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“Not My Cup Of Tea”

Carnegie Museum of Art
Ranked #21 of 180 things to do in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Create memories at Carnegie Museum of Art! Wander through an extensive art collection, including French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings, American art, and contemporary works. Creative kids, from toddlers to teenagers, love our hands-on art making activities, guided tours for families and more. Our new artist-designed playground is just the place to take a break!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed February 18, 2014

Art really isn't my thing but I'm still trying to give an objective review. During my visit there was a special exhibition going on which was entirely modern "art", so it dominated the exhibits. The once thing I did find interesting was the Hall of Architecture, mostly for it's historic significance. Admission is included with the Natural History Museum so you don't lose anything buzzing through the exhibits. I'd just prefer more artifacts that were artfully done; chairs, doors, sword sheaths, etc. as opposed to a TV on the floor with static on the screen surrounded by headless baby dolls. Who decided that was art?

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Reviewed January 20, 2014

We are locals, and would love to have a world class art museum. While things are improving, the museum still struggles to find a real identity. It could never compete with the Cleveland museum of fine art, but it could settle on what it wants to be. A typical collection that has a smattering of the whose, who of the art world (whether or not the examples are the best) and at least an effort to showcase craft (with the same random shotgun approach). The museum could learn a lot form the Atkins and other small museums that have small, but significant collections arranged in a manner that flows. In the Atkins, paintings, sculpture, furniture and craft all seamlessly transitioning in a manner that allows the viewer to appreciate the work. The Carnegie is still clinging to its walls, but does seem to realize that it needs to delve into its stored collection and rearrange things. Some of the changes have been for the worse and have lessened the impact of important pieces, but at least there is an attempt going on. The new director has also brought in some very good traveling exhibitions. If you are visiting the city and have limited time, do the Warhol instead, at least it is unique and you will see more than the same old. If you have kids,t hey might enjoy the Natural History Museum which is part of the building. Wish I could say better about our local art museum, we do have memberships and support it and we visit at least once a month, but compared to all the other museums we have visited, it falls so short.

1  Thank MigiMigi
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

A midle sized collection of second grade artists mingled with some second rate works by first rate artists. Many periods and schools even of their strengths are lacking in important artists

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Reviewed November 28, 2013

A note huge museum, so if you are limited by time, you can do a quick once over and then concentrate on your likes. I enjoyed the French Impressionist art and the period furniture. Worth a cab ride from downtown. The building itself is amazing. Make the effort to visit this wonderful museum. The café is good, too.

2  Thank EislerFan
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

Fine art and dinosaurs. Two of our favorites. This museum offered a wonderful collection of great paintings and sculpture over a several thousand year span. We spent most of the time in the art section. We only had about an hour remaining before we needed to leave. When we walked into the natural history/dinosaur area, I told my wife that we needed to come back. Aside from the bones, the presentations and lab required much more time to do the place justice. We also did not have time to see the Carnegie International exhibition of modern art. Hopefully, we will see more of this museum when we return to the area.

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