Posted February 19, 2010 by Kate Hamman
2008 marked Pittsburgh's 250-year anniversary, and the city is still celebrating in style. Step back in time at a history museum highlighting the city's past through art. Then shop for prehistoric goodies at a natural history museum's gift shop, before toasting the town with a martini in a hip lounge. And you can do all of this without going broke.
Senator John Heinz History Center: As the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, the Senator John Heinz History Center is the place to go to learn about Pittsburgh's last 250 years. Affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, it features a massive collection of art, artifacts, and interactive exhibits. You can learn all about the city's history of accomplishments at the special exhibit, "Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation," which features 50 hands-on displays. Admission costs $10 for adults.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History: If 250 years seems like a long time, pay a visit to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's store, where you'll find a slew of prehistoric items. Browse the large collection of books covering subjects such as plant life, animals, and of course dinosaurs. The shop sells a range of items, including clothes and accessories that will make a great gift for that archaeologist in your life. The museum has also recently opened a new exhibit, "Population Impact." Gift shop prices start as low as $2.50 for a set of pearl-filled pencils.
Olive or Twist: Come have a drink at Olive or Twist, which has shaken, not stirred, the classic martini. The expansive menu features cocktails prepared with everything from fruit juices to graham cracker crumbs. And, if you're in the mood for something sweet, you can choose from the many dessert-inspired libations, such as the Pineapple Upside Down Cake, the Chocolate Covered Cherry, and the Key Lime. Martinis start at $6.
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(Photo: Jeff Hixon, Commonwealth Media Services 1996)