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Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 AM
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Our tour guide was amazing. We will definitely repeat a visit to this interesting place. We learned... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Columbus, Ohio
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We went to the Photo Antiquities Museum for free museum day. The man running it was very friendly... read more

Reviewed September 22, 2018
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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...more
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531 E Ohio St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5516
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed July 11, 2013

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...More

11  Thank shannonthecanon
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Reviewed June 18, 2017 via mobile

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...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our tour guide was amazing. We will definitely repeat a visit to this interesting place. We learned a lot and it's great for photo buffs!

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Reviewed September 22, 2018

We went to the Photo Antiquities Museum for free museum day. The man running it was very friendly and had an expanse of knowledge for photography. He had probably 300+ tin types to view and showed us his collection of cameras. The man was an...More

1  Thank E B
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

I stopped in out of curiosity and was glad I did. Be sure to let them know that you want to see the museum upstairs in addition to whatever rotating exhibit is on the main level. Frank was very knowledgeable and enjoyed explaining both the...More

Thank BriantheNomad
Reviewed July 30, 2018

Well, here it is.....one of those almost-hidden gems that you have to see to believe. It is the largest museum dedicated to nineteenth century photography in the country; however, don’t be fooled...they have plenty of twentieth century items as well. The museum consists of six...More

1  Thank Richard D
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Everything exceeded expectations!! The tour guide "Bruce" had excellent knowledge of photographic and camera history. The tour started off in chronological order with the history of the photograph and how it evolved through out the decades. The collection of cameras and photographs were all museum...More

1  Thank pjayklein
Reviewed July 9, 2018

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.

1  Thank sightseer55
Reviewed July 8, 2018

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....More

2  Thank chemie71
Reviewed June 30, 2018

Very quaint and unique museum. If you are interested at all in the history of photography, it is worth your time, as this is the focus of the museum. They carry nearly every type of photograph and have an impressive array of antique cameras. I...More

2  Thank whiteboy11
Reviewed February 21, 2018

What an unusual and interesting museum. Bruce was informative and engaging as he walked us through the history of photography, with hands-on examples. They have a sizable collection of hand-colored glass slides which are absolutely gorgeous. The Lincoln exhibit downstairs is very worthwhile, and although...More

1  Thank 535natep
Reviewed November 20, 2017 via mobile

Bruce our guide and founder is an outstanding teacher and historian. Our tour was customized to our interests and super informative. Interesting photos and equipment with a great guide at a reasonable price. Museum was a real gem

2  Thank Valerie H
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