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The Andy Warhol Museum

The Andy Warhol Museum
Warhol Self Portrait
Established May 13, 1994
Location 117 Sandusky Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Type Art museum
Visitors 106,396 (2010)
Director Eric Shiner
Curator Nicholas Chambers[1]

The Andy Warhol Museum is located on the North Shore of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is the largest museum in the country dedicated to a single artist.[2] The museum holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives from the Pittsburgh-born pop art icon Andy Warhol.

The Andy Warhol Museum is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and is a collaborative project of the Carnegie Institute, the Dia Art Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (AWFVA).[3]

The museum's main entrance is located on 7th Street

The museum is located in an 88,000-square-foot (8,200 m2) facility on seven floors. Containing 17 galleries, the museum features 900 paintings, close to 2,000 works on paper, over 1,000 published unique prints, 77 sculptures, 4,000 photographs, and over 4,350 Warhol films and videotaped works. Its most recent operating budget (2010) was $6.1 million. In addition to its Pittsburgh location the museum has sponsored 56 traveling exhibits that have attracted close to 9 million visitors in 153 venues worldwide since 1996.[4]


  • History 1
  • Visitors 2
  • Transportation access 3
  • Fictional portrayals 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Plans for the museum were announced in October 1989,[5] about 2½ years after Warhol's death. At the time of the announcement, works worth an estimated $80 million were donated to the newly-announced museum by the AWFVA and the Dia Foundation.[5] Thomas N. Armstrong III, who had been the director of the Whitney Museum of American Art from 1974 to 1990, was named the museum's first director in 1993.[6]

By 1993, the 88,000-square-foot (8,200 m2) industrial warehouse and its extensive renovations had cost about $12 million, and the AWFVA had donated more than 1000 of Warhol's works worth over $55 million,[6] a donation that grew to about 3000 works.[2]

On May 13–14, 1994, the museum attracted about 25,000 visitors to its opening weekend.[2] Armstrong, its founding director, resigned nine months after its opening; at the time of his resignation, the museum had had "tense relations" with the AWFVA and the Carnegie Institute, its financial backer, though The New York Times could find no one involved who would say whether that friction played a role in Armstrong's resignation.[2]

On November 1, 1997 New York's Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts donated all Warhol films & video copyrights to the museum.[7]

In 2013, it was announced that in Manhattan, New York City, in the Essex Crossing development on the Lower East Side, an annex to the main Pittsburgh museum is scheduled to open by 2017.[8][9][10][11] [12]


The museum has steadily grown as a destination, in 2009 it attracted 103,298 and for 2010 106,396.

Transportation access

The museum is served by exits on Interstate 279 and is within 1 mile of Interstate 579 and Interstate 376 and two blocks east of the North Side Station of the Pittsburgh Subway.

Fictional portrayals

Display of Interview magazine covers

The 2010 film She's Out of My League filmed a key scene at the museum during an evening event. The film's subject was hosting the event.


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  2. ^ a b c d Vogel, Carol (February 7, 1995). "Warhol Museum Head Announces Resignation".  
  3. ^ The Warhol - Museum Info from the museum's website
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  5. ^ a b Glueck, Grace (October 3, 1989). "To Get His Museum, Opening in '92".  
  6. ^ a b Vogel, Carol (January 6, 1993). "Director Of Warhol Museum Is Chosen".  
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  8. ^ "Essex Crossing Development Plans Set To Change Lower East Side, Will Cost $1.1 Billion (IMAGES)".  
  9. ^ Cascone, Sarah (19 May 2014). "Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum Is Expanding to New York". Artnet. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Marylynne Pitz (17 May 2014). "Plans for Warhol Museum branch in NYC move ahead". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Andy Warhol Annex at Essex Crossing: Developers Picking Up the Bill". The Lodown NY. 2014-05-19. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  12. ^ Cheng, Susan (19 May 2014). "A Branch of the Andy Warhol Museum Will Open in New York's Lower East Side in 2017". Complex. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 

External links

  • Official Museum website
  • The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (AWFVA) website
  • Media coverage on museum's 20th anniversary
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