As Pitt students, you are not just a part of the campus community, you are a member of the Pittsburgh family! Whether you are coming from five minutes away or five hours, there are plenty of hidden gems and “must try’s” in the Oakland and Greater Pittsburgh area! Check out the categories below for information and links to Pittsburgh resources!
Senator John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum
Devoted to the history and heritage of Western Pennsylvania, the History Center is Pennsylvania’s largest history museum. The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, a museum-within-a-museum located on the History Center’s second and third floors, celebrates Western Pennsylvania’s unsurpassed sports legacy. Take a virtual look at their exhibitions!
Frick Art and Historical Center
Experience art, history, and nature in a welcoming environment at the Frick family's 19th-century residence. Take a virtual tour!
Carnegie Museum of Art
CMOA collects, preserves, and presents artworks from around the world to inspire, sustain, and provoke discussion, and to engage and reflect multiple audiences.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Carnegie Museum of Natural History is among the top natural history museums in the country. It generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures.
Carnegie Science Center
The Carnegie Science Center inspires and entertains by connecting science and technology with everyday life. In addition to providing valuable scientific experiences, Carnegie Science Center engages in outreach programs that serve Pittsburgh’s diverse community.
Andy Warhol Museum
The Andy Warhol Museum holds the largest collection of Warhol’s artworks and archival materials. Free admission is offered to Pitt students with Valid ID. Learn about the newest exhibition and the Pop Art Up tent.
The Mattress Factory is not your typical museum. You won't find any cavernous white galleries or imposing security guards here. In fact, some of its spaces might feel more like a home than a museum! That's because installations are artworks that are site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space. Check out some of the virtual experiences!
Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures
The mission of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures is to connect celebrated authors with the community, elevate civic discourse, and inspire creativity and a passion for the literary arts. They also offer student discounts.
Arcade Comedy Theater is a non-profit theater organization located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District that produces, presents, and educates in the art of comedy.
Pittsburgh Public Theatre
The mission of Pittsburgh Public Theater is to provide artistically diverse theatrical experiences of the highest quality. On the third Thursday of each month, starting in September, they’re presenting a virtual reading of a classic play adapted by (mostly) Pittsburgh playwrights. These performances will occur virtually for a suggested donation of $10.00. To see the full schedule, visit www.ppt.org/playtime.
Presenting contemporary art in craft materials by international, national, and regional artists, Contemporary Craft offers innovative exhibitions focused on multicultural diversity and contemporary art, as well as a range of hands-on workshops, community outreach programs, and a store.
PGH Bike Share/Healthy Ride
Pittsburgh Bike Share owns and operates Pittsburgh’s public bike-sharing system named Healthy Ride. Healthy Ride is designed to provide an active transportation option for residents, students, and visitors of Pittsburgh. Check out the latest Pittwire article regarding Healthy Ride's free 30-minute rides for Pitt students!
ASCEND fosters a holistic, community-based, climbing, and fitness experience. A 10% discount will be offered to anyone with a Pitt ID. View the drone tour ASCEND put together for Pitt here!
Venture Outdoors is a member-supported local nonprofit organization working to make it easy for you to get outside. They offer public, custom, and youth trips year-round that introduce people to the benefits of outdoor recreation. Stuck inside? Try a virtual outdoor experience. Also check out the Venture Outdoors College Program Information
As a member of the GNC Student Rush Mobile Alert Club students receive a text prior to each game with a link to purchase discounted tickets & a chance to win 2 tickets: www.pittsburghpenguins.com/rush. Follow them on social media for frequent game updates and giveaways!
You are invited to discover Pittsburgh—Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are ready to welcome you with a variety of fantastic attractions and places to visit. Get started by perusing the 2020 Pittsburgh Official Visitors Guide. Take an award-winning virtual tour of the city or a virtual scavenger hunt. Or check out some of Pittsburgh's hidden gems.
Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is open and pleased to welcome you to the city. Plan your visit at https://www.pittsburghzoo.org/plan-your-visit/ or bring the zoo home to you. Check out the video the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium put together for Pitt students!
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Through the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the people of our region will develop the literacies and connections that support individual achievement and strengthen the power of community. Learn about virtual services here.
The National Aviary is America's only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated to birds and it's located right here in Pittsburgh's Northside neighborhood. Enjoy the opportunity to learn about all the unique and magnificent birds that reside at The Aviary from the safety of your home. From vultures to owls and the birds in your own backyard, there is so much to learn.
The goal of Street Lark is to tell the different stories of Pittsburgh(ers), so people can behold the city through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred Pittsburghs that each of them beholds. Feel free to take a Virtual Scavenger Hunt to explore around town and read the city blog to learn about some interesting people and places of Pittsburgh.
Kennywood is America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park, Enjoy a unique mix of classic rides and modern thrills, including seven roller coasters, a 14-ride Kiddieland, and several attractions that cannot be found anywhere else. Sandcastle Water Park features 15 waterslides, a wave pool, a lazy river, and two children play areas right in the heart of Pittsburgh. Win Kennywood tickets by playing the Amazing Race!
Pittsburgh's own ride-share experience. Get a $10 credit on your next ride. Download the app and enter the credit code GOPITT (expires 9/30).
Port Authority provides safe, reliable, and affordable public transportation throughout Allegheny County. Ride for free with your Pitt ID.
Oakland Business Improvement District
Browse Oakland's eclectic listings of the businesses that make Oakland the second downtown of Pittsburgh! Oakland is home to countless eateries representing cuisines from across the globe, an eclectic mix of independent boutiques and retailers offering unique selections, and top-notch professionals in the areas of healthcare, education, finance and more! Check out the directory here!