Tour Pittsburgh’s Hidden Gems with Expanded Doors Open Event

The second annual Doors Open Pittsburgh has announced the list of buildings it will showcase on Oct. 7 and 8.

Photos Courtesy Doors Open Pittsburgh


Want to see inside the mayor’s office? Or the old St. Patrick Church in the Strip District? How about behind-the-scenes at the Benedum Center, the Omni William Penn Hotel or the Union Trust Building?

In October, you can.

Doors Open Pittsburgh, a two-day event that offers tours and experiences inside iconic or new Pittsburgh buildings, will return for its second year on Oct. 7 and 8. Last year, the first for the local event, Doors Open drew thousands of people to 40 Downtown buildings; this year, the event will expand to include 66 buildings across Downtown, the North Side and the Strip District.

The way it works is you buy a ticket online in advance, and that ticket gets you into any of the buildings over the two-day period from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Inside each building, you’ll be provided a guided or a semi-guided tour or be allowed to explore on your own. Some buildings will have exhibits to view, a special lecture, or a Doors Open Pittsburgh docent on hand to share information about the building.

The organization announced its list of buildings last week: among the sites at City Council chambers, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the Koppers Building, Alphabet City, PPG Place, Penn Brewery, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the Pennsylvanian.

Tickets are $8 for one day or $12 for two days for the general public; children under 18 and seniors 65 and older are free.

For more information or to acquire a ticket, visit

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