We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History

531 E Ohio St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5516
+1 412-231-7881
Website
Share
Save
Review Highlights
A complete gem!!!!

Well, here it is.....one of those almost-hidden gems that you have to see to believe. It is the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Richard D
,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Tourist in our own city

Everything exceeded expectations!! The tour guide "Bruce" had excellent knowledge of photographic... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
pjayklein
,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Read all 79 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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.
  • Excellent89%
  • Very good7%
  • Average1%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
Closed Now
Hours
Hours Today: 10:00 am - 4:00 am
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
LOCATION
531 E Ohio St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5516
CONTACT
Website
+1 412-231-7881
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Pittsburgh
from USD 75.00
More Info
from USD 99.00
More Info
from USD 50.00
More Info
Write a ReviewReviews (79)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"abraham lincoln"
in 5 reviews
"love photography"
in 4 reviews
"impressive collection"
in 4 reviews
"camera shop"
in 3 reviews
"on display"
in 6 reviews
"ferris wheel"
in 2 reviews
"admission fee"
in 4 reviews
"early days"
in 2 reviews
"well worth the visit"
in 3 reviews
"great guide"
in 2 reviews
"guided tour"
in 2 reviews
"saturday morning"
in 2 reviews
"equipment"
in 14 reviews
"photographs"
in 61 reviews
"storefront"
in 4 reviews
"curator"
in 4 reviews
"hundreds"
in 5 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 79 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well, here it is.....one of those almost-hidden gems that you have to see to believe. It is the largest museum dedicated to nineteenth century photography in the country; however, don’t be fooled...they have plenty of twentieth century items as well. The museum consists of six...More

1  Thank Richard D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything exceeded expectations!! The tour guide "Bruce" had excellent knowledge of photographic and camera history. The tour started off in chronological order with the history of the photograph and how it evolved through out the decades. The collection of cameras and photographs were all museum...More

1  Thank pjayklein
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 10 July 2018

As a photographer, had to check this out. Good history lesson and displays of old photography. Would have liked to spent more time looking around but once guide was finished, out you go.

Thank sightseer55
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 9 July 2018

My husband and I visited on a Friday afternoon. We originally purchased the Groupon but upgraded so that we can see the upstairs as well. It was well worth doing! The Lincoln exhibit was switched out for an Aviation exhibit. We both thoroughly enjoyed it....More

1  Thank chemie71
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 July 2018

Very quaint and unique museum. If you are interested at all in the history of photography, it is worth your time, as this is the focus of the museum. They carry nearly every type of photograph and have an impressive array of antique cameras. I...More

1  Thank whiteboy11
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 21 February 2018

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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 21 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

1  Thank Valerie H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 18 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.

Thank Margaretsen
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 26 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!

Thank johnsH7730QE
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 75 hotels in Pittsburgh
The Priory Hotel
794 reviews
.18 km away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pittsburgh North Shore
196 reviews
.65 km away
SpringHill Suites Pittsburgh North Shore
691 reviews
.71 km away
Residence Inn Pittsburgh North Shore
630 reviews
.91 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Max's Allegheny Tavern
273 reviews
.20 km away
Legends Eatery
142 reviews
.37 km away
Bistro-To-Go cafe & catering
48 reviews
.13 km away
James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy
87 reviews
.14 km away
Nearby Attractions
PNC Park
5,589 reviews
.81 km away
Senator John Heinz History Center
1,179 reviews
.98 km away
Randyland
266 reviews
1.00 km away
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
538 reviews
.60 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Submit