Industrialist Andrew Carnegie left many gifts for the residents of Pittsburgh. One of those is the Carnegie Museum of Art. ... More
Carnegie Museum of Art
Industrialist Andrew Carnegie left many gifts for the residents of Pittsburgh. One of those is the Carnegie Museum of Art. Built between 1891 and 1895, the Renaissance-style building houses the city's largest collection of art. Carnegie was determined to mix old masterpieces with contemporary work, or what he once deemed "the old masters of tomorrow". Classes and tours are available, as are special programs for children. Admission includes Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Check website for details.
Pros- Great collection
Cons- The great collections not on display
One thing really amazing about this musuem is its vast collection of incredible art. More amazing is the fact that 95% of it never sees the light of the carnegie galleries. Sad but true.
Every time I have been there I sounded like a broken record. I find a curator and ask "When are you going to break out the good stuff" always the same response "silence"
For all the money this city has poured into its stadiums, shame they could find the funds to expand this genorous legacy. Shame.
But if your just visiting and want to see some art, there are a few nice pieces in view. Dont miss the Pittsburgh room.
Or just get over to Greensburgh to the Westmoreland Museum. Best collection of American art i have seen outside of Chicago.
Who hasn't heard the name Carnegie. That name is associated with music, theater and art. It is a magnificent place. Just being in the Music Hall Foyer you get a sense of greatness. We held a reception there in the Foyer and allowed guest to stroll around in the Hall of Architecture. This hall has the largest collection of plaster cast masterpieces in the country. Talk about a hall. It is truly a work of art. It was a very memorable experience. I feel proud just to say I have been to the Carnegie Museum of Art.
I am a high school art teacher who yearly takes the school art club to different cities in the mid-west. I have also traveled extensively throughout the United States. When vacationing, my family always heads to the art museums (my wife also teaches art, and my daughters have both selected art careers as well). I have found the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh to be fantastic...even better than the Art Institute of Chicago! I cover art history extensively in my classes, concentrating heavily on 20th century art. The Carnegie has a supurb collection of great representative examples of most movements of the 20th century. No matter where you go in the museum, you can at a glance name off many outstanding leaders of so many periods, as opposed to many museums which do good to disply only a couple of simply major movements, if even that. If you are interested in art, or enjoy seeing a lot of representative examples to be able to compare styles, etc., I HIGHLY recommend the Carnegie in Pittsburgh, Pa.
This museum is large and really pretty. Skylit galleries, an interesting collection--mostly American and European works. Not a lot of depth for any one artist, but very good breadth of a collection. The museum has an old part and a new part (well, new since 1974!). The old part has a glorious old hall of architecture filled with casts of buildings sacred to western civilization. Lots of contemporary work. They do the "Carnegie International" show here.
Plus, 2 museums for the price of one. There is a great Natural History museum in the same facility. Dinosaurs!
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