What to Know Before Visiting Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum
As part of a summer series, T+L is highlighting amazing lesser-known attractions found in the United States. Next up: where Pittsburgh celebrates one of the world’s most iconic artists.
Art lovers visiting Pittsburgh, take note: inside an unassuming brick building in the city's downtown find the Andy Warhol Museum, a seven-floor, ever-changing exhibition of the artist's paintings, prints, photographs, films, and drawings.
Highlights include the portraits of familiar Hollywood faces, the Silver Clouds room (a re-creation of a 1966 interactive exhibit he put on with engineer Billy Klüver), and, of course, the Campbell Soup Cans.
But artwork isn’t the only draw to the Warhol Museum. In an interactive exhibit, visitors can create their own Warhol-inspired screen test. Plus, locals know the museum as a cozy place to catch a concert. “Sounds Series” are held in the museum’s small concert room, where Grizzly Bear, Henry Rollins, Yo La Tengo, and the Magnetic Fields have performed. These ticketed events often sell out quickly, so you'll want to plan ahead.
The Andy Warhol museum sits on Pittsburgh’s North Shore is within walking distance of PNC Park and Heinz Field. If you’re planning a visit before November 2017, you should expect delays and detours due to construction on the Andy Warhol Museum Bridge.
Open at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday, plan for an early morning visit if you’re looking to enjoy an intimate viewing experience of the multiple floors of art, installations, and history. For a more social experience, visit on Fridays for “Good Fridays” from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; guests get half-price admission and a cash bar.