Since 2016, DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh has welcomed over 18,500 people into local landmarks, historic buildings, and cool new spaces to ignite a positive perception of Pittsburgh and its neighborhoods.
Many of the buildings we open are home to community, cultural and educational organization oftentimes overlooked in mainstream tour offerings. But we believe they do very important work, positively impacting multiple communities and creating cultural assets across Pittsburgh.
Other spaces we visit house innovative businesses and professional industries not always visible to the public–yet contribute substantially to the economy and vibrancy of Pittsburgh and our neighborhoods.
DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh was voted #2 Best City Tour by readers of the City Paper!
The positive community impact of our Annual Event–as told by our 2021 attendees
- 38.5% said that their opinion of the neighborhood has improved because of their experience at the 2021 Annual Event.
- 89.7% are “very likely” to return to the neighborhood because of their experience at the 2021 Annual Event.
- A total of $23,238 spent in the local community while attending the 2021 Annual Event.
Comments from Pittsburgh stakeholders
“DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh is a fantastic event that provides opportunities to explore areas of Downtown Pittsburgh that are not always available to an average visitor. From residential properties, to backstage and behind-the-scenes experiences, to the number of people who are curious about exploring Downtown, it has very quickly become a much-anticipated event that piques curiosity and brings thousands of visitors to our neighborhood. We are always pleased to partner with DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh and are excited about the new programming they are developing.”
— Jeremy Waldrup, President/CEO, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
“It is thrilling to participate in DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh every year. We are all about getting Pittsburghers through our doors to experience quality arts and entertainment offerings and DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh allows us to showcase our historic theaters and spaces as destinations in and of themselves to entirely new audiences.”
— Marc Fleming, Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Broadway Programming, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Comments from some of our 16,000+ nebbiest visitors
“I would never have had access without DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh. I learned and shared with others after the event. My perception of Downtown Pittsburgh improved because of this experience.”
“Doors Open Pittsburgh events are a must attend. From the Annual Open Doors Pittsburgh event ( I have attended three ) down to (their) virtual events are informative, entertaining and engaging.”
–Google Review, Christine P.
“I enjoyed learning the history and being able to explore the buildings. It makes me want to learn more and visit downtown more often.”
“We enjoyed walking around the city. There were buildings we saw on our walk we [have] never seen before. I [have] lived here my whole life…”
—Anonymous, 2019 event survey
“I work downtown and have passed by many of these buildings, but Saturday was the first time I’ve ever been inside them. The architecture in Pittsburgh is some of the most beautiful anywhere. I’m looking forward to attending next year.”
—D. Shean, Facebook
“I continue to be amazed at the creative and informative tours. Whether you are a native Pittsburgher or a newbie, I encourage you to check it out…”
–Google Review, Karen G.
“What a gem! My husband and I had a great time. I see this as a great opportunity to open all aspects of Pittsburgh government, culture, and business to “ordinary” residents, especially children, which is transformative!”
—A. DeGregorgio, Facebook
“Such a fabulous event. Spent the past two days touring sites of Pittsburgh and the North Side that I [have] never seen in my life here as a Pittsburgher. Enjoyed it with the company of great friends and wonderful, knowledgeable and of course friendly volunteers at every site. What an amazing event, showcasing our area and generating interest and revenue for local establishments…Already planning for next year for the sites we didn’t have time for this year.”
—E. Davis, Facebook
“The most beautiful architecture one can see of old and new buildings. I recommend taking the tour for families and people of all ages. You will come away with an education concerning the buildings and the people of Pittsburgh.”
—Island008, Trip Advisor
“I have lived in Pittsburgh all my life, and I learned things on this tour I never knew. This was one of my favorite things I’ve ever done to be honest with you. It’s well worth it.”
–Google review, Bobby M.
“We loved it! 2019 was our first DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh, despite being Pittsburghers all of our lives. It will not be our last! We marveled at the beauty of the churches and the incredible architecture and history of the Downtown buildings from the age of Frick and Mellon…”
—Bellinismom, Trip Advisor