Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center

Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center Part of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, the museum is an educational resource focusing on the life and career of renowned mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne.
The museum is part of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. We are a non-profit 501 (c)(3) whose educational mission is to encourage and further an interest in the art of opera, philanthropy, and the arts through the life, career, and achievements of Marilyn Horne.

Born in Bradford, Pennsylvania, in 1934, Marilyn Horne began singing at a very young age. She would go on to become one of the most recognized and beloved opera stars in the world. The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center showcases her life, career, and achievements as an artist, a philanthropist, and an educator. The 3,400 square-foot, state-of-the-art exhibition space features artifacts from her personal archive, interactive touchscreen exhibits, and a theater space that recreates the look and feel of an 18th-century Italian opera house. The collection includes reproductions of some of the lavish costumes Marilyn Horne wore while performing in some of her most famous roles. The museum is housed in a circa 1932 Art Deco building conveniently located in the heart of Bradford’s historic downtown district. You will be dazzled by the building’s grand foyer with marble flooring and architectural details reminiscent of the 1930s. Adjacent to the museum is a gift store and café serving specialty coffees, pastries, and lighter fare.

Mission: Open year-round and free to the public, the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center is an educational resource dedicated to the life, career, and achievements of renowned American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne.

Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center's cover photo
04/22/2020

Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center's cover photo

We're working on a new behind-the-scenes video featuring objects from our vast collection, which are not on view to the ...
04/17/2020

We're working on a new behind-the-scenes video featuring objects from our vast collection, which are not on view to the public. Here's a sneak peek - wonderful photo of Marilyn at the White House in December 2005 with her assistant, President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. Stay tuned!

03/27/2020
Marilyn Horne Museum Glimpse Behind the Scenes

Since the museum is closed we've been working on ways to bring the museum into your home! Hoping everyone is safe and healthy! #pittbradford #marilynhornemusuem #opera

The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center costume collection is comprised of reproductions, couture recital gowns, and original stage costumes. Take a glim...

03/20/2020
Why Art Matters

A powerful message about art. If you are stuck at home, don't forget that you live in the most connected era in the history of the world. If you are reading this, you have the ability to explore the world's great museums, performances, literature and more from the palm of your hand for free. Art heals, it inspires, it challenges the imagination. Take advantage of this strange time that has been given to us and take a moment out of each day to explore the beauty of human creation. 🎭🎨🎻

In an increasingly technological world, it’s easy for the arts to be overshadowed. Listen as some of Interlochen Arts Camp’s instructors share the importance...

I'd like to introduce Henry. He is the new personal assistant at the home-based command center for the museum. #marilynh...
03/19/2020

I'd like to introduce Henry. He is the new personal assistant at the home-based command center for the museum. #marilynhornemuseum #pittbradford #catsofinstagram

Be safe. Stay healthy! #WashYourHands 🤲
03/18/2020

Be safe. Stay healthy! #WashYourHands 🤲

The National Endowment for the Arts frequently tracks attendance to arts events in the U.S. In 2017, 5.3 million adults ...
03/17/2020

The National Endowment for the Arts frequently tracks attendance to arts events in the U.S. In 2017, 5.3 million adults attended an opera. That's 2.2% of the entire population of the United States!

We have made the decision to close the museum, cafe and shop temporarily. Stay tuned for more information about when we ...
03/16/2020

We have made the decision to close the museum, cafe and shop temporarily. Stay tuned for more information about when we will reopen.

The museum shop is celebrating Women's History Month in March with a selection of books and gifts about famous women, in...
03/10/2020

The museum shop is celebrating Women's History Month in March with a selection of books and gifts about famous women, including our very own favorite mezzo! #museums #museumstores #marilynhorne #marilynhornemuseum #pittbradford

Happy International Women's Day. An equal world is an enabled world. #IWD2020  #EachforEqual #marilynhornemuseum #pittbr...
03/08/2020

Happy International Women's Day. An equal world is an enabled world.

