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A Collegiette’s Guide To Museums: From Pittsburgh to New York

       
   Now, I think that I went to just about every single major museum in the city of New York, and it was absolutely wonderful.  I’ll make a list for you lovely readers and tell you my favorites, and least favorites, of each spot:

1.MOMA- Ah, you just can’t go wrong here.  If you’re an Art History major, you should go the next weekend that you feel bored.  Seriously.  I could spend my whole day in here, reading and rereading all the little plaques and descriptions.  However, there always seems to be way too many people packed into the building… I spent some time here over spring break, and even ate lunch at the café.  I’m not usually one to eat in museum cafes, but I happen to love this particular one.  Maybe it’s just because I get to be eating so close to art…
 
2. The Museum of Natural History- Now I’m going to start out by telling you the reasons that my boyfriend and I went here on spring break.  One is that we had a ticket since we bought a City Pass (gives you tickets to all the major museums for an amazing price).  The other is that he wanted me to face my fear of whales.  Yes, I admit it I am scared of whales.  Really, it’s just the life-sized whale that’s hanging from the ceiling in the museum’s hall of Ocean Mammals that freaks me out.  Really, don’t make fun of me until you go.  When you do, I hope you love it as much as I do.  My favorite is all the halls of the mammals.  Each little scene is so cute and makes me want to run home and make a diorama. 
 
3. The Whitney Museum-  This was one stop I wasn’t expecting to make, but I was glad I did.  The art wasn’t my favorite, but I still appreciated looking at all the pieces.  There were a few that were a bit too modern for me to understand, and others that I absolutely loved.  I didn’t expect to see Eva Hesse’s work.  She is up there on my list of favorite artists.
 
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So I’ve given you the rundown on some New York museums to see, but have you gone to see what’s right on Campus yet?  I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday, and he told me that he has never been to any of the museums in Pittsburgh except for the Carnegie Museum of Art.  My reaction to this statement: “WHAT?!?!”
 
For those of you who are unaware, we have quite a bit of cool stuff in Pittsburgh to go to.  And if you go to Pitt, you get in for free (during the school year).  Cue in another list:
 
1. The Andy Warhol Museum- Ok, so let me start by saying that everywhere I go in the US, I see Andy Warhol prints.  So why not go see the whole museum dedicated to him that’s just a bus ride away?  Oh, and there are always fun parties and concerts being thrown in the museum at night which are well worth going to

2. The Mattress Factory- Since I’m a huge fan of installation art, this is one of my favorites.  It’s smaller than other museums, so it won’t take too long to walk through.  Please, before you graduate, GO HERE.  Plus, it’s in a pretty artsy neighborhood that’s full of fun painted houses and awesome people.

3. The Carnegie Museum of Art- I know that you have to at least know the location of this museum.  I also know that many of you have already been here, but how many times?  It’s free to get in, so why not go more often?  If you’re bored on a rainy day or don’t feel like roaming Oakland, roam the galleries.  It’s quiet, empty, and something different to do. 
 
Well there you have it.  There are also a bunch of smaller independent galleries in the city that are having openings or mini parties.  So check them out!  Really, you don’t have to go all the way to New York to feel artsy.

*Note: This article was previously published on our site but only for a short time. We decided to bring it back and give you all the opportunity to read about the awesome museums in Pittsburgh and New York! 

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