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Arts Encounters

Free trips to arts events for Pitt undergrads.

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Free Visits Program

Experience Pittsburgh's unique art scene while studying at Pitt! Present your valid Pitt Oakland Student ID during the academic year for free visits to these amazing museums. Free Visits are suspended during the summer months!

The Andy Warhol Museum

117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

The Andy Warhol MuseumThe Andy Warhol Museum is constantly redefining itself in relation to contemporary life, using its unique collections and dynamic, interactive programming as tools. Learn more about the life and art of the era of Andy Warhol.

The Warhol is just a quick bus ride to the North Shore of Pittsburgh. To get there: Ride free with your PITT ID! Take a bus downtown and walk across the Warhol Bridge.


Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History

4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural HistoryThe Carnegie Museum of Art offers a distinguished collection of paintings, sculptures, sketches and more, dating from the 1600s to the present. In the same building is the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's, recent renovations have resulted in the spectacular exhibit Dinosaurs in Their Time.


To get there: The museums are right across Forbes Avenue from the Cathedral of Learning.


The Mattress Factory Art Museum

500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Mattress FactoryMattress Factory is a museum of contemporary art that commissions exhibits and collects site specific installations. It is one of the few of its kind anywhere in the world,
and it is right here on the North Side of Pittsburgh.


To get there: Ride free! Take the 54 and walk to Mattress Factory.


Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical GardensPhipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens brings together the finest in horticulture, education and art. With 17 distinct botanical experiences, encounter something of the secret life of plants and glimpse one of the world's greenest public gardens. From seasonal flower shows to classes to special exhibits, something’s always blooming at Phipps!


To get there: Right in Oakland, just across from Schenley Park.


Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center

1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center

Experience more than 250 years of Western Pennsylvanian history! At the Heinz History Center, you can access some of the most compelling exhibits. Step inside a 1790s log cabin, discover how immigrants shaped the steel industry of this region, learn about local sites of the Underground Railroad, and much more.

To get there: Ride free! Take any 61 or 71 bus inbound. Exit the bus at 6th Ave and Bigelow Square. Walk west on 6th. Take a right onto Grant and then a left on 11th St.
Make a right on Smallman.


Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum

4141 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center

Soldiers & Sailors offers a unique look into American history, and explores the evolution of equipment and technology as well as the effects that military conflicts have had on society. The museum's collections span art from the mid 1900's to cultural artifacts of today.

To get there: Right across the street from the William Pitt Union on the Fifth Avenue side.