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Trương Công Tùng, installation view of the state of absence—voices from outside, 2020, in the 58th Carnegie International, Courtesy of the artist and Carnegie Museum of Art.

Photo: Sean Eaton

Photo: Nic Lockerman

Big Picture

Visit Pittsburgh’s best attraction and the most-visited museum, with four floors of interactive exhibits. Marvel at astronomy in Buhl Planetarium and learn about the human body in BodyWorks. Embark on a 300-million-mile journey in Mars: The Next Giant Leap. Imagine a human settlement and consider how to solve the questions that face life on Earth when you create a new society on Mars. Watch hair-raising live shows and discover an array of programs for the entire family. Watch model trains chug through western Pennsylvania in our Miniature Railroad & Village®! And, if you are looking for physical activity, test your bravery on our Ropes Challenge, one of the many sports-related activities in Highmark SportsWorks®. There’s no shortage of fun things to do at Carnegie Science Center.

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Gina Winstead

Gina Winstead

Even as a young child growing up in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, Gina Winstead was aware of certain societal inequities. There were the friends in elementary school who couldn’t have her over to play because their parents objected to her interracial household. She could see the inequities at the shelters where her mother, a social worker, served and cared for Black women and children. There were the experiences of Winstead’s father, a successful Black business owner in Pittsburgh, who was regularly pulled over because he drove a nice Chrysler and ultimately decided he had to leave the city to thrive. Even accessing the Carnegie Museums, which are supposed to be for all Pittsburghers, seemed to be a bigger hurdle for people at the margins. “I had access because of my parents and their intentionality, but the kids I grew up around did not have that access,” Winstead says. She is now working with Carnegie Museums to change that. In July 2022, Winstead became the museums’ first vice president for inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA).

Inside the Museums

Carnegie Museum of Art conservators expose fakes, restore past glory, and play doctor to every art form imaginable. Above, Ellen Baxter works on the portrait of Isabella de Medici.