The DoubleTree is centrally located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. There are a variety of museums that guests can easily visit by walking, taking a taxi or using the T lightrail system. The lightrail’s Steel Plaza Station is just a two-minute walk away and can help guests reach North Sore attractions.
Originally opened in 1877 and restored in 1963, the Duquesne Incline features wooden cable cars and still operational vintage equipment. Historically minded visitors can check out the Incline’s museum at the upper station house. The top of the incline offers iconic views of Pittsburgh, and nearby are some of Pittsburgh’s top dining venues, such as the Monterey Bay Fish Grotto and Isabella on Grandview. Located adjacent to Station Square, it’s easy to get to by taking the T to Station Square for a modest fee.
Carnegie Science Center
The Carnegie Science Center features interactive exhibits, a planetarium, a huge Omnimax theater and frequent live shows highlighting the spectacular discoveries of science. The Carnegie Science Center offers fun and educational experiences for the entire family. From the DoubleTree Pittsburgh Downtown, simply hop on the complimentary T and exit at the Allegheny Station.
The Andy Warhol Museum
Explore the works of the father of American pop art (and Pittsburgh native) at the Andy Warhol Museum. The museum’s permanent collection contains over 8,000 works by Warhol, including paintings, photographs, drawings and more. After taking the T, exit at the North Side Station.
The Mattress Factory
Take a look at room-sized exhibitions created by contemporary artists from around the country and abroad at the Mattress Factory. The installations engage the senses using sophisticated techniques to draw viewers’ interest and immerse them in environments carefully crafted by the artists. Beside the Andy Warhol Museum and conveniently accessible from North Side Station, guests can easily make a museum day out of a trip to North Side.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh uses a “play with real stuff” design philosophy to create educational and entertaining hands-on exhibits that appeal to children’s creativity within a positive, secure environment. Simply take the T free of charge to the North Side Station.
The Senator John Heinz History Center
Get in touch with Pennsylvanian history by visiting the Senator John Heinz History Center. Six jam-packed floors contain artifacts and interactive exhibits that make history come alive. Located north of the hotel in the Strip District, the center is 15 minute walk from the DoubleTree, surrounded by a number of shops and restaurants.
Carnegie Museums of Art & Natural History
The Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History are adjoining museums in Oakland, within a couple blocks of Carnegie Mellon University. Historic buildings themselves, they house exhibits designed to intrigue everyone from the “highest critic” to the “humblest citizen.” The Museum of Art features many contemporary works of art as well as departments for furniture and decorative design, photography, and fine art. The Museum of Natural History showcases noted exhibits on dinosaurs, minerals, population impact, anthropological finds, and ecological dioramas.
For more museum recommendations, ask the concierge at DoubleTree Pittsburgh Downtown.