The Carnegie Museum of Art (and Library) is located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, and was founded in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie wanted a place to house the development and progress of pictorial art. These works were originally housed in the Library (whose main campus is still attached to the museum) before being moved into their own institution in 1907.
When visiting the art museum and the library, you cannot help but recognize how intricately these buildings have become a part of the hustle and bustle of every day city life. From the outside they seem to be thrown a bit haphazardly into the middle of a typical, American, college neighborhood (complete with cheap and delicious, Chinese, American, Italian, Japanese, and Mexican restaurants galore).
Upon entering (and paying the $10-25 entrance fee), you find a truly remarkable display of appreciation for aesthetics. The top two things on my list of things that cannot be missed are the Hall of Sculpture and the Scaife Gallery, which houses and incredible collection of impressionist pieces. Truly your trip would be wasted if you missed the opportunity to stand among these stunning displays.
The Scaife Gallery boasts a number of incredible paintings from the most renowned Impressionist artists, my favorite being the one below by Monet. It is nearly impossible to leave the Carnegie Museum of Art without feeling as though you have just been a witness to a major undertaking inspired by Andrew Carnegie himself to bring culture, art, and beauty to the people of Pittsburgh.
By Kylie Elliott