ASTC 2022: What's Next

What to See and Do in Pittsburgh

ASTC 2022 Annual Conference
September 12–15, 2022
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Pittsburgh is a mecca for anyone who has wanderlust for culture. From art galleries and performing arts in the Cultural District in downtown Pittsburgh, to museums and unique venues. Pittsburgh rivals cities much larger, so to make your choices easier, see below for some suggestions, including favorites handpicked by the Carnegie Science Center team!

Walking Tour: Best of the Burgh Science History
Sunday, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

People on a Pittsburgh walking tour
Courtesy Walk the Burgh Tours

Explore the heart of Downtown by foot and discover must-see cultural and historical landmarks as well as iconic buildings. Learn about Pittsburgh’s renewal with its upcoming industries, focus on science and sustainability. Experience the implementation of community building strategies while walking down major avenues as well as hidden alleyways and crossing over beautiful squares in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Tour starts at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and ends at Market Square. Walking distance is approximately 2 miles.

Sign-up directly with Walk the Burgh Tours; Price: Adults $28

On the Northside

Andy Warhol Museum – Tells Andy Warhol’s story and explores his legacy through the largest collection of Warhol art and archives in the world. ASTC 2022 participants get free admission and 20% off in the gift shop during conference by showing their badge.

The Andy Warhol Museum

Carnegie Science Center – Visit during the Opening Party or on Museum Day “Sci-Yinz in the City” to experience Pittsburgh’s most visited museum – inspiring the next generation of innovators by connecting science and technology to everyday life through engaging exhibits, shows, and demonstrations. ASTC 2022 participants get free admission and 20% off in the gift shop and Riverview Café by showing their badge.

Carnegie Science Center

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh – Explore new exhibits and well-loved classics as well as innovative art and making programs, including the innovative Museum Lab. One of the top 10 children’s museums in the country! ASTC 2022 participants can receive 20% off at the museum store during the party and Museum Experience Day—and a free entrée and beverage at the café on Museum Experience Day.

Photo of Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Courtesy Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

Gus & Yiayia’s Ice Ball Cart – Located in West Park, between Carnegie Science Center and the Children’s Museum, treat yourself to an ice ball or popcorn from 91-year-old Gus’ cart – he is a Pittsburgh icon!

Mattress Factory – A museum that immerses you in the creative vision of artists from around the world. You literally walk through and into the art to experience it!

Mister Rogers Statue – Formally know as Tribute to Children, this ten-foot tall bronze sculpture of Fred Rogers by Robert Berks allows you to engage with Mister Rogers as he ties his sneakers while enjoying a stunning view of Pittsburgh.

Statue of Fred Rogers by Robert Berks

National Aviary – Find yourself deep into the world of birds and experience them in a natural setting. The interactive bird shows are amazing.

Randyland – An outdoor courtyard museum of the heart, built by the creative vision of eclectic artist Randy Gilson. Widely regarded as one of America’s most colorful public art landmarks.

Randyland on Northside of Pittsburgh

On the Southside

Gateway Clipper – Cruise Pittsburgh’s beautiful three rivers on a dining or sightseeing tour. A great way to see the city from the beautiful rivers.

Gateway Clipper in Pittsburgh
Gateway Clipper Princess on the Monongahela River. Courtesy Visit Pittsburgh.

Duquesne Incline to Mount Washington – The historic Duquesne Incline is a ride that traverses up Mount Washington and offers the most beautiful view of the City of Pittsburgh at the top.

Pittsburgh skyline in winter
Winter skyline of Pittsburgh with Duquesne Incline. Photo courtesy Visit Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium – One of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations in the country, the zoo features almost 500 species on 77 acres in Highland Park.


Heinz History Center – Learn how Pittsburgh changed the world, dig in to the history of the H. J. Heinz Company, and see sets and artifacts from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

Point State Park and fountain – Located at the confluence of the three rivers, it is at the tip of the “Golden Triangle.” It commemorates and preserves the historic heritage of the are during the French and Indian War.

Point State Park
Point State Park. Courtesy Visit Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Cultural District – A vibrant arts and entertainment center featuring 20 galleries, restaurants, and seven world class theaters, plus, public art abounds!


Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History – Experience two world-renowned museums. Carnegie Museum of Art is an artistic legacy connecting people to art, ideas, and one another. Carnegie Museum of Natural History is among the top natural history museums in the country. Enjoy dinosaurs, minerals and gems, a Paleolab, a Hall of Botany, a Hall of Ancient Egypt, Polar World, and more! ASTC 2022 participants get free admission and 20% off in the gift shop during conference by showing their badge.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens – Built in 1893, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is one of the nation’s great public gardens. It has established itself as an international leader in sustainable architecture and operations (learn more in a Preconference Intensive!).

Get lots more amazing ideas from Visit Pittsburgh!

Visit Pittsburgh

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