Atlas Obscura is hitting the road. Atlas Obscura Co-Founder Dylan Thuras is taking a short road trip, traveling to cities and towns looking to add new hidden places to the Atlas and meeting up with Atlas fans to share adventures along the way. In short, we are looking to find and celebrate the pluralistic beauty and diversity that helps define both America and Atlas Obscura.
At each location the day will end with a meetup at a local bar or coffeeshop for a place-a-thon, a celebration of what is weird and good in the world around us. Come with ideas, and if you have one, bring your laptop. We will get to know each other and add great new locations to the Atlas!
We've realized recently that Atlas Obscura only has a few listings in Pittsburgh. We're certain that there is much more wonderful weirdness waiting to be discovered within the city, but we need your help! So come meet up with Dylan, join him for a day of Atlas adventures and bring your ideas for the most under-appreciated hidden wonders of Pittsburgh. Feel free to come to any, all, or just one of the day's events and be sure to introduce yourself. Dylan will be the one with the Atlas Obscura totebag.
10:00 - 12:00 at the Center for PostNatural History
Traditional museums document organisms as they naturally live and develop in their environment. The CPNH takes the process one step further by presenting life-forms that have been intentionally altered by human beings through artificial selection and/or genetic engineering. These organisms range from milk cows and house cats to ‘atomic’ rodents exposed to radiation during and after the Manhattan Project. We will visit and take a tour with the museum's founder Richard Pell.
12:30 to 2:00 at the St. Anthony Chapel Reliquary
St. Anthony’s chapel, set in a small neighborhood overlooking Pittsburgh, PA, houses the largest collection of religious relics in the world outside the Vatican with nearly 6,000 relics on display. Join us to take a tour and learn about the history of the collection. As this is a functioning church, reverence and respect are required on the tour, but stunned silence won’t be hard to express as the collection is absolutely spectacular!
3:00 - 4:30 for a Behind the Scenes Tour of ScareHouse
ScareHouse is Pittsburgh's year round haunted house, and has been rated as one of the most frightening haunted houses in the country. We will join a staff member for an exclusive behind the scenes tour of ScareHouse and get to see the way these unusual terrors are put together!
6:00 - 8:00 at Max's Allegheny Tavern
Finally, for those who couldn't make it out to the adventures (or for those who did and want to relax afterwards with a drink) we will be meeting at Max's to discuss all of Pittsburgh's great weird locations over food and drinks. This is a chance to hang and talk AO. If you have a laptop we encourage you to bring it so that we can help add your amazing place suggestions to the site!
P.S. The new Atlas Obscura Book will be available for purchase and signing from Dylan at the bar!