Pittsburgh Story Ideas 2019-2020
Mummies of the World: The Exhibition runs until April 19, 2020 at the Carnegie Science Center. Real mummified bodies of people and animals from all over the world comprise the largest exhibition of mummies ever assembled. Only in Pittsburgh for a limited time, be sure to come experience the culture of ancient civilizations and the story of how these mummies came to be.
The Miniature Railroad & Village displayed at the Carnegie Science Center will be celebrating its 100th year this December. Originally built by Charles Bowdish in his home in Brookville, Pennsylvania, the construction was just a holiday project to occupy his time after returning home from WWI. Before he knew it, the display grew in size and popularity and was moved to the Buhl Planetarium in 1954 and then to its current home at the Carnegie Science Center in 1992. A common tradition for the people of Pittsburgh, the Miniature Railroad & Village depicts the original Primanti Brothers in the Strip District, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood house and the famous Monongahela Incline. The meticulous artistry and precision at the forefront of every design aspect warrants appreciation and an excited audience. (Closed for maintenance 9/23-11/22.)
MuseumLab, the largest cultural campus in the country, is a new interactive space at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh for children 10 and older to participate in hands-on art, technology and making activities. STUDIO LAB features a rotating display of contemporary pieces with which attendees can interact and draw inspiration. If you are more of a craftsman, MAKE LAB provides the equipment necessary to create things physically and digitally from 3D printers and design programs to table saws and soldering irons. For the cutting-edge creators, TECH LAB infuses art with technology to help children learn about the world around them. Your kids will beg to come back day after day.
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh announced a partnership with Pixar Animation in the creation of a new interactive exhibit based on its 2015 film “Inside Out.” Set in different locations from the movie, the exhibit will urge children to explore their own emotions and better understand the emotions of others.
City of Asylum is a grassroots organization in Pittsburgh’s North Side that offers support and refuge for threatened writers who were exiled or forced to flee from their home countries. A program that originally started in Europe, City of Asylum is a creative retreat for individuals who can’t express themselves freely through their medium under the oppressive conditions they were once in. The organization provides housing, employment, medical coverage, and travel aid for the artists and their families made possible by generous donations and foundations. It has expanded to include City of Asylum @ Alphabet City, a permanent location for the furthering of their cause including a bookstore and a restaurant. Various free offerings are held each month, such as poetry readings and performances.
Pittsburgh welcomes the snow and holly this winter season with Comcast Light Up Night, ringing in its 60th year as a family favorite tradition to kick off the holidays. The celebration features live music performances, the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place, and the Peoples Gas Holiday Market set up in Market Square. Visitors will find tree lighting ceremonies around Downtown, as well as fireworks and a laser show sure to impress the entire family.
Katharine Hepburn is an American icon, not only as a seasoned actress, but as a fashion connoisseur. Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage & Screen, shown at The Frick Pittsburgh, highlights the star’s classic, and sometimes controversial, style through a collection of costumes and ensembles, worn on stage, on screen and in her everyday life. The exhibition features dozens of garments by skillful designers who mastered the art of dressing this historic fashion figure throughout her successful career. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience Hepburn’s breathtaking garments on display Oct. 19 through Jan. 12, 2020.
The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 107th Annual Exhibition is home to 53 artists’ work in different mediums and styles of visual arts. Opening at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art on Nov. 9, the exhibition highlights local artists and demonstrates the strong cultural presence of Western Pennsylvania. A variety of work will be shown from traditional paintings to more abstract new media art, all blending seamlessly in an expertly curated display. Running through Jan. 26, 2020, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the passion and ability of local artists in the only museum dedicated specifically to American art in the region.
Pittsburgh is famous for steel, ketchup, bridges and sports, but it’s a little-known fact that whiskey belongs on the list as well. The Whiskey Rebellion Trail highlights Pittsburgh, the birthplace of America whiskey, and the surrounding region as a critical piece to the development and preservation of whiskey distilling through a variety of itineraries curated to educate and entertain. Spanning Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and stops in between, the trail celebrates American history with destinations at dozens of museums and distilleries and provides whiskey connoisseurs the opportunity to revel in the rebels’ victory. There are pass options for everyone which allows for the perfect whiskey experience.