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7 Places In Pittsburgh Everyone Should Visit At Least Once

Ted Rivers

Pittsburgh is full of weird and wonderful places that everyone should visit. Whether you're in the city for the first time or you've lived here your whole life, there's always something to see and do.

In fact, when you've lived in a city for so long, it's easy to forget about all the cool tourist stuff on offer. And so, list hopes to share some incredible places in Pittsburgh everyone should visit at least once.

1. The Cathedral of Learning

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The Cathedral of Learning is a 42-story Gothic Revival skyscraper that is the centerpiece of the University of Pittsburgh's main campus. The building is home to the university's Honors College and houses a variety of classrooms, libraries, and offices. The Cathedral of Learning is also home to the Nationality Rooms, a collection of 31 classrooms that are each designed to represent the architecture and culture of a different country.

2. The Frick Pittsburgh

The Frick Pittsburgh is a cluster of history museums that are housed in the former home of steel magnate Henry Clay Frick. The museum features a collection of art, furniture, and objects from Frick's personal collection, as well as temporary exhibitions on a variety of topics. The Frick Pittsburgh is also home to the Car and Carriage Museum, which features a collection of over 50 vintage cars and carriages.

3. The Andy Warhol Museum

The Andy Warhol Museum is dedicated to the life and work of American artist Andy Warhol. The museum houses the largest collection of Warhol's art in the world, as well as a variety of archival materials related to his life and career. The Andy Warhol Museum is also home to the Silver Factory, Warhol's former studio where many of his most famous works were created.

4. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a botanical garden that was founded in 1893 by steel magnate Henry Phipps. The conservatory features a variety of gardens, including an orchidarium, bonsai gallery, tropical forest conservatory, and more. Phipps Conservatory also offers a variety of educational programs for both children and adults.

5. Heinz Field

Heinz Field is a football stadium that is home to the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers and the NCAA's Pitt Panthers football team. The stadium opened in 2001 and has a capacity of over 65,000 people. Heinz Field is named for Pittsburgh-based food company H.J. Heinz Company, which holds the naming rights to the stadium. The naming rights for the stadium expired in February 2022, but the stadium is still well worth a visit.

6. PNC Park

PNC Park is a baseball stadium that is home to Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates. The stadium opened in 2001 and has a capacity of over 38,000 people. PNC Park was ranked as one of the best stadiums in baseball by Sports Illustrated in 2009 and 2010.

7. Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Carnegie Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum located in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood. The museum is the best place to see specimens, including dinosaurs, animals, rocks, and minerals. The museum also features a planetarium and an IMAX theater. Down the road is the sister museum of art, perfect for a full day out with the family.

This is just a small taste of what Pittsburgh has to offer, and if you're in town is well worth a visit. Long-term residents of the city may be familiar with some, if not all, these attractions, but it's very easy to say, "I'll visit one day," and one never comes!

Have you been to any of these locations? How was your visit? What other attractions in Pittsburgh should be on this list?

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