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Pittsburgh Events and Activities

At each year's convention, NeMLA sponsors activities in our local host city to show attendees all that the city has to offer, with cost of admission discounted for you thanks to NeMLA's sponsorship.

To tailor choices to members' desires, starting October 2018, please vote on the Pittsburgh activities you want NeMLA to sponsor in order to provide discounted tickets to 2018 convention attendees. Voting will be open to all members and registrant convention attendees. 

Keep checking this page for more updates over the summer and fall.

Museums and Galleries

August Wilson Center for African American Culture
980 Liberty Avenue

Opened in 2009, this modern facility includes multiple exhibition galleries, a 500-seat theater for performances in all genres, an education center for classes, lectures and hands-on learning, and dazzling spaces for community programs and events.  

Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky Street

The largest museum in the North America dedicated to a single artist, this seven-floor museum houses an extensive collection of art and the archives of Pittsburgh-born pop art icon Andy Warhol. The museum has 17 galleries, 900 paintings, 2,000 works on paper, 1,000 published unique prints, 77 sculptures, 4,000 photographs, and 4,350 Warhol films and videotaped works. Group tours are available.

The Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman St

A Smithsonian Institution affiliate and Pennsylvania's largest history museum, the Heinz History Center includes six floors of permanent and changing exhibitions that tell the story of Western Pennsylvaniain. The Center includes the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum and the Detre Library and Archives. 

Fort Pitt Museum
601 Commonwealth Place, Building B

Located in historic Point State Park, within walking distance of NeMLA's convention site at the Omni William Penn, this 12,000-square-foot museum tells the story of Western Pennsylvania's pivotal role during the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, and as the birthplace of Pittsburgh. First opened in 1969 in a reconstructed bastion, the Fort Pitt Museum provides visitors with a rich understanding of the world-changing events that occurred right here in Western Pennsylvania. Through interactive exhibitions, life-like historical figures, and recently added artifacts, visitors will learn the important role our region played in shaping the United States. The Fort Pitt Museum is part of the Heinz History Center.

The Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Ave

Founded in 1895, this museum holds a distinguished collection of contemporary art, including film and video works. The museum presents 15 changing exhibitions and 1,800 works annually, and its permanent collection includes 35,000 works in European and American decorative arts dating as far back as the late seventeenth century, works on paper, paintings, prints, sculptures, and installations. The museum has notably strong collections of both aluminum artifacts and chairs. The museum also features the Heinz Architectural Center and the Hillman Photography Initiative.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Ave

Founded in 1896, the museum maintains an international reputation for research and is ranked among the top five natural history museums in the United States. The museum holds 22 million specimens, of which about 10,000 are on view at any given time and about 1 million are cataloged in online databases. Its dinosaur collection includes the world's largest collection of Jurassic dinosaurs and its "Dinosaurs in Their Time" exhibition offers the third largest collection of mounted, displayed dinosaurs in the United States. Notable specimens include one of the world's only fossils of a juvenile Apatosaurus, the world's first specimen of a Tyrannosaurus rex, and a recently identified species of oviraptorosaur named Anzu wyliei. Other major exhibits include Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems, Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians, Polar World: Wyckoff Hall of Arctic Life, Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt, Benedum Hall of Geology, Dinosaurs in Their Time, and Powdermill Nature Reserve, established by the museum in 1956 to serve as a field station for long-term studies of natural populations.


The Hillman Library at the University of Pittsburgh
3960 Forbes Ave

NeMLA members' tour scheduled for Friday, April 13, 2018, 1-2 PM

The University of Pittsburgh's largest library, the Hillman houses 1.5 million volumes. Collections include the African-American Collection, the Alliance College Polish Collection, Archives of Scientific Philosophy, the Curtis Theater Collection, the East Asian Library, the Gertrude and Philip Hoffman Judaic Collection, the Japan Information Center, the Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection, and the Nesbitt Collection of Children's Literature. The Hillman Library also features a rotating selection of John James Audubon prints from the University of Pittsburgh's copy of The Birds of America, one of only 120 complete collections in existence. The library also features other graphic and sculptural works, some on loan from the Carnegie Museum of Art.

The Hunt Library at Carnegie Mellon University
4909 Frew St

Opened in 1961 thanks to the generosity of the Hunt family, this library includes the Ann Hayes Collection of her poems and manuscripts, the Anne Lyon Haight Collection with 300 editions of Twas the Night Before Christmas, the Arnold Bank Collection of Calligraphy and Letter Arts, the Gladys Schmitt Collection of the novelist and Carnegie Tech English professor's works, and the Sara Henderson Hay Collection of this Pittsburgh poet's works.

Detre Library & Archives at the Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman St.

As Western Pennsylvania’s preeminent source for researching the region’s rich history, the Library & Archives collection includes 700,000 photographs, prints, and negatives; 40,000 books, pamphlets, and monographs; 3,500 individual archival collections of families, organizations, businesses, and industries; 600 periodical titles; and 500 maps and atlases.

Grace Library at Carlow University
3333 Fifth Avenue

Named in honor of the first dean of Carlow, Sister M. Regis Grace, the library provides collections and services to foster academic excellence and promote the process of self-directed, life-long learning. With 42,500 prints books, 50 databases, 16,800 print and electronic journals, and special collections on Peace Studies and African American Studies, the Grace Library preserves 7,000 archival items related to the history of Carlow.