Carnegie Museum Of Art
4400 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
The Carnegie Museum of Art might be best remembered by the casual visitor for the casts of renaissance-era architecture that simply take your breath away. But the museum also has much more. Among the latest exhibits is “Ordinary Madness” which includes pieces of modern art that explore the contradictory nature of life. Another exhibit worth checking out is “Andre Kertesz: On Reading.” The 100 photographs on display illustrate how the pleasure of reading is universal.
Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman St.
The Senator John Heinz History Center is well-known for its unique focus on the history of Pittsburgh and has grown to include the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. And while the museums always have engaging artifacts on display, there’s even more to discover. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows on the third and fourth floors showcase a fantastic view of the Allegheny River.
St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Parish
24 Maryland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15209
This church near Millvale is well-known for its rich history and connection to the Croatian ethnic community in Pittsburgh. The murals on the walls, painted by Maxo Vanka in 1937, tell the story of the struggles the Croatians in Pittsburgh endured during the time, including “Croatian Immigrant Mother Raises Her Son For Industry” and “The Croatian Mother Raises Her Son For War.” Tours of the church are available, but call (412) 681-0905 for more information.
4734 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
At first thought, a cemetery typically doesn’t come to mind as a cultural gem, but the Allegheny Cemetery, founded in1844, is a hidden treasure. Located in Lawrenceville, the cemetery was designated a National Historic Landmark about 30 years ago. What’s appealing about the area is that it is chock full of history – the headstones tell stories of times past. Also, its 300 acres create a bucolic setting in an urban area. Tours are available.
To find more “Under The Radar Cultural Gems,” read the original article by Elaine Labalme for Pop City.