Discover Pittsburgh: Tour of the Maxo Vanka Murals

TOURS: 10am & 11:30am 

All programs are FREE and open to the public. This is part of a four day series of events for more information visit

Experience a slice of Pittsburgh history from it’s Steel Mill heyday and learn about the devoted artist responsible for the landmark Millvale murals. These works are acclaimed for their technique, unusual subject matter for a church commission, modern restoration, and relevance to today’s political/social climate.

24 Maryland Avenue - 15209

Parking: empty parking lot to the left of St. Nicholas Croatian Cathloic Church

Directions: After exiting at Millvale, depending on your direction, either turn left or merge onto East Ohio Street. Make sure to then turn left to remain on Ohio Street. After a right onto Maryland Ave you will arrive at murals location.

For photos and more information about the remarkable Maxo Vanka murals at St. Nicholas Croatian Church in Millvale, please visit

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  • Janet H.

    This tour of the murals was really cool! Our speaker was informative and easy to listen to. He used a spotlight to point out the various murals so we knew where to look. Maxo Vanka was quite an expressive artist. So nice to have a daytime tour!

    October 8, 2013

  • Cheryl

    I'm sorry to have missed this tour. I saw the notice too late. Is it possible to arrange for a tour on my own, or perhaps your group will organize another one in the future?

    October 7, 2013

    • Linda F.

      The preservation group does a tour every Sat at 11am

      October 7, 2013

    • Cheryl

      Thanks so much, Linda!

      October 8, 2013

  • Linda F.

    a fantastic discovery of a hidden treasure in Millvale. A must see for art lovers. There is a tour every Saturday starting at 11am.

    October 7, 2013

  • Lorinda Novosel H.

    When you come to the intersection where Grant St meets the off ramp from