The history of pop art and 20th century modernism is highlighted in Andy Warhol Museum, located close to downtown Pittsburgh. His art is represented through a history of his family life in photographs, early work of silkscreen and paintings, self portraits and artist's perspectives.
The museum traces the artist's life from parental lineage to his later years. His art is exhibited through the early years and to the famous portraits of Campbell Soup, Marilyn Monroe and his self portraits.
Even if you are not a personal fan of Andy Warhol, the museum is a must-stop for those curious about contemporary art.
Seven floors of exhibits will keep your attention of pop and modern art. Displays include drawings, prints, paintings, sculpture, film and videos. In addition, an extensive archive is available for art students, historians and those researching about pop culture. In chronological order, the museum walks the visitor through the art pieces.
With a vast collection of Warhol, the exhibits are changed frequently to encourage repeat visitors and increase museum's attendance.
The museum store contains souvenirs of the artist, including dozen of books, images of his famous art on poster and Pittsburgh-type merchandise of magnets, cups and T-shirts. Crowded with souvenir hunters, it's a good way to gauge the ongoing revenues of the estate of Andy Warhol.
Lectures are offered every few hours. Consult the website for times to plan your visit efficiently.
In addition to the museum store, the location offers a cafe. With tourists prices, the cafe offers a menu to satisfy a hungry museum-goer.
Spending about two hours will give visitors a reasonable time frame to browse throughout the museum. Take the time to watch all the videos broadcasting throughout the building. The videos include snippets of Warhol's genius behind the art, interviews with celebrities and 1970s shows he hosted or produced during the late 20th century.
Admission for adults is $20, while students and children cost about $10. If you are visiting on Fridays, between 5 pm to 10 pm, the museum will charge half price admiision.
The Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5890
Tip A: Review the museum's website to check out docents' walking tours. It's a great way to hear the inside tips of the museum. Even better to hear it from a relative of Andy Warhol, like a nephew.
Tip B: Visit www.visitpittsburgh.com for updated events on Andy Warhol Museum.
Tip C: Participate in any on the on-hands activities such silk screening located in the basement of the museum. It gives the participant an overview of an artist's perspective through the different art mediums.