By Kim Ravenda / Edited by Andrea Bosco
Andrew Carnegie, Pittsburgh industrialist and founder of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, once said, “Pittsburgh entered the core of my heart when I was a boy and cannot be torn out.” One expression of his passion for the city was his investment in the Carnegie Museums in 1895. They were purposely created as places for exploration and evolution during a time when Pittsburgh was clouded by smokestack emissions and fueled by the industrial boom of the 1800s. Today, Carnegie would be gratified to see that Pittsburgh has transformed from the Rust Belt poster child to a world-class metropolis, rich with an ever-expanding repertoire of diversity and culture. His vision lives on as his museums continue to expand and serve as an embodiment for the city he so dearly loved.
Celebrating its 120th anniversary, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh continues to offer a wide variety of exhibitions that serve to educate young people and attract lifetime learners of all ages. “When you look at the four museums, you can see the strong connection they have with our community,” says Susie Shipley, president, Huntington Bank Pittsburgh & Ohio Valley Region. “At Huntington, we are proud to support the Carnegie Museums’ mission to educate and inspire as the Pittsburgh region’s home for great art and science exploration.”
This month, each museum is launching must-see exhibitions that demonstrate the institution’s commitment to offer entertaining and educational experiences to a broad range of audiences. At the Carnegie Museum of Art, the compelling She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World exhibition opens on May 30. Carnegie Museum of Natural History opens two new exhibitions this month — Animal Secrets and Out of this World: Jewelry from the Space Age. The Pearlstein, Warhol, Cantor: From Pittsburgh to New York exhibition opens on May 29 at The Andy Warhol Museum, the global keeper of Andy Warhol’s legacy. And, on May 15, Carnegie Science Center introduces the award-winning film “D-DAY: NORMANDY 1944” at its Rangos Omnimax Theater, a four-story, state-of-the-art IMAX Dome venue.
“I keep discovering new reasons to be excited about the work being done at these four wonderful museums, where curious people come to explore all kinds of contemporary issues through the arts and sciences,” says Jo Ellen Parker, president and CEO of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh since last August. “Each individual museum is a treasure, and over the past 120 years, collectively, they’ve become an unparalleled resource for a city that so obviously loves and embraces its cultural heritage. We are thrilled to be celebrating our 120th anniversary and are excited to further the success of each museum as a place for exploration.”
From June through August, the Carnegie Museums also offer a variety of fun-filled, educational summer camps. At the Museum of Art, children receive hands-on instruction with professional art materials and access to one of the world’s great art collections. The Museum of Natural History lets campers see what it takes to be a world explorer and learn the tools of the trade alongside museum scientists. Camps at the Science Center give kids a chance to investigate science careers, experiment with roller coasters, build a bridge, and more. And for the first time ever, campers will be having summer fun at The Warhol, which is now offering a variety of camp experiences — from working with visiting artists to designing art for a cause.