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Attractions Near Us

Oakland: A World of Culture, Art and Architecture

Phipps Conservatory is a great place to begin or end a daylong tour of Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood, the region's educational and cultural hub.

Oakland was greatly influenced by the progressive City Beautiful movement in North American architecture and urban planning that flourished in the 1890s and 1900s.

Here's a short list of must-see Oakland attractions.

Carnegie Museums
The Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, around since 1895, and among the nation's best of their kind. Art lovers enjoy the Hall of Sculpture, Hall of Architecture and one of the world's best modern art collections. Natural history lovers find gems, giant dinosaurs, and a moth collection made famous by the movie Silence of the Lambs.

Visit the Carnegie Museums website
Cathedral of Learning
Cathedral of Learning, a 42-story Late Gothic Revival building and the second tallest educational building in the world. Visitors enjoy the Cathedral's 27 Nationality Rooms (twenty-five working classrooms and two display rooms), on the first and third floors. Each nationality room is designed to celebrate a different culture that had an influence on Pittsburgh's growth.

Visit the Cathedral of Learning's website
Hunt Institute
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, considered among the world's best collection of botanical art and knowledge. Some 29,000 books; 30,000 portraits; 30,000 watercolors, drawings and prints; and 2,000 autograph letters and manuscripts are housed here.

Visit the Hunt Institute's website
Schenley Park
Schenley Park, a 456-acre green jewel that rivals any of the nation's oldest and finest urban parks. Offers trails, tennis courts, ice rink, swimming pool and playgrounds. The park connects the campuses of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and serves as a centerpiece for such annual events as the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.

Visit Schenley Park's website