Located approximately 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Pittsburgh, in O'Hara Township, the Bayernhof Music Museum features many popular as well as rare musical instruments from the 19th and 20th Centuries. Apart from this, it also displays various ephemera and artifacts related to music. The museum is housed within an old German mansion that overlooks the Allegheny River. Open all week, the Bayernhof Museum makes for an interesting visit.
Located just about 3 miles (4.9 kilometers) from Downtown Pittsburgh, Mount Washington is primarily an imposing hill overlooking the river valley. From here, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and its bridges. Home to many thriving businesses and popular restaurants, Mount Washington is often ranked amongst the most scenic places in the United States.
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History rivals similar institutions in larger cities like New York and London. The museum makes for a great day out with the kids, and the surrounding area also offers many attractions. Exhibits have included displays on the Amazon rainforest, ancient Egypt, African and North American wildlife and the perennial favorite for kids as well as adults, dinosaurs.
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 the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Located in the historic side of Pittsburgh, this aviary has a treasury of beauty in store. Come by to enjoy wildlife in the lovely woods of North Pittsburgh. This place houses more than 600 rare and endangered species of birds. Witness various flight atriums, bird-related exhibits, and demonstrations. Take a break from your TV set and get your children along to do some real bird-watching and learn more about nature and these lovely creatures. Home to more than six hundred birds, the National Aviary is the only one of its kind being given the "national" status.
The Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers meet here to form the Ohio River. Found within this 36-acre (15-hectare) park are several French and British forts from the late 18th Century. Also on site is the famous fountain that shoots streams of water 150 feet (46 meters) high, and has become a symbol of the city. Its July 4th fireworks extravaganza draws massive crowds.
The Fourth Avenue Historic District was once a thriving commercial hub of the city. The district still features many historic buildings that are a part the area's history. PGP Place, Allegheny County Office Building, Dollar Bank, Grant Building are few of the many buildings that are still intact. It featured in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
The history of the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh can be traced all the way back to 1773. The congregation originally gathered for prayer and worship within a simple log structure, before its growing size could no longer be accommodated within the humble structure. The current church building was constructed in 1903 and is the fourth to have been built for the First Presbyterian Church. Although the building itself is replete with elegant and intricate architectural details, what it is best known for is its impressive collection of over 250 stained glass and leaded windows.Most notable of these are the 13 windows designed and installed by the Tiffany studios, and known for their intricate detail, vivid colors and realistic depictions. Guided tours of the church are conducted each Sunday after the 10:45a service, and group bookings can be made as well. Although a popular tourist destination, the church is first and foremost an active place of worship, where faith in Christ and belief in the Bible as God's word form the basis for all worship. Through worship and prayer, the church members strive to over come their inherent human faults and live a life that is dedicated to the welfare of others.
Each of the six beautiful Allegheny County Parks provides various recreational activities to people of all ages. The Boyce Park is a downhill skiing location—it also has a wave pool and can be booked for various outdoor events. The White Oak Park has a wedding garden, a children's playground and also features the famous Angora Gardens. Go golfing, boating or scouting in the scenic Hartwood Gardens, or play soccer or visit an exhibition at the North Park. If all these seem like too much action, just walk your dog at one of the parks and sit by the lake to read a book! Check the website for more details.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is responsible for transforming the art and theater scene in the city. This Trust has encouraged and taken initiative to bring about all forms of art and have been pioneers in motivating thousands of students to follow their artistic dreams. They have brought about cultural development of the city and helped showcase performing arts events and visual exhibitions of great caliber and have aided comprehensive education of students.
The convergence of three rivers that make up Pittsburgh became a hotly contested site in the 1750s during the French and Indian War. The blockhouse that stands on the site of the ruined Forts Duquesne and Pitt was built in 1764, and is the only portion of the forts left standing. Part of Fort Pitt was reconstructed for a museum and provides an interesting look at life during the 18th Century in an unsettled land.