Established in 1949, this museum 35 miles outside Pittsburgh has a strong collection of works that focus on American art of the mid-18th through the mid-20th centuries. It initially focused on collecting work by southwestern Pennsylvania artists, but has acquired works by American artists from all over the country since its founding.
Collected artists include Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer. From its early initiative, it has a body of works by Pennsylvania artists from the area’s Scalp Level School. Its collections have contributed to its strong exhibitions. In the past, those have included paintings from the Hudson River School; photographs by African American artist Charles “Teenie” Harris; and folk art of Pennsylvania, which was one of the most popular exhibitions in the museum’s history.
The museum holds a variety of events along with its regular exhibitions. It hosts artists’ fairs, lectures relevant to current exhibitions and regional history, and art programs for kids.
Westmoreland Museum of American Art Information
- Public Transportation: Fair (the Greensburg Amtrak station is a 7-minute walk)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Friday open until 9:00 p.m. Closed Monday, Tuesday and some holidays
- Admission: $5 suggested for adults, free for children (under 12) and students (w/ID)
- Tour: Self-guided tours are free with the price of admission. Group tours are $4 per person, and available by appointment
- Membership: Individual membership is $40; Dual/Family membership is $60; Student (w/ID) and Senior (60+) memberships are $25. Members receive free admission; invitations to special events, exhibition previews, members-only events, travel programs and more; savings on classes and events; and a 10% discount in the Museum Shop and Coffee Bar
- Other Benefits: At the Director’s Circle level ($1,000), members receive an invitation to a private luncheon and tour with the Director and 3 guests of your choice, and an invitation to join the Director and other Circle members on an acquisition search in New York.