Pittsburgh seniors can visit museums, zoos, aquariums, and gardens and still save money with a senior citizen discount. Discounts can begin at any age between 50 and 65, depending on the facility. The following is a list of places in Pittsburgh that either have free admission or offer a senior discount.
At Phipps, you can enjoy tours of the plant and art collections. Stroll through the conservatory and observe bonsai, desert plants, ferns, fruits and spices, native plant species, orchids, palms, and outdoor gardens. You will be fascinated with the workmanship found in the Japanese lanterns, glass chandeliers, and Grecian urns.
There is not much you can’t find at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The museum houses more than 100,000 objects. You can spend the day observing amphibians and reptiles, birds, anthropology, botany, zoology, bird banding, and more.
The History Center is in association with The Smithsonian Institution and features a family of museums and programs, including the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, Fort Pitt Museum, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, Detre Library and Archives, and the Museum Conservation Center. If you are interested in American history and its connection to Western Pennsylvania, you will want to book a tour at this 370,000 square-foot facility.
You can observe more than 500 birds of 150 species in the National Aviary. Housed in large enclosures that mirror their natural habitat, the birds flourish. All of the continents are represented with the exception of Antarctica. The aviary features exhibits like the Canary’s Call, Cloud Forest, Condor Court, Eagle Hall, Grasslands, Penguin Point, Tropical Rainforest, and the Wetlands.
Sit back in the planetarium and enjoy the views of space. Stroll through the interactive exhibits that make up the Science Center. You can learn about rivers in the H2Oh! exhibit, tour the inside of the USS Requin submarine, and see the world’s largest robotics exhibit with Roboworld.
Thousands of animals live at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. Walk through the park to see animals representing more than 400 species and 22 threatened or endangered species. The enclosures are separated by habitat. You can visit animals in the African Savanna, Asian Forest, Kids Kingdom, PPG Aquarium, Tropical Forest, and Water’s Edge.
The Museum of Art is home to over 30,770 pieces of art. These include paintings, sculptures, photographs, decorative arts objects, architectural objects, and works on paper.
Not only can you tour the botanic garden, but the facility offers classes, workshops, and other events. You can create your own terrarium with the help of experts during the Terrarium Workshop. Imagine the stress melting away after a morning outdoor yoga class in the garden. The slow moving art of Tai Chi is practiced on the banks of the Lotus Pond. You can also support the garden by purchasing bulbs, as 25 percent of the proceeds go to the facility.
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