Rossier's Art Gallery houses paintings and prints by local and internationally recognized artists. Pieces feature a range of subjects, from landscapes, florals, and wildlife to sports and vistas of Pittsburgh’s sweeping savannahs. The staff also curates an extensive collection of household decor, such as wire sculptures, glass art, and paperweights. But one of the gallery's most creative spheres is its custom-framing department. Customers bring their own artwork and family portraits to be encircled by Rossier's sophisticated array of frames, but they don't stop at the two-dimensional. The staff is equally adept at framing memorabilia such as sports jerseys, medals, and military flags.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh delights children with hands-on learning and interactive exhibits that allow kids to interact with real stuff and do things they wouldn't normally do, such as hammer a nail, build a circuit, and ink a silkscreen. The museum welcomes nearly 250,000 visitors annually, encouraging them to explore its interactive permanent-exhibit areas, which include The Studio, Theater, Waterplay, Nursery, Backyard, and MAKESHOP.
MAKESHOP invites young minds and hands to tinker with sewing machines, woodworking, and electronics. Kids craft boats and build fountains in the nearby Waterplay exhibit, and in the Studio they form clay, paint portraits, and create paper from recycled-newspaper pulp. Infants, toddlers, and their families can play in the Nursery, where they build wooden train systems and then roll their trains around, comb colored sand with hand tools atop lighted tables, and ride a seesaw whose motion generates water bubbles.
The museum’s award-winning, three-story center building is screened by a shimmering wind sculpture and connects two historic structures—the Allegheny Post Office Building and the Buhl Building. In 2006, it became a certified green building and was honored by the American Institute of Architects and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2011, the museum was named one of the 10 Best Children’s Museums in the nation by Parents magazine.
One of Pittsburgh’s well known landmarks, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum has stood as a testament to veterans from Western Pennsylvania for more than 100 years. The Greco-Roman Revival structure designed by renowned architect Henry Hornbostel houses a concert hall, a ballroom, and museum exhibits featuring military themed artifacts and personal mementos. The museum includes the Hall of Valor, which honors local veterans who have gone above and beyond the call of duty while in action. The Gettysburg Room exhibit houses artifacts from the famous battle including objects that belonged to General Gouverneur K. Warren, known as the “Hero of Little Round Top”.
Size: Big enough for exhibits on topics from military gear to the iconic "We Can Do It!" campaign, plus general-use rooms like the remarkable Grand Ballroom.
Eye Catcher: The uniforms on exhibit, which documents the evolution of military uniform from the Civil War through modern operations in Iraq.
Permanent Exhibit: Throughout the museum is miltary-themed art, which features mediums such as stained glass and oil paint. One painting, dubbed the "Cavalry Charge of Colonel Schoonmaker," depicts the colonel riding into battle astride a white horse.
Don't Miss: The Hall of Valor, which is filled with nearly 700 members honoring local veterans and military heroes. Many of them have earned honors from the Silver Star to the Medal of Honor.
It's not easy to imagine what 550 display tanks and 20,000 gallons of water looks like in one place. But those are the impressive figures are Aqua World, where
living inside it all are hundreds of species of fish, amphibians, and reptiles. But they're not all there just for show, either. Every tank and its inhabitants—from colorful fish and turtles on down to the designer coral they swim through—is for sale. The shop's experts specialize in the care of freshwater and saltwater fish, reptiles, birds, and other small animals, and the lend their expertise to every customer's questiona. They also carry all the unique foods, toys, accessories, and products an owner needs to care for their animals, including water additives, medicines, and articles on what to do if you accidentally let your fish watch The Truman Show.