The main-stage of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Heinz Hall was built as an ornate movie theater in the late 1920s. It was only in 1971 that it was rechristened to its present name after a major renovation. Acoustically rich and adorned with elegant fittings, this grand venue also hosts comedy shows and other live performances. Besides the symphony orchestra's concerts, well-known artists such as Steely Dan, Amy Schumer and Jason Mraz have performed here in the past.
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.
Home to Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates, this ballpark, with its seating capacity of more then 38,000, has been entertaining thousands upon thousands of fans since 2001. It is considered one of the best facilities in the country. Once you are here, take the time to check out the imposing arches and brick exterior. Parking is ample around the ballpark.
As you walk into the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, you feel like you've been transported to another world. The lush tree cover and plants create a pleasant and calm atmosphere. The park offers a wide variety of educational programs teaching various methods to preserve the environment. It also offers grants to students wanting to pursue their studies in botany and other related fields. Moreover, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes which is found within the conservatory is environmentally sustainable, earning four stars from the Sustainable SITES Initiative.
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.
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.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust operates the Wood Street Galleries. The gallery is dedicated to bringing innovative, contemporary art to Pittsburgh. Much of the work on display is from national touring shows. The featured media ranges from video art to multimedia. Each show is usually on exhibit for about two months giving Pittsburghers ample opportunity to catch the latest show. The gallery is located in a triangle-shaped building above a downtown subway station. See website for exhibition schedule and more.
The O'Reilly Theatre was designed by architect Michael Graves and is now the home of the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. The glass and stone structure lights up Penn Avenue, which is decorated by modern outdoor sculptures; the 650-seat theater inside is designed in the "thrust configuration," meaning seats surround three sides of the stage. This arrangement lends for a very intimate theater experience. The Pittsburgh Public Theatre hosts classic productions, such as Shakespeare's "Macbeth," and more modern entertainment such as Chicago's famous comedy troupe, The Second City.