The Andy Warhol Museum has been one of Pittsburgh’s leading tourist destinations since it opened in 1994. And a national travel blog also says it’s one of the nation’s coolest museums.

The Discoverer puts the museum dedicated to Pittsburgh’s own King of Pop Art on its list of the 10 Coolest Museums in the U.S.

I have to agree. Not only can you spend hours in the permanent exhibitions — who hasn’t delighted with “Silver Clouds” and marveled at the famous faces he portrayed — but the museum regularly hosts compelling visiting artists. If you need proof of that, see Paola Pivi: I Want It All through Aug. 15.

And the Andy Warhol Museum is only getting cooler with the announcement of The Pop District, a $60 million project to reinvigorate a six-block section around the museum as a hub for events, creative education and public art.

What did Discoverer like the most? “The coolest part is hidden away on the basement floor; The Factory is a free workshop that allows visitors to make their own art using some of Warhol’s signature techniques.”

The other museums on the list: 

International Spy Museum, Washington, D.C.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Neon Museum, Las Vegas

Museum of Death, Hollywood and New Orleans

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Merritt Island, Florida

Museum of Bad Art, Somerville, Massachusetts

American Museum of Natural History, New York

The World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta

Mardi Gras World, New Orleans

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