 rare and unique gems and stones from all over the world. Beautifully displayed, are also rare pieces of jewelry and oddities from throughout history. Quiet and serene, you can immerse yourself in the beauty and education found here, walking along the cool, dark, aisles of displays that seem to go on forever. We like to find the gemstones that are from places we have visited, or spending time choosing which gemstone most closely fits our personalities. No photography is allowed in the Hall of Minerals.

    Anyone who finds themselves in Pittsburgh, should absolutely make the time to see The Carnegie Museum. It is definitely worth the visit; culture, history, education, art, and fun, all in one.

  3. Leesh215
    Leesh215
    01 Apr 2023
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    I live in Pittsburgh now. I moved here for work at a predominantly white school. The community i found has been incredible. Black people from Pittsburgh are usually born and raised there. A lot of people who come for college leave but the city itself is small and affordable.
    So, there are lots of considerations for travelers here. Traveling to the city is easy. I suggest flying in at night, uber to your hotel downtown. The ride in is spectacular. The city of bridges is confusing for a nonresident. Uber everywhere or walk. The cultural district is one of the lively areas downtown. See a show, go to restaurants but be mindful I would never suggest Pittsburgh as a foodie place. The food is okay. Don’t come here for that. BUT the shows that come to town and the museums are worth visiting.
    The white folks of Pittsburgh are generally liberal and tatted. Thats a thing here. I have felt really safe wherever I go here, like white folks are proud to not be racist. The city is racially very white but the Black communities are close-knit. The Black folks here keep it real about racial relations. I got my hair pressed and the Black woman who did it gave me the tea on where Black folks hang out (Vizions in Verona). Sporting events are dope! The fields have amazing views. Go to as many games as you can. The fans didn’t seem to get belligerent and I’ve been to the Penguins game and Pirates games.
    I wouldn’t leave Pittsburgh proper as a Black person. The suburbs of PA are a little scary. Lots of sundown towns and Trump signs about an hr outside of Pittsburgh.
    Go to the Warhol museum, the August Wilson museum, the botanical gardens too are all great trips and I felt safe visiting each. You’ll see plenty of BLM signs for what that’s worth too.

    So yeah, definitely a great trip for Black folks who are feeling touristy and artsy.

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    ImaniKTravels
    22 Dec 2022
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    Visited Pittsburgh once for a Convention and most recently for a visit to see a friend! Pittsburgh is not comparable, in my opinion, to Philly but it definitely has some charm outside of the yellow bridges. We went to the riverwalk, the Phipps Conservatory, a drive in movie, the Warhol Museum, and more. We ended the night at Foxtail on Carson St, a great place to go if you’re looking for a night out.

  5. Bitten
    Bitten
    10 Dec 2019
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    Pittsburgh was a last minute destination for a long weekend so I really didn’t have any expectations-however I was not disappointed! There was lots to do and see like the Heinz history center and the old Cathedrals and churches. The view from the Andy Warhol Bridge is a must see, especially at Sunset! I took a train direct from Newark Penn into the Amtrak terminal in the downtown. The train ride was inexpensive and took about 6 hours but the views of the landscape along on the way were worth it!

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    Dwalls810
    09 Mar 2019
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    I decided to visit Pittsburgh to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates play baseball as part of my bucket list to view every MLB stadium. I was shocked to see how beautiful the city is. The downtown area skyline and three rivers are amazing. They have plenty of great local places to eat and drink with a great nightlife to party

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