Pittsburgh Art + Architecture Tour

The Andy Warhol Museum

The Andy Warhol Museum is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world with over 12,000 works by Andy Warhol. Located in the city of Warhol’s birth, The Warhol presents provocative and challenging exhibitions and programming that explore all that art can and should be.

Image Credits

The Andy Warhol Museum – exterior, photo by Ric Evans. The Andy Warhol Museum – guests in gallery, photo Terry Clark

The Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory is a museum of contemporary art that presents art you can get into — room-sized environments, created by in-residence artists. Located in the historic Mexican War Streets of Pittsburgh’s North Side since 1977, the Mattress Factory is one of few museums of its kind anywhere.

Image Credits

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Dots Mirrored Room, 1996

Falling Water

Fallingwater is recognized today as arguably Frank Lloyd Wright’s finest work and the last Wright house with its setting, original furnishings and artwork intact. Edgar Kaufmann Jr., son of the house’s patron, entrusted Fallingwater and land around it to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in 1963.

Image Credits

Courtesy Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Kentuck Knob

Kentuck Knob, also known as the Hagan House, is a residence designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Located in rural Stewart Township near the village of Chalk Hill, Pennsylvania, Kentuck Knob is 45 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and just a few miles from Wright’s Fallingwater.

Image Credits

Photograph by Robert P. Ruschak

Traveling by Car Itinerary

Day One

  • 7:00 a.m.

    Lodging:

  • 12:00 p.m.

    Lunch Suggestions:

    Must-see:

    • Stop in Ohiopyle State Park to see the waterfall and take the 40 minute loop trail at Ferncliff Penninsula to see stunning river views.
  • 2:00 p.m.

    Kentuck Knob:

    • Arrive at Kentuck Knob for an afternoon tour. Please note: tours of Kentuck Knob require advance reservations, but can be made and purchased simultaneously with Fallingwater tickets by clicking here.

    Must-see:

    • Don't miss the incredible outdoor sculpture collection at Kentuck Knob and be sure to catch a cup of tea in the Greenhouse Café.
  • 4:00 p.m.

    Fallingwater:

    • Take an in-depth tour of Fallingwater. Please note: advanced tickets are essential and may be made online by clicking here.

    Must-see:

    • Be sure to ask many questions of your tour guides as they are experts on the house and Frank Lloyd Wright. Don't miss the fantastic store and certified green Fallingwater Café, or the short trail to the iconic viewing points for photos.

    Dinner Ideas:

    • Enjoy the incredible view and an early supper on the grand porch of the historic Summit Inn Resort (Route 40, 3 miles east of Uniontown).
    • The Stone House, Chalk Hill, Pa.
    • Helen's at Seven Springs
    • Out of the Fire, Donegal, BYOB, (reservations a must)
    • Tree Tops at Polymath Park, Donegal, Pa.

Day Two

Departure

Traveling by Air Itinerary

Day One

  • 9:00 a.m.

    Originating Flight:

    • Arrive at JFK/LGA/EWR Airport
    • Nonstop flights to Pittsburgh depart frequently on Delta, JetBlue, USAirways and United
  • 11:15 a.m.

    Arrival in Pittsburgh:

    • Arrive at PGH Airport
    • Rental car desks are on the lower level near baggage claim. Companies include: Alamo | Avis | Budget | Dollar | Enterprise | Hertz | National | Payless | Thrifty - For more information: http://www.pitairport.com/car_rental
  • 12:15 p.m.

    The Andy Warhol Museum:

    Must-see:

    • Special exhibitions, permanent collection, daily film and video screenings in theater, make-your-own screen test and silkscreen printing. And don't forget to stop by The Warhol Café for a light lunch.
    • For more ideas, click here.
  • 3:15 p.m.

    The Mattress Factory:

    Must-see:

    • Permanent collection, including extraordinary pieces by James Turrell and Yayoi Kusama, funky museum store and hip café.

    Dinner Suggestions:

    Lodging Suggestions:

Day Two

  • 10:00 a.m.

    Fallingwater

    • Travel via taxi or rental car to Fallingwater. Please note: tours of Fallingwater run on pre-determined schedules. Reservations are strongly suggested ahead of time and may be made online by clicking here.

    Must-see:

    • Be sure to ask many questions of your tour guides as they are experts on the house and Frank Lloyd Wright. Don't miss the fantastic store and café, or the short trail to the iconic viewing point for photos.

    Lunch Suggestions:

  • 1:30 p.m.

    Kentuck Knob:

    • Travel via taxi or rental car to Kentuck Knob. Please note: tours of Kentuck Knob also require reservations, but can be made and purchased simultaneously with Fallingwater tickets by clicking here.

    Must-see:

    • Don't miss the incredible collection of outdoor sculpture at Kentuck Knob and be sure to catch a cup of tea in the Greenhouse Café.
  • 3:30 p.m.

    Travel via taxi or rental car to PGH Airport

  • 5:30 p.m.

    Arrive at PGH Airport for return flight.

Traveling by Public Transport Itinerary

Day Two

Day Three

  • 10:00 a.m.

    The Andy Warhol Museum

  • 12:30 p.m.

    Lunch at The Warhol Café

  • 1:30 p.m.

    Mattress Factory

    • Taxi or bus route 15 to the Mattress Factory, visit main building at 500 Sampsonia and also walk around neighborhood to see 516 Sampsonia (Chiharu Shiota) and 1414 Monterey (permanent installations by various artists)
  • 4:00 p.m.

    Dinner

    Depart Pittsburgh

    • Bus routes 8, 13, 16, 17 to downtown to catch bus home from Greyhound Terminal