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June 1, 2011 6:25 AM

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From pop art like the works of Andy Warhol to the marble Hall of Sculpture at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh is home to a host of world-class museums. But if gazing at art isn’t exactly your thing, you don’t have to shun the museum scene. Pack up the family and head to any number of unique attractions. This is just the tip of the iceberg!

Big Mac® Museum Restaurant

9051 Route 30
North Huntingdon, PA 15642
724-863-9837
www.bigmacmuseum.com

There’s a museum for just about every taste in our region. Speaking of taste, burger lovers won’t want to miss a trip to the Big Mac® Museum Restaurant in North Huntingdon. Michael James Delligatti, the man who created that yummy mix of “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun,” actually hails from Western Pennsylvania! The Big Mac made its debut more than 40 years ago in Uniontown. Among other treats, visitors to the Big Mac® Museum Restaurant will get to “say CHEEESE! in front of the world’s largest Big Mac replica” and “sink [their] teeth into fascinating high-tech displays!”

ToonSeum

945 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-232-0199
toonseum.org

Located in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, the ToonSeum is sure to be a family favorite! Pittsburgh’s Museum of Cartoon Art, The ToonSeum on Liberty Avenue is one of only three cartoon art museums in the country! Originally located inside the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, the ToonSeum expanded and moved out on its own at the end of 2009. With everything from comic strips to animated movies and more, the ToonSeum celebrates the kid inside all of us!

The Clemente Museum

3339 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15201
412-621-1268
www.clementemuseum.com

One KDKA staffer called the Roberto Clemente Museum at the historic Engine House 25 in Lawrenceville an “incredible” place to take visitors to Pittsburgh. “Most people haven’t even heard of it, but it’s impressive enough that several New York Yankees visited in uniform between batting practice and the game just to catch a glimpse!” The museum claims to feature “the world’s largest exhibited collection of baseball artifacts, works of art, literature, photographs, memorabilia” and more “dedicated to preserving the legacy of ‘The Great One.’”

James Stewart Museum

835 Philadelphia St
Indiana, PA 15701
724-349-6112
www.jimmy.org

Old movie buffs are sure to love a trip to Indiana, Pennsylvania to visit the museum dedicated to the town’s native son, actor Jimmy Stewart. From “his roles as military hero, civic leader, family man and world citizen,” the Jimmy Stewart Museum celebrates Stewart’s life and career. There’s even an intimate 1930s vintage movie theatre where visitors can screen clips from Stewart’s films. If your Christmas isn’t complete without watching Stewart’s portrayal of George Bailey in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” this museum is a must-see!

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

1 Museum Road
Washington, PA 15301
724-228-9256
www.pa-trolley.org

All aboard! If you love the clang, clang clang of the trolley, head on down to Washington County to visit the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum! Electric trolleys first appeared in Pittsburgh in 1890, but the first street cars on tracks – drawn by horses – date back more than 150 years! Pittsburgh’s old trolley car is one of nearly 50 rolling remembrances of transportation past at this museum! Climb aboard one for a ride into the past!

Compass Inn Museum

US Route 30
Laughlintown, PA
724-238-4983
www.compassinn.com

For another ride into the past – you can go back even further in history with a stop at the Compass Inn Museum near Ligonier. Built in 1799, this restored stagecoach stop features a glimpse into “transportation and everyday life in the early 1800s.” A tour of the museum includes a look at the original inn as well as a cookhouse, blacksmith shop and barn with an authentic stagecoach and Conestoga wagon.

Fort Pitt Museum

101 Commonwealth Pl #2
Pittsburgh PA 15222
412-281-9284
www.fortpittmuseum.org

Celebrate the significant role that Pittsburgh played in shaping our nation with a visit to the historic Fort Pitt Museum at Point State Park downtown. Located where the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers meet the mighty Ohio, the Fort Pitt Museum helps paint the picture of our region’s pivotal role during the French & Indian War and the American Revolution through artifacts, interactive exhibits and lifelike figures.

The Father Mollinger Museum

St. Anthony’s Chapel
1704 Harpster Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
www.saintanthonyschapel.org

The faithful making a pilgrimage to St. Anthony’s Chapel in Troy Hill to see over 5,000 sacred relics and the hand-carved, life-sized Stations of the Cross, may want to stop by the Father Mollinger Museum. “This quaint museum.. is often the most overlooked resource on any visit to our Chapel,” says the St. Anthony’s Chapel website. The museum houses personal artifacts relating to Suitbert Godfrey Mollinger’s life “as a Doctor of Medicine, Pharmacist, Priest and Wonder Worker.”

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