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Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History

531 E Ohio St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5516
+1 412-231-7881
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Fascinating, unique

What an unusual and interesting museum. Bruce was informative and engaging as he walked us through... read more

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535natep
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Excellent experience

Bruce our guide and founder is an outstanding teacher and historian. Our tour was customized to our... read more

Reviewed 20 November 2017
Valerie H
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Photo Antiquities Museum of Photograph History exhibits the history of photography from 1821-present.There are rotating exhibits as well as permanent exhibits.There is over 2000 cameras on display and the new exhibit is Lincoln in Pittsburgh which opened May 2017-April 2018.
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“north side” (7 reviews)
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531 E Ohio St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5516
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Reviewed yesterday

What an unusual and interesting museum. Bruce was informative and engaging as he walked us through the history of photography, with hands-on examples. They have a sizable collection of hand-colored glass slides which are absolutely gorgeous. The Lincoln exhibit downstairs is very worthwhile, and although...More

Thank 535natep
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Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

Bruce our guide and founder is an outstanding teacher and historian. Our tour was customized to our interests and super informative. Interesting photos and equipment with a great guide at a reasonable price. Museum was a real gem

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Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

Really neat place. Personal tour guide shows you history of photography with negatives, pictures and cameras. Good price on entrance fee. Paid parking on street. You can spend 60-90 mintues there.

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

This is a must go to site. Located on the second floor so know that there is a long flight of stairs to reach it. Buy entrance at the photo shop on the street level. You'll get a guided tour of the history of photography...More

Thank Dan L
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

First floor is a lot of historic pictures of Lincoln, the second floor is all about cameras. Most important is the knowledgeable proprietor. Next door is a really interesting camera shop. That actually develops black and white film!

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

This little known museum houses one of the largest collection of photography equipment and processes from the mid-1800's

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Reviewed 26 September 2017

I've visited the Photo Antiquities Museum of Photography twice and found it very interesting. You can learn how cameras and photography have evolved, see some old antique cameras as well as old photographs, some rather odd, many very interesting. For such a small place it...More

Thank Torrie N
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

I have to agree with Halsterius, who only saw the room with photos of Lincoln -- and a collection of cameras on four or five high shelves. The man behind the counter took my admission fee, introduced the Lincoln collection (which will be on display...More

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Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

First, stop at Arnold's Tea across the street. Drinks, air and bathroom available. My GPS dragged me all over to get me here. It's not in the fanciest part of town. On street parking, bring quarters or the App. The rooms are well kept and...More

Thank Michael B
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Reviewed 3 August 2017

If you want to see a great collection of very old photographs of a historical nature you should visit.

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