Randyland

Randyland, Pittsburgh: Hours, Address, Randyland Reviews: 4.5/5

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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Randyland is the home of artist, Randy Gilson. Located in the Mexican War Streets district of Pittsburgh's Northside, the Randyland courtyard is open most everyday between 10:00pm and 7:00pm. Visitors are welcome to come and explore the public art displays in and around the property. Using paints, plants, plastic animals, yard sale finds and discarded construction materials, creator Randy Gilson has transformed his home and surrounding buildings into a colorful Pittsburgh landmark. This vibrant set of buildings is a centerpiece that continues to attract both tourists and locals.
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RecreationV
New York City, NY357 contributions
May 2021
This was an odd collection of unusual and everyday items, thrown together and organized, painted and unpainted and just plain old fun to wander around in. A funky display of colorful art, in a backyard, that spills out onto the street. Not sure I appreciated the way everything was arranged, but certainly enjoyed Randy's concept of art. Would definitely recommend a stop here, doesn't have to be long, even just a few minutes can give you a 'taste'. And of course, if you're having fun, linger a bit longer.
Written July 19, 2021
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kelseybundra
151 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
I never heard of Randyland until my friend suggested we visit. This was a great idea. Randyland is free to the public but encourages donations. There is also merchandise on sale if wanted. These hodgepodged, brightly painted discarded items will put a twist on your trip. Take a load off on a bench and stay a while.
Written July 20, 2020
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Bill K
Spencerport, NY1,420 contributions
Jul 2021
Having a love of this type of art, I always enjoy seeing what can come out of the creative minds of people who rummage around finding objects and turning them into art. Randy Gilson is that type of person who took some abandoned buildings, some colorful paint, found objects and created a visual landscape where he invites us to enjoy.

I know I didn't see everything but from the chairs on the fire escape that reminded me of a ferris wheel, the found objects painted and assembled to look like flowers and lollipops and the many items the artists wants us to experience make this a magical place to visit.

Great for kids (signs remind parents to pick up there toys), couples and anyone with a fun spirit.

If you ever go to Pittsburgh, this is a place I would recommend to everyone to experience. It was hard for me to leave because I wanted to explore every inch but it was very busy that day and had a good drive to the motel. Well worth the trip!
Written July 8, 2021
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Laocoon51
New York City, NY11 contributions
Jun 2021
Randyland is near some very compelling places, in particular The National Aviary which is very impressive. Randyland is a humorous "junkyard", filled with oddities of little or no value. Randy himself is there, and frankly he is a bit of a distraction as he enjoys talking endlessly. Some people are reluctant to escape his attention as I assume that they do not want to be rude. While leaving, we ran into a local who lived less than a block away. We chatted for about 1/2 hour and he explained that the local community has mixed feelings about Randyland. On one level it is just a harmless oddity. On the otherhand, however, apparently tourists and others descend on Randyland on the weekends, blocking driveways, and otherwise annoying neighbors.
Written June 22, 2021
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Ari B
Pittsburgh, PA27 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
I finally went this summer to check Randyland. It is such a colorful place that feels you with energy. It is completely free, but you can leave a donation by the entrance. It’s a place made of recycling stuff or like people says….garbage!! There is so much placed in a particular way that make you smile everywhere you go. The entire building is decorated in the outside and the courtyard is where most of the stuff is for you to look at it or take as many pictures as you want. I recommend this place if you have time in your hands.
Written July 31, 2021
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Theresa P
Philadelphia, PA108 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
It was a house with trash that’s been painted by an “artist”. Worth a stop but I would hate it if this guy was my neighbor. Something to see. It’s free, donations accepted and there’s items to purchase. My friends loved it.
Written July 25, 2021
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI7,872 contributions
Jan 2021 • Solo
... has a lot more to offer in terms of things to do or sites to see. Actually, I'm sure of it. I guess I just don't get it about what's going on here. The most positive thing that comes to mind about Randyland is that it's a muddled piece of art that deserves to be looked at and photographed. I guess the concept deserves some credit as well - take unwanted items, repair, patch, paint, display them together. It doesn't look like any thought was put into the aesthetic of what was being created. It's like whatever came along made the plan. Nothing really sticks out in my mind of what I saw here. I'm looking at some of the pictures I took right now, and the thing I like the most here is not Randyland but the building across the street. Now that's an interesting and beautiful work of street art. Most important for me about this visit was I got out of the house for a little while and got some fresh air fresh. Need to get going on that as well for today.
Written January 23, 2021
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StefJax
Tampa, FL2,392 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
This is such a great and unique spot! Parking can be tough as it’s all street parking but stay patient. The spot is a a vibrant explosion of art and collectibles. Randy basically took other people’s trash and turned it in to treasure. Great spot for pictures and it’s donations only so the price is right!
Written January 4, 2020
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JSB1979
United States161 contributions
Aug 2021
Randyland is bright, exotic, and cheerful, but DON'T go with small kids unless you are really tolerant of them playing with things of uncertain cleanliness and/or your small children listen exceptionally well and won't play with toys if you tell them not to.

The signs at Randyland say "Please Do Not Touch," but the place is filled with plastic toys and other colorful things that children cannot resist. The toys are years old and seem not too clean. Some of the art & antiques are rusty. The whole area is also a sandbox.

Anyway, for older kids and adults Randyland is really fun and interesting, but if you have small kids, WATCH OUT!
Written August 25, 2021
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Eugenia Z
Manheim, PA58 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
We were disappointed with the place. It wasn’t worth a 4 hour trip to see it. We have been to places similar to it. Some of the things should have been thrown away. Randy’s idea to help the neighborhood is great. You can see the community is coming alive. If you are in Pittsburgh then go see it.
Written October 8, 2021
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