Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History

Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History

Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History
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We are open by appointment only. Please call us to set up your tour! Photo Antiquities Museum of Photograph History exhibits the history of photography from 1821-present.There are rotating exhibits as well as permanent exhibits.There is over 2000 cameras on display and the new exhibit is Lincoln in Pittsburgh which opened May 2017-April 2018.
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Seth S
Springfield, OR6 contributions
Family
Did not expect much from such a small building in a rough part of town. Was very pleasantly surprised.

The proprietor, whose name I did not catch, gave a personal tour exploring the history of photography. He was very knowledgeable on the subject.

Had a later engagement I couldn’t miss, but could have easily spent hours taking in the nuances of this collection.
Written September 20, 2021
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Jan W
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Bruce has an amazing one of a kind collection of cameras and various photos that date back to the beginning of photography. His tour provides a unique window into the history of photography with various artifacts to demonstrate the process and the result. You must call ahead to book the tour. It is a very reasonable $10 per person. You will not see a tour like this anywhere else. So if you are photography buff, you must take this tour.
Written April 4, 2022
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shannonthecanon
St. George, UT4 contributions
Friends
I can't believe no one has written about this amazing museum! Great for ANYONE interested in photography and/or history. For only $10 you get to see hundreds of old cameras of various different formats, even old movie cameras! You get to see tintypes, daguerreotypes, albumen prints, carte de visites, old mug shots and old photographs of Pittsburgh! There is SO much to see and totally worth the money!!!
Written July 12, 2013
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Emily S
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States1 contribution
Family
My family and I just visited the Museum and had a great afternoon despite the subzero weather outside. Frank the curator is a wealth of information. He has amassed not only an amazing camera and film collection but also a mind blowing collection of photographs. His exhibit of Pittsburgh photos was particularly intriguing. He has pictures of Kennywood from back in the day and the Strip District when it was just a shanty town during the Great Depression. He can tell you about local legends in the photos as well as the photographers, many of whom he knew personally. This museum is a great quick look into the art and science of photography while giving you a look at a quirky, interesting and far reaching collection of photos themselves. We were shocked we had missed out on such a great find on our many previous visits to Pittsburgh. Make sure you go if you have the chance.
Written January 9, 2014
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Halsterius
23 contributions
Couples
I've never written a negative review, but I just can't avoid doing it this time.

My wife and I drove into Pittsburgh and paid for 3 hours of parking because I am a history buff and had heard about the great collection of antiquities at the museum.

When we arrived at the museum, it was clear to us that the person behind the counter wasn't particularly happy with us and that we were inconveniencing him.

We looked at the rather impressive Lincoln display (which was not what originally drew us to the museum) but were not offered the opportunity to see the rest of the museum's collection. Instead, we simply left, rather disappointed, and the man behind the counter quickly locked the door behind us.

I wanted to be fair with the museum (since it's not my practice to simply post negative reviews) and I contacted the museum by telephone. I explained what had happened and expressed my disappointment. The person that I was talking with said, "Well, you HAVE to admit that the Lincoln display is impressive!" I agreed, and then asked why my wife and I were not given the opportunity to see the rest of the museum. I was told that if I came back into Pittsburgh, repaid the parking fee, and paid the admission fee once again - we would be given a tour of the rest of the museum.

We will NOT be back! We already took time to travel into Pittsburgh, paid for parking, and paid the museum's fee for admission once - and, frankly, I would rather spend my time and money somewhere else!

Sadly disappointed!
Written June 18, 2017
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hold_the_meat_please
Oak Ridge, TN157 contributions
Couples
Was not aware of this museum until we arrived in Pittsburgh and I saw it listed in a local magazine. Since I had just read an interesting book about early photography, I wanted very much to see it. According to their website, they were open Monday and Wednesday thru Saturday. It also said sometimes they were out on appointments so to call ahead. I called Monday morning. The recorded message said that they are NO LONGER OFFERING WALK-IN TOURS, but you could arrange a tour in advance. I left a message, but it was never returned. I called back later in the day, but still got the recorded message. Very sorry to have missed this museum. If I had known about them, I would have contacted them a week earlier and arranged a tour. I suggest to anyone who wants to visit, call well ahead of time to make an appointment.
Written July 27, 2014
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CarolynQ63
Huddleston, VA111 contributions
The owner of this museum is very knowledgeable and will give you a personalized tour. The place is packed for of photos, many of them of historical Pittsburgh, as well as photography memorabilia
Written January 26, 2020
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Bruce R
28 contributions
Friends
We stopped in and walked around and owners very friendly. Lot of things to look at and run you down memory lane. If you visit here you MUST GO TO PRIORY BAKERY. Bakery is across the street. I grew up close to Pittsburgh and this bakery was full of cookies and pastries of the area.
Written December 20, 2018
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Sightseer55
Greenville, OH18 contributions
Family
As a photographer, had to check this out. Good history lesson and displays of old photography. Would have liked to spent more time looking around but once guide was finished, out you go.
Written July 9, 2018
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chemie71
Pittsburgh, PA367 contributions
Couples
My husband and I visited on a Friday afternoon. We originally purchased the Groupon but upgraded so that we can see the upstairs as well. It was well worth doing!
The Lincoln exhibit was switched out for an Aviation exhibit. We both thoroughly enjoyed it. I had no idea that Western PA had such an aviation presence!

The upstairs was wonderful! If you are interested in photography or the history of Pittsburgh shown through a camera lens, you must visit. I think they had every camera ever invented, though don't quote me on that. Lol.
We loved seeing the old photographs and wondering who they were and what their story is.

Get on over there! It's definitely worth your time!
Written July 8, 2018
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