Getting on/off the motorcoach; driving up to 2 hours, about 20 miles. Walking up to 3 miles and standing up to 2 hours at a time.
At the hotel
We’ll ride to the Senator John Heinz Regional Historical Center for an expert-led exploration. The Center is a family of museums and an educational affiliate of The Smithsonian Institution. It links past, present, and future, preserving regional history and presenting the American experience in Western Pennsylvania. The Center partners with organizations and scholars engaged in archaeology, archives, artifact collections, broadcast media and the Internet, conservation, educational programs, exhibitions, library, museums, performance, publications, and research. There will also be some time on your own to explore some of the museums within the museum independently, including the History Center and Sports Museum on your own.
At the museum café, we’ll choose from a variety of soups, sandwiches, and salads. Bottled water included.
Next, we will take a field trip to the Frick Art & Historical Center in the former Pittsburgh mansion of Henry Clay Frick, a wealthy industrialist and chairman of the Carnegie Steel Company. Upon our arrival, we will explore the grounds of the mansion with the expert commentary of an instructor where we will learn about the evolution of the site, the neighborhood and Frick family history. Afterwards we will explore the historic mansion and hear about diverse stories of the Gilded Age, and make connections with social justice issues of today. We will also have free time at the Car and Carriage Museum where we will learn about learn about Pittsburgh’s role in the developing automobile industry.
At the hotel
A local storyteller will join us at the hotel to reveal some of Pittsburgh's lesser-known tales.