What are the best Pittsburgh museums?

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Pittsburgh has a decent number of small and lesser-known museums that are certainly worth searching out, but the city’s very best museums tend to be among the finest of their sort in the country. The Heinz History Center, for instance, is a must-see for anyone wanting to learn about the history and culture of Western Pennsylvania. The varied subjects of the museum’s many permanent and changing exhibitions range from the Pittsburgh area’s earliest settlers, to its largely Eastern European immigrant population, to its long-gone steel industry. The storied Andy Warhol Museum on the North Side is the largest museum in the country dedicated to a single artist, and aside from featuring hundreds of famous and obscure Warhol works and personal artifacts, the changing exhibitions often feature work by Warhol contemporaries. The museum also has an onsite theater that regularly screens Warhol films. (Fans of contemporary art, and especially installation art, should also visit the nearby Mattress Factory.) A visit to any of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is always a sure-bet. The separate Museums of Art and Natural History, for instance, sit side-by-side in Oakland. Visitors there can have the unique experience of seeing Egyptian mummies, Jackson Pollock paintings and an internationally-regarded dinosaur exhibit, all in the same day.

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