A visit to the Andy Warhol Museum promises excitement, inspiration, and a view into the endlessly interesting life and work of the artist himself. Opened in 1994, this world class institution is now one of the largest single-artist museums and holds the most comprehensive collection of Warhol’s works. Whether you’re a current or soon-to-be fan of the iconic artist, this impressive venue is worth a visit.
Warhol was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and it was important to the museum’s founders that the majority of his work be displayed there. A part of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Warhol Museum was a collaboration between the Carnegie Institute, Dia Art Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. They set out to provide an accessible destination for education about Warhol’s legend, including both his life and his art. The space strives to engage the public and incorporate youth and artists within the community through rotating exhibitions and opportunities for involvement.
At present, the Warhol contains paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, photography, and sketchbooks that span the entire length of the artist’s career. The video collection holds 350 preserved films, as well as the famous series Time Capsules; 610 containers that Warhol sealed and put into storage.
In addition to its impressive archives, the museum hosts rotating presentations, including an upcoming Youth Art Exhibition, which will showcase artwork inspired by Warhol from young people in the Pittsburgh area. It also hosts daily gallery talks, screenings, and Good Fridays, where doors are open until 10pm and offers half price admission as well as a cash bar beginning at 5pm. For the full list of exhibitions, as well as a calendar of events, be sure to check out the website here.
In an ongoing effort to engage the local community, the Warhol Museum has special programming for educators, teens, LGBTQ+, and independent artists and bands. You can also become a member of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and gain exclusive access to private functions, free admission, and discounts throughout the year. Learn more about varying levels of membership here.
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and provides discounted admission rates for students, seniors, and children, as well as half-price Friday rates. The Warhol Café and gift shop are also open during museum hours for your convenience. If you are a seasoned creative looking for inspiration or a newcomer to the world of art, the Warhol Museum is a truly enriching experience located walking distance from our community.
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Photo of Early Pop Gallery by © Abby Warhola