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Garden Railroad: 200 Years of Pittsburgh
Garden Railroad: 200 Years of Pittsburgh
Garden Railroad: 200 Years of Pittsburgh
Garden Railroad: 200 Years of Pittsburgh
Garden Railroad: 200 Years of Pittsburgh

Experience Pittsburgh history like you never have before: in miniature!

In honor of Pittsburgh's bicentennial anniversary, the ever-popular Garden Railroad in our South Conservatory has been reinvented, inviting guests on a locomotive journey through two centuries of our city's greatest moments, from the opening of the H.J. Heinz Factory in 1869 to the relaunching of the Point State Park fountain in 2013.

Point State Park Fountain

Ten snapshots of different time periods in Pittsburgh history are brought to life with five interactive stations that adults and children will delight in. Visitors can turn a hand crank to elevate the Duquesne Incline or push a button to send Three Rivers Stadium into raucous applause and illumination as the Buccos play ball. With exquisitely detailed props and tiny living plants, shrubs and trees providing the lush backdrop of its miniature world, this show will bring wonder and a touch of nostalgia to guests of all ages.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood of Make-Believe

Cathedral of Learning and KDKA Radio Tower

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman, Pawsburgh Photography

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