#IWD2020 #EachforEqual #marilynhornemuseum #pittbradford

This is not your grandmother's opera! 🎺
03/05/2020
Joyce DiDonato: Tiny Desk Concert

This is not your grandmother's opera! 🎺

Watch the celebrated opera star deconstruct old Italian love songs with her signature flair, backed by a crack jazz ensemble.

If you're one of the many people who don't know what a conductor actually "does", this is a great read!
02/14/2020
Why do orchestras need a conductor?

If you're one of the many people who don't know what a conductor actually "does", this is a great read!

A conductor has got one of the most visible jobs in the world, but despite this, many people are completely baffled by what they actually DO. What difference are they making? Would the orchestra still play without them? And why do they sweat so much?

As we celebrate Black History Month, a wonderful piece from the LA Opera about talented black singers who paved the way ...
02/05/2020
6 Black Opera Singers Who Changed the Game | LA Opera

As we celebrate Black History Month, a wonderful piece from the LA Opera about talented black singers who paved the way for a new generation of performers, with a bonus mention of (our favorite) conductor Henry Lewis. #marilynhornemuseum #blackhistorymonth #classicalmusic #pittbradford

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La gazza ladra, anyone?#marilynhornemuseum #opera #Rossini #pittbradford
01/31/2020

La gazza ladra, anyone?

#marilynhornemuseum #opera #Rossini #pittbradford

Want to save money on your favorite coffees ☕️ in the museum cafe or on the hundreds of items🏺we have in the museum shop...
01/31/2020

Want to save money on your favorite coffees ☕️ in the museum cafe or on the hundreds of items🏺we have in the museum shop? Join the new Marilyn Horne Museum Opera Guild today and you can save 20% off your Starbucks favorites and enjoy 10% off museum merchandise for an entire year. More information is available online! Memberships can be only be purchased at the retail desk in the main lobby of Marilyn Horne Hall.

https://www.marilynhorne.org/operaguild.html

We're joining Pitt-Bradford Arts Programming for the evening performance of "The Rainbow Fish" on February 4th! The muse...
01/30/2020

We're joining Pitt-Bradford Arts Programming for the evening performance of "The Rainbow Fish" on February 4th! The museum shop will have a pop-up shop with books and fabulous Rainbow Fish plush toys from YOTTOY! We will have limited quantities so come early and don't let your Rainbow Fish swim away!

Happy 86th to our favorite living legend. 🎂🍾🥂 #happybirthday #marilynhorne #mezzo #soprano
01/16/2020

Happy 86th to our favorite living legend. 🎂🍾🥂 #happybirthday #marilynhorne #mezzo #soprano

Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center's cover photo
01/06/2020

Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center's cover photo

Really wonderful concert tonight by the Christopher Azzara Trio playing Vince Guaraldi's gorgeous music from A Charlie B...
12/21/2019

Really wonderful concert tonight by the Christopher Azzara Trio playing Vince Guaraldi's gorgeous music from A Charlie Brown Christmas. #Christmas #concerts #marilynhornemuseum #pittbradford

Take advantage of our extended shopping hours through Monday and avoid the crowds at the big stores! The museum shop wil...
12/20/2019

Take advantage of our extended shopping hours through Monday and avoid the crowds at the big stores! The museum shop will be open through Monday December 23 for last minute shoppers. We have a wonderful selection of toys, puzzles, books, stationery, jewelry - everything for him and her, big and small. Come support your community and avoid the headache of big box retailers! #Christmas #shopping #gifts #shopsmall #shoplocal

There are only eight shopping days left until Christmas! The museum shop is well stocked. Looking for stocking stuffers?...
12/17/2019

There are only eight shopping days left until Christmas! The museum shop is well stocked. Looking for stocking stuffers? We've got you covered! ☃️ 🎄 🎁 #museums #marilynhornemuseum #shopsmall #shoplocal

Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center's cover photo
12/17/2019

Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center's cover photo

The cafe and gift shop are decorated and ready to make some holiday magic tomorrow. Time to go home and get ready for th...
12/14/2019

The cafe and gift shop are decorated and ready to make some holiday magic tomorrow. Time to go home and get ready for the Christmas market tomorrow. #marilynhornemuseum #pittbradford #museums

Today is world violin day! Did you know the most expensive violin in the world was sold at auction in 2016 for an estima...
12/13/2019

Today is world violin day! Did you know the most expensive violin in the world was sold at auction in 2016 for an estimated $16 million! The anonymous buyer has generously loaned the instrument to violinist Anne Akiko Meyers for the rest of her life.

