Wood Street Galleries is One of Downtown’s Premier Galleries

Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on September 28, 2022.

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Pittsburgh has a thriving arts scene, and no matter what neighborhood you are in odds are good you're not too far away from a world-class museum, independent art gallery, mural, and everything in between.

This is especially true in downtown Pittsburgh as the Cultural District hosts numerous galleries worth visiting. Wood Street Galleries is one such spot, located in the T Station of the same name, and is managed by Cultural Trust with frequently rotating exhibits throughout the year. 

After visiting this one dozens of times over the years, we have to admit, it is one of our favorite galleries in the city!

Wood Street Galleries is a Downtown Gem

Wood Street Galleries

Wood Street Galleries has been delighting visitors with independent art since its opening in 1992 and primarily focuses on arts created with digital media like film, video, and robotics to name a few.

While the gallery could be described as small, it makes up for its modest size with some pretty incredible exhibits on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the T Station. Over the years, we've enjoyed many technology-focused exhibits like Supply & Demand (late 2022), Power Pixels (mid-2021), NONOTAK (late 2018), and more that focused on truly immersive audio and visual experience (some of which are so intense they come with warning due to strobe, pulsating noises, and more- warnings like these are featured prominently at the entrance).

That being said, these styles of exhibits are only our very favorites that may appear at Wood Street Galleries. Other, more conventional art installations have graced the halls as well. Since the average exhibit length is just three months (some run for a few weeks where as a select few have run for about six months), you can visit the galleries several times per year and find something new to enjoy!

But the best part? As Wood Street Galleries is part of the Cultural Trust, it is also completely free to visit!

Getting to Wood Street Galleries

Wood Street Galleries

Normally when we visit art galleries in the city, the arrival instructions are simply to show up at the address and walk inside. Wood Street Galleries is just a bit different so if you haven't been before there are some additional things to keep in mind.

This gallery is unique particularly due to its location inside the T Station. You cannot enter the galleries through the main T station entrance. Instead, you must walk around to the back of the building at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Wood Street. Signs are present for the gallery on this side, but may not be as obvious if you try to find it via the main entrance.

Once you go inside the door, you are back in the T Station via a private walkway that will lead you to an elevator. Take this to the 2nd and 3rd floors to enjoy the two levels of the gallery! 

Wood Street Galleries

Unfortunately, Wood Street Galleries does not have its own parking, either, so you'll do well to either park in the Smithfield & Liberty Garage or the Fort Duquesne & Sixth Street Garage and walk over as metered street parking is quite limited in the Cultural District. (Note: Night and weekend rates for the Smithfield & Liberty Garage tend to be a few dollars cheaper than the Fort Duquesne Garage.)

Overall, although Wood Street Galleries is not a large space by any means, its modest size allows you to pop in for a visit quickly whenever you are downtown. So if you have 10, 20, or even 30 minutes to spare before dinner and drinks in the Cultural District, check if this one is open to enjoy some amazing art!

Looking for more downtown galleries to visit? Don't miss 707 Gallery, 937 Gallery, and SPACE when you are in the Cultural District. If you want to hit these and more, don't skip out on the quarterly gallery crawls in downtown Pittsburgh!

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