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Key Info

1501 Arch St

Price & Hours

Free
10 a.m. until dusk

Details

Museums, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Randyland brings sunshine to Pittsburgh even on the dreariest days. Created by native Pittsburgh artist Randy Gilson, Randyland is a vibrant, intricate and eclectic experiential art museum in the city's North Side. It's been bringing smiles to visitors' faces since 1995 when Gilson originally bought the building using funds he had earned as a part-time waiter and proceeded to decorate it with repurposed trash. 

People quickly began flocking to see Gilson's unique art and over the years it has become a city staple. Some of the museum's most notable features include a mirror wall, a psychedelic staircase and a colorful map of the North Side. Randyland's outdoor murals have been the background of many proposals, engagement photos, fashion shoots and, of course, selfies. You can stroll through quickly or take your time, as there are many places to sit, relax and take in the whimsical designs. Most people spend an hour or two exploring the site, but others say they could study the artwork all day and still discover new details.
Now, Gilson lives at his artistic oasis, and it's not uncommon to find him wandering the grounds, making conversation with visitors and explaining his pieces. Many who talk to him say he is as bright and interesting as the artwork he creates. 
The little yellow museum on the street corner did wonders for the North Side community. When Gilson first moved to the area, it was run-down. But Randyland, in addition to Gilson's other community beautification projects which range from gardens to parks, helped give Pittsburgh residents pride in their neighborhood and attracted visitors to the North Side.
Randyland is free to visit, but donations are accepted. It's located in the heart of the Mexican War Streets neighborhood, and it's only a short walk from Mattress Factory, another popular art museum on the North Side. The museum is open from 10 a.m. until dusk (around 7 p.m. typically), and there is street parking available nearby. To plan your visit to Randyland, visit the museum's website.

Randyland brings sunshine to Pittsburgh even on the dreariest days. Created by native Pittsburgh artist Randy Gilson, Randyland is a vibrant, intricate and eclectic experiential art museum in the city's North Side. It's been bringing smiles to visitors' faces since 1995 when Gilson originally bought the building using funds he had earned as a part-time waiter and proceeded to decorate it with repurposed trash. 

People quickly began flocking to see Gilson's unique art and over the years it has become a city staple. Some of the museum's most notable features include a mirror wall, a psychedelic staircase and a colorful map of the North Side. Randyland's outdoor murals have been the background of many proposals, engagement photos, fashion shoots and, of course, selfies. You can stroll through quickly or take your time, as there are many places to sit, relax and take in the whimsical designs. Most people spend an hour or two exploring the site, but others say they could study the artwork all day and still discover new details.

Now, Gilson lives at his artistic oasis, and it's not uncommon to find him wandering the grounds, making conversation with visitors and explaining his pieces. Many who talk to him say he is as bright and interesting as the artwork he creates. 

The little yellow museum on the street corner did wonders for the North Side community. When Gilson first moved to the area, it was run-down. But Randyland, in addition to Gilson's other community beautification projects which range from gardens to parks, helped give Pittsburgh residents pride in their neighborhood and attracted visitors to the North Side.

Randyland is free to visit, but donations are accepted. It's located in the heart of the Mexican War Streets neighborhood, and it's only a short walk from the Mattress Factory, another popular art museum on the North Side. The museum is open from 10 a.m. until dusk (around 7 p.m. typically), and there is street parking available nearby. To plan your visit to Randyland, visit the museum's website.

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