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Field Trips Options for Friday, July 18

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater
Built between 1936 and 1939, Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Fallingwater was the vacation home of the Kaufmann family, owners of the Kaufmann’s Department Store.  The AERI trip participants will be bussed to and from the grounds, tour the home, have lunch at the site, and attend a discussion with the Director of Preservation and Curator of Education. The first 30 AERI participants to sign-up for the Fallingwater trip during the registration process will be included in the arrangements and asked to contribute $20 to offset the trip costs. Participants will leave in the morning and return to Pittsburgh in the late afternoon. Learn more about the Fallingwater trip (and even watch the “Fallingwater-cam”) at If you want to read about one of America’s most famous domestic dwellings, check out Franklin Toker, Fallingwater Rising: Frank Lloyd Wright, E.J. Kaufmann, and America’s Most Extraordinary House (Knopf, 2005). There is a fabulous museum shop at the site.

Preservation Technologies
Preservation Technologies, located outside of Pittsburgh in nearby Cranberry, has been a leader in preservation services for libraries, archives, and museums since its opening in 1992. AERI participants who attend this trip will tour the facilities and new MediaPreserve Laboratory.  Lunch and bussing will be provided. Participants will leave in the morning and return to Pittsburgh in the early afternoon. Learn more about Preservation Technologies, MediaPreserve, and the company’s patented mass deacidification process at

Archives Service Center
The Archives Service Center is home to the University of Pittsburgh’s archives and collections that document the history of Western Pennsylvania. University of Pittsburgh transportation will be provided to the participants of this morning excursion. Learn more about the Archives Service Center at

Excursions on your own
The local planning team will provide participants with directions to other cultural sites in the city of Pittsburgh, including the nearby Carnegie Museums of Natural History and Art and the Phipps Conservatory. 

Points of Interest

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Carnegie Museum of Natural History is a place of adventure, discovery and education that welcomes everyone to enjoy the wonders of its collections and exhibitions. Founded in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, the museum has maintained an international reputation for its ongoing research and discovery that create a better understanding of the history of the earth and its inhabitants. Today, the museum is ranked among the top five natural history museums in the country and features 20 exhibition halls including the blockbuster Dinosaurs in Their Time.

Location:  4400 Forbes Avenue, across the street from University of Pittsburgh Heinz Chapel

Phipps Conservatory
Awaken your senses. Immerse yourself in 17 distinct botanical experiences. Encounter something of the secret life of plants. And glimpse one of the world's greenest public gardens.  Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a great steel and glass Victorian greenhouse, has been inviting visitors to explore the beauty and mysteries of plants since 1893. Set amidst one of Pittsburgh's largest greenspaces, Schenley Park, Phipps Conservatory stands as a cultural and architectural centerpiece of the city's Oakland neighborhood.

In recent decades, Phipps has evolved into one of the region's most vibrant, thriving cultural attractions, bringing fresh perspectives and artists into our historic glasshouse environment. Phipps has also become a strong advocate for advanced green-building practices, sustainable gardening and a new environmental awareness.

Location:  Schenley Park, Oakland, just outside the University of Pittsburgh Campus

Senator John Heinz History Center
From the pre-revolutionary drama of the French & Indian War to the legendary match-ups of the Super Steelers, discover 250 years of Pittsburgh history at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the History Center is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania. The 275,000 sq. ft. museum - recently named "Best Museum" by the readers of Pittsburgh Magazine - features six floors of long-term and changing exhibition space, including the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, a dynamic museum-within-a-museum, and the Library & Archives, an extensive scholarly resource documenting 250 years of life in Western Pennsylvania. 

Location:  1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh in the Strip District of Pittsburgh

The Andy Warhol Museum
The Andy Warhol Museum is a vital forum in which diverse audiences of artists, scholars, and the general public are galvanized through creative interaction with the art and life of Andy Warhol. The Warhol is ever-changing, constantly redefining itself in relationship to contemporary life using its unique collections and dynamic interactive programming as tools.

The archives include Warhol's working materials and source materials (such as photographs, newspapers and magazines); his personal collection of thousands of collectibles and ephemera; 608 Time Capsules (dated collections of material from the artist's daily life); the full run of Interview magazine; approximately 4,000 audiotapes; and scripts, diaries, and correspondence. These materials are available to the public and scholars in the Archives Study Center by appointment.  Film screenings, live music, performance, lectures, symposia and workshops are offered on a regular basis.

Location:  117 Sandusky Street on the North Shore of Pittsburgh

The Mattress Factory Art Museum
The Mattress Factory is a museum of contemporary art that exhibits room-sized works called installations. Created on site by artists from across the country and around the world, our unique exhibitions feature a variety of media that engage all of the senses.

The museum's unusual galleries are located in three creatively reused buildings on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side. The buildings house a growing-and distinctive- permanent collection, featuring artists James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, Greer Lankton, Winifred Lutz and Rolf Julius, as well as innovative exhibitions that change throughout the year.

Location:  500 Sampson Way, North Side of Pittsburgh

Carnegie Museum of Art Special Exhibit

Faked, Forgotten, Found: Four Renaissance Paintings Investigated

JUNE 28, 2014 – SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

Modern technology—from X-rays to Photoshop—is not restricted to “CSI”-style crime labs.

Faked, Forgotten, Found showcases conservators’ forensic analysis of five Renaissance paintings in the museum’s collection that have undergone significant scientific analysis and conservation. The discoveries about each work are presented through extensive multimedia documentation, highlighting a fascinating but little-seen aspect of museum practice. Learn how curators and conservators discovered a portrait of Isabella de Medici attributed to Alessandro Allori beneath the surface of a work repainted in the 19th century, or how to tell the museum’s genuine painting by Francesco Francia of the Virgin and Child apart from later imitations and copies. The exhibition offers a behind-the-scenes perspective on the fascinating intersection of art and science taking place in the museum every day.

This exhibition is organized by Lulu Lippincott, curator of fine arts, and Ellen Baxter, chief conservator.