Question: simple facts?
-short history of the museum
Answer: The Andy Warhol Museum is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, located at 117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5890. It is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist. The museum is located in an 88,000-square-foot (8,200 m2), seven levels, former industrial warehouse.
Plans for the museum were announced in October 1989, about 2½ years after Warhol’s death. At the time of the announcement, works worth an estimated $80 million were donated to the newly-announced museum by the AWFVA and the Dia Foundation. Thomas N. Armstrong III, who had been the director of the Whitney Museum of American Art from 1974 to 1990, was named the museum’s first director in 1993.
By 1993, the 88,000-square-foot (8,200 m2) industrial warehouse and its extensive renovations had cost about $12 million, and the AWFVA had donated more than 1000 of Warhol’s works worth over $55 million, a donation that grew to about 3000 works.
On May 13-14, 1994, the museum attracted about 25,000 visitors to its opening weekend
The museum has steadily grown as a destination, in 2009 it attracted 103,298 and for 2010 106,396. Many celebrities in their own right come to Pittsburgh to visit Andy Warhol’s works. Mick Jagger, Bono, first lady Michelle Obama, Robert Downey Jr., Rupert Everett, Brooke Shields, Nelly Furtado, Willem Dafoe, Donna Karan, Laura Linney, Eddie Izzard, France’s first lady Carla Bruni and Prince Andrew, Duke of York are just a few who have made a special trip to view the gallery.
The 2010 film “She’s Out of My League” filmed a key scene at the museum during an evening event. The film’s subject was hosting the event.