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Neighborhood Walking Tour: Oakland—Pittsburgh’s Original Cultural District

July 15, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Saturday, July 15
10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

$20.00 per person

This tour is limited to 20 participants. Tickets will not be available after 11:30 p.m. on July 14.

Purchase a ticket below.

In 1889, Mary Schenley donated 300 acres of land to the City of Pittsburgh to create the park that bears her name. By the turn of the 20th century, the construction of other amenities transformed Oakland into Pittsburgh’s original cultural district. This tour focuses on the section of Oakland that includes Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, and the main branch of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, which drew people from around the growing industrial city for respite, enlightenment, and aesthetic pleasure. Stops at additional sites around these landmark institutions will reveal not only how the neighborhood has continued to evolve, but also the mix of features that still attracts people to Pittsburgh’s original home of culture.

Tour Meeting Point: Outside the Schenley Park Café and Visitor Center, 101 Panther Hollow Road, Pittsburgh 15213

Tour Ending Point: Outside Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh, 650 Schenley Drive

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time in order to ensure that the tour gets underway on time. Dress for the weather (PHLF tours proceed rain or shine!), and wear comfortable shoes. By purchasing a ticket for this tour, you acknowledge that you are physically able to undertake the tour, assume all personal risk during the tour, consent to being photographed during the tour, and permit PHLF to use your image in our communications.

This tour is handicap accessible. Please notify us of your needs two business days in advance of the tour.


July 15, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-5808  |  Fax: 412-471-1633