The Dickens Christmas event is only two days away! Thank you to The Bradford Era for the wonderful front-page story toda...
12/12/2019
Dickens Christmas

The Dickens Christmas event is only two days away! Thank you to The Bradford Era for the wonderful front-page story today. We have a complete list of our participating artist-vendors at the link below. We hope to see you there!

We are so excited that the fabulous Jenn Stillman will be joining us at the market on Saturday! Jenn is not only a talen...
12/12/2019

We are so excited that the fabulous Jenn Stillman will be joining us at the market on Saturday! Jenn is not only a talented photographer but makes fabulous jewelry pieces as well! #marilynhornemuseum #dickenschristmas #pittbradford

Sneak peak of the necklaces I’ll have for sale this Saturday 🙂

Getting Horne Hall ready for the Dickens Christmas event this Saturday! Hope you can join us and celebrate this magical ...
12/09/2019

Getting Horne Hall ready for the Dickens Christmas event this Saturday! Hope you can join us and celebrate this magical time of year! #marilynhornemuseum #pittbradford #dickens #Christmas

Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center's cover photo
12/02/2019

Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center's cover photo

Congratulations to our #MuseumStoreSunday contest winner! She and a guest will be flying round-trip to Pittsburgh to see...
12/02/2019

Congratulations to our #MuseumStoreSunday contest winner! She and a guest will be flying round-trip to Pittsburgh to see the @PittsburghOpera production of "Carmen" this Spring at the fabulous Benedum Center!

Bring the family down tonight! We have plenty of off-street free parking behind Marilyn Horne Hall.
11/27/2019

Bring the family down tonight! We have plenty of off-street free parking behind Marilyn Horne Hall.

We hosted 200 third-graders between Friday and Monday! Phew! Great group of kids from School Street Elementary! They had...
11/26/2019

We hosted 200 third-graders between Friday and Monday! Phew! Great group of kids from School Street Elementary! They had a fun time at the museum and learned about a new art form and a hometown celebrity. #marilynhornemuseum School StreetElementarySchool

Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center's cover photo
11/25/2019

Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center's cover photo

11/23/2019

Another wonderful chamber concert with some incredibly talented artists. Tonight's performance was at Marilyn's old stomping grounds, Church of Ascension in Bradford where the Horne family sang with the choir in the 30s and 40s. Thank you @nicoleloswald1, Robert Kaufman and Adeline Angevine for an enchanting evening of music. #museums #chambermusic #pittbradford #marilynhornemuseum

11/12/2019

Every day, the Marilyn Horne Museum celebrates its location in the Allegheny National Forest region. These delightful woodsy #Christmas ornaments just arrived in the #museumshop today! Come and get yours before they're all gone! #museums #opera #museumstores #pittbradford

Come on down today for a complimentary treat and a 10% discount in the museum shop! You can also enter to win one of our...
11/09/2019

Come on down today for a complimentary treat and a 10% discount in the museum shop! You can also enter to win one of our exclusive 2019 gold-plated commemorative ornaments! The museum shop is open until 6 p.m. today!

Have you been dreaming about a Starbucks peppermint mocha? Well the holiday flavors debut tomorrow at the Marilyn Horne ...
11/07/2019

Have you been dreaming about a Starbucks peppermint mocha? Well the holiday flavors debut tomorrow at the Marilyn Horne Museum Cafe! ☃️☕️

Address

2 Marilyn Horne Way
Bradford, PA
16701

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(814) 362-7990

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