Connect with your treasured American art.
The Westmoreland has undergone a dramatic transformation—in appearance, programming and attitude. Experience our new space and connect with our newly expanded collection.
The Center for Creative Connections
This interactive center in the Museum invites visitors of all ages to explore activities related to our collection. Each hands-on activity gives visitors a fun way to make connections to the artwork in the galleries.
Current activities include an opportunity to create landscape layouts that explore how areas within southwestern Pennsylvania developed from rural to industrial societies, a build-a-bridge activity that challenges you to build some of Pittsburgh’s common bridge styles, and a stop-motion animation activity that allows you to make artwork come alive by animating a selection of backgrounds and characters from our paintings. There’s even a large drawing glass that inspires you to be an artist and create fun, full-length portraits of your friends and family.
The activities were designed by Quatrefoil Associates of Maryland in collaboration with Director of Education & Visitor Engagement Joan McGarry.
We hope that these engaging experiences will help bring the artwork to life.
Funding for the Center for Creative Connections comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Ferrier Family Fund, The Fisher Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation and PNC Charitable Trust.
This project was completed in partnership with the Rivers of Steel Heritage Area. Funding provided in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, Environmental Stewardship Fund, administered by the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corp.
The Creation Station
The Creation Station is a mobile art making experience than can be found either in the Center for Creative Connections, or various locations in the Museum. Projects on the cart will change frequently and reflect a variety of media and themes presented in our art collection.
Funding for Creation Station was provided by The Fisher Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.
Check out our themed backpacks for children available in the lobby, and enjoy a scavenger hunt and activities with the landscape, portrait or still life collections. Visit the Welcome Desk when you’re done hunting to collect a prize!
Sunday Studio Activities
Every Sunday, except for Community Day Sundays which will feature a themed art activity, there will be a studio activity at the Museum. For July and August, the studio activity is individual sketching. Visit the lobby for supplies and sketch in the garden!