How to Virtually Enjoy Pittsburgh’s Cultural Activities

Pittsburgh Magazine’s ongoing guide to online activities you can do while social distancing.


As you settle into your new social distancing routines, you may wonder what there is left to do as museums, venues and more close their operations to the public. If you want a taste of entertainment and education that was once available beyond the walls of your home, here’s an ongoing list of now-virtual activities you can access from wherever you are.

We are updating as frequently as possible, and as more activities become available, we will add them.


305 Dance
Tara Conaway usually teaches at Webb’s World of Fitness in Plum but she’s now offering live streams of her 305 classes that you can dance along to at home.

Carnegie Science Center
Check in on Facebook and Twitter for 8 a.m. updates of things to read, watch and do. Noon updates will include science activities using common household items. The Science Center will also post science demonstration videos and host Facebook Live story time.

Carnegie Museum of Art
Explore the gallery collections, dig into stories from their online journal Storyboard or go through their archive to learn more about provenance research and explore mid-century Pittsburgh through the Teenie Harris Archives.

City Theatre Virtual Performances
Purchase a ticket to a virtual performance of Molly Smith Metzler’s “Cry It Out” through April 5, or listen to a podcast recording of Isaac Gomez’s “PerkUp PerKup.” Virtual tours of the set, production designs and more are also on the way.

The Frick
Explore The Frick’s seven virtual exhibitions, take a tour of its museums and gardens, check out the changes to its campus and, if you’re looking for activities for your kids or want to feel like a kid again yourself, download one of their children’s activities, a new one of which will be posted daily.

Heinz History Center
Read more than 300 stories about Pittsburgh’s history, explore thousands of artifacts that preserve regional history, watch virtual tours of previous exhibitions and listen to The Cornerstone podcast, which connects Jewish historical sites in western Pennsylvania to materials in the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives.

Inhale Pittsburgh
Take a deep breath and purchase online yoga classes to practice on your own time or hop onto a live-stream class or meditation.

Live at 25 Pandemic Series
25 Carrick Ave and HEAR Corp launched a live-streaming concert series every week Tuesday through Saturday from 25 Carrick Ave. There will be no studio audience, but you can be a part of its digital audience.

Meraki Studio
The Strip District fitness studio now offers some of its classes via Instagram live. Join in and keep yourself active as they stream Pilates and Bounce classes.

PICT has launched “The Irishing of English Theatre,” an interactive online webinar series with PICT Artistic and Executive Director Alan Stanford. Five weekly sessions are planned, beginning April 3, highlighting influential Irish playwrights from Samuel Beckett to Oscar Wilde. Stanford will discuss the nature of their work and the influence each had on the development of English theatrical writing. The free lectures will begin at 2 p.m. on Fridays.

Pittsburgh Public Theater
Join in at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays for PlayTime, a new online reading series where artistic director Marya Sea Kaminski and special guests read classic plays as well as works by Pittsburgh writers. Performances so far have included “The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People” and “Henry V.” 

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
The PSO will post “Extraordinary Measures,” self-produced videos of music and insight from its musicians, a curated presentation of excerpts and selections from the current season hosted by conductor Manfred Honeck on Friday nights, and educational resources for kids and teens who are practicing at home.

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