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Arts & Culture

Downtown is unquestionably the heart of Pittsburgh’s arts and culture scene. Each night, the Cultural District, 14 square blocks along Penn and Liberty Avenues, buzzes with theatergoers and diners. Enjoy a thrilling night of Broadway at the Benedum Center, or a dramatic evening of symphony, ballet or opera at the Heinz Hall, the home of the internationally-acclaimed Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  Both grand, breathtaking theaters, meticulously restored to their historic opulence, are known nationwide for their beauty and impeccable acoustics. On a more modern note, the O’Reilly Theater, designed by the noted Michael Graves, features theater with a contemporary edge. Art plays its part, too—especially at the popular free Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery Crawls, held each quarter to showcase the Cultural District’s many galleries and art spaces, and when you go to a Gallery Crawl, don't forget to stop by our Night Market which is held in conjunction with each Gallery Crawl.

Looking for a more historical day in Downtown? Head over to the Senator John Heinz History Center and the Western PA Sports Museum to explore their newest exhibit. The Sports Museum captures the unforgettable and almost forgotten tales of Pittsburgh sports through hundreds of artifacts, more than 70 hands-on interactive exhibits, and 20 audio-visual programs. The History Center is Pennsylvania’s largest history museum and presents the most compelling stories from American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection. Or, take a stroll down to the Fort Pitt Museum to learn about Western Pennsylvania's pivotal role during the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, and as the birthplace of Pittsburgh--perfect for field trip, families and history buffs! 


Complimentary Walking Tour of Pittsburgh podcast provided by Robert Morris University available in 10 different languages!

Free Self-Guided Walking Tours provided by the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. 

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