Plan Your Visit

Accessibility

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures encourages persons with disabilities to attend all events we present.

Services

ASL, CART, and Hearing Assistive Devices

If you would like to request ASL interpretation, CART services, or hearing assistive devices, or if you have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Shanna Carrick by email or by phone (412.622.8866) in advance of your participation or visit.

Wheelchair Location

If a wheelchair location is desired, please notify the ticket service representative at the time of purchase.

Service Animals

Service animals are welcome at all of our events!

Restrooms

All venues have handicap accessible restrooms.

Getting Around at Our Venues

Carnegie Music Hall

The Carnegie Music Hall has three floors, all accessible by elevator. Most seats on the second and third floor balconies have steps, with a railing, leading down to the front of the balcony.

Parking

Parking is located at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. The museum operates a six-level parking facility for cars and small vans. The entrance is located at the intersection of S. Craig Street and Forbes Avenue.

There are two drop-off areas:

  • The Carriage Drive entrance on Forbes Avenue: Driving down Forbes there is a half-circle driveway on the right where the Natural History Museum’s entrance is located and the lobby is connected directly to the Carnegie Music Hall.
  • Rear of the museum: There is also an entrance at the rear of the Museum of Art next to the Sculpture Garden. There are glass power assist doors that you can use to enter the Museums at the lower level. You can then take the elevator to the first floor and take the ramp down to the first floor to get to the Carnegie Music Hall.

Please feel free to ask a security guard for directions!

Carnegie Lecture Hall

There is a recently updated accessible entrance at the Lecture Hall with an easy-to-use lift through the doors to the right of the stairs of the main entrance.

Additional wheelchair accessibility for the Carnegie Lecture Hall is available through the Portal Entry, located in the Carnegie Museums parking lot. We would be happy to arrange for someone to meet you at the Portal Entry so that you may take the Museum elevators up to the Carnegie Lecture Hall.

Byham Theater

The Byham Theatre has a drop off area right in front of the theater on 6th Street.

Accessible seating is available throughout the first floor upon request (by phone or online).

Text Description of Carnegie Music Hall & Carnegie Library Lecture Hall

Carnegie Music Hall (Ten Evenings Programs Only)

The Carnegie Music Hall seats just fewer than 1900 patrons. Follows is a description of the seating configuration. Keep in mind that the directions left and right are, in relation to your entry point, at the back of the theater.  The Hall has three floors of seating: the orchestra and dress circle are on the first, the first balcony is on the second, and the second balcony is on the third floor. There is one elevator to access the 2nd and 3rd floors. The seating in the Hall is numbered beginning with seat number 1 being the left-most seat in that section.

The Orchestra seating is the closest to the stage with three sections: Left, Center, and Right. The first row is Row A in Orchestra Left and Right and has 7 movable seats that have more leg room to accommodate guests, and the rows in both sections go from A to H. Row H is also movable seating that can easily accommodate guests with wheelchairs.  In Orchestra Left and Right there is only one aisle seat for each row. In Orchestra Left the aisle seat is seat 10 in rows B through D, seat 9 in row E, seat 8 in row F, and seat 7 in row G. In Orchestra Right the aisle seats in all rows are all numbered seat 1.

The Center of the Orchestra goes from rows A to L, with accessible aisle seats on both sides. Rows A through C are numbered 1 to 9, Rows D through G are numbered 1 to 10, and Rows H through L are numbered 1 to 11.

The Dress Circle, on the first floor, is split into 5 sections – section 1 is the left most section and section 5 is the right most, with section 3 being right in the center. These sections curve around behind the Orchestra in a semi-circle. The Rows start at A and end at G, totalling 7 rows.

The First Balcony is similar in set-up to the Dress Circle. The Rows start at A and end at J.  Rows A through H are accessible only by stairs.  There are 5 sections with 9 Rows each, with the exception of the center section which has 8 rows.

The Second Balcony is all general admission, open seating.  You may be assigned a number on your physical ticket, but this is not a seating location.  There are 614 seats in the second balcony that are laid-out almost identically to the first balcony, with five sections with 8 rows each, with the exception of the center section which has 7.  You will be able to take any open seat in the second balcony with your general admission ticket.

Carnegie Library Lecture Hall

The Carnegie Library Lecture Hall seats about 600 patrons, and is typically used as general admission, open seating. The central seats that are directly in front of the stage are accessible by aisles on both the left and right side in rows A though G, with row H having just 2 seats on each side, for 8 rows total. These seats are on the first floor and require no steps to access. Rows A through G are 15 to 19 seats long. There is wheelchair seating in the first row and in the middle of the back row of the first floor.

There is more seating in the upper level, with 9 rows lettered row A through J in 4 separate sections in a half-circle around the stage.  The seating is accessible by a stairs on both the left and right sides.