Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on July 2, 2019.
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The Westmoreland Museum of American Art is located just a few blocks away from the business district of downtown Greensburg, PA.
This free museum houses a rather impressive collection that you really should check out on your next visit to the city!
Don't Miss The Westmoreland Museum of American Art
As soon as you arrive at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, you'll realize that this place is special- all before stepping through the doors.
The reason for this is because the building itself has a beautiful design with historical elements accented with modern touches, such as a protruding gallery hall with a wall of glass overlooking downtown Greensburg.
If you expect this to continue on inside the building, well, you're right! The venue is a really well-thought-out space for a museum both inside and out, and is something we can truly appreciate.
American Art with a Strong Pennsylvania Presence
While the museum naturally contains American art from different eras, what I loved the most about the Westmoreland Museum of American Art is its strong Pennsylvania focused exhibits- including a room focused solely on southwest Pennsylvania with many pieces highlighting the life of a steelworker in the mills.
Another unique exhibit is The Joy and R. David Brocklebank Fraktur Collection, which is a vast display of birth and baptism records collected in the region.
To say that these are works of art is an understatement, as they're some of the most stunning genealogy records we've ever seen (and, given our own heritage found after a recent DNA test, makes me wonder if a distant relative is documented there!). To see more of these online, click here.
Beyond these, the museum is home to several thousand pieces of art from the last four-hundred-plus years, and also features an impressive wing for touring exhibitions- making this one a spot worth returning to every time we visit Greensburg!
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art is located at 221 N Main Street in Greensburg, PA and is free; however, donations are always appreciated. While we walked from downtown Greensburg, it should be noted that the museum has a free parking lot on-site for visitors. Be sure to get your sticker in your Westmoreland Heritage Passport when visiting!