The Big Mac Museum McDonald ’ s , 9061 Lincoln Highway , North Huntingdon 724.863.9837
The inventor of the beloved Big Mac was a Uniontown native named Jim Delligatti , who opened his first McDonald ’ s franchise in 1957 . This McDonald ’ s restaurant pays tribute to Delligatti with a bronze bust and a history wall with information about how the famed sandwich , which struggled to catch on under various names , eventually became a staple . There is also a shop with displays of vintage McDonald ’ s toys and packaging . This mini museum can generally be visited anytime the McDonald ’ s is open , but due to recent remodeling , call to make sure .
The Bost Building , Rivers of Steel 801 Carrie Furnace Boulevard , Homestead 412.464.0838 , riversofsteel . com
Rivers of Steel is comprised of five different attractions . One of them is the Bost Building , a National Historic Landmark . It was the site of one of the most infamous disputes between labor and management in history , the Homestead Lockout and Strike of 1892 . It culminated in a violent conflict , causing fatalities on both sides . The Bost Building now houses collections of art , artifacts , documents , photographs and audio-visual materials that convey the story of this turbulent time .
Braddock ’ s Battlefield History Center 609 Sixth Street , North Braddock 412.271.0800 , braddocksbattlefield . com
This museum shines a light on the French & Indian War period with genuine artifacts and historically accurate reproductions of uniforms , weapons and a brass cannon . It also features the work of artists Robert Griffing and John Buxton . Braddock was the site of an historic battle that took place on the banks of the Monongahela River in 1755 at Braddock ’ s Field . This museum will give you a better understanding of life in southwestern Pennsylvania well over 200 years ago .
The Carpenter Log House Pierson Run Road , Plum 724.327.0338 , plumhistory . org / LogHouse1 . html
This 1788 house is only open on special event days in summer and autumn , and is in Boyce Park . It is filled with artifacts belonging to the Carpenter family , along with other items that have been donated by Plum residents plus acquired pieces that fit within the period . The Allegheny Foothills Historical Society cares for the property .
The Living Dead Museum 200 Mall Circle Drive , Monroeville Mall 724.201.1825 , livingdeadmuseum . com
Another great museum for film buffs , The Living Dead Museum celebrates the original 1978 George Romero film “ Dawn of the Dead ,” which was partially filmed at the mall . It also celebrates pretty much all things zombie in cinema and popculture . There is a retail shop at the museum as well ; be sure to check to make sure that the museum is open . n
Hidden-Gem Museums in the City
Pittsburgh is known for its world-class museums — Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History , The Andy Warhol Museum , August Wilson Center , Mattress Factory , Children ’ s Museum , Carnegie Science Center , Frick Art and Historical Center , Cathedral of Learning , Fort Pitt Museum , Clemente Museum , Senator John Heinz History Center and many more — but here are nine hidden and not-sohidden gems that make our city ’ s museum scene extra special !
American Jewish Museum 5738 Forbes Ave ., Pittsburgh ( Squirrel Hill ) 412.521.8010 , jccpgh . org
Bicycle Heaven 1800 Preble and Columbus Ave ., Pittsburgh ( North Side ) 412.734.4034 , bicycleheaven . org
Johnny Angel ’ s Ginchy Stuff Museum 1800 Preble Ave ., Pittsburgh ( North Side ) 412.322.1830 , jaginchystuff . com
Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology 616 N . Highland Ave ., Pittsburgh ( East Liberty ) 412.362.5610 , pts . edu / Museum
La Hütte Royal 1812 Rialto St ., Pittsburgh ( Troy Hill ) troyhillarthouses . com
Old Allegheny County Jail Museum , Family Services Court 440 Ross St ., Downtown Pittsburgh 412.471.5808 ( for PHLF tours ) alleghenycounty . us / jail / about / old-county-jail . aspx
Photo Antiquities Museum 531 E . Ohio St ., Pittsburgh ( North Side ) 412.231.7881 , photoantiquities . org
Saint Anthony Chapel 1704 Harpster St ., Pittsburgh ( Troy Hill ) 412.999.4401 , pghshrines . org / about-stanthony-chapel
Soldiers & Sailors Museum 4141 5th Ave ., Pittsburgh ( Oakland ) soldiersandsailorshall . org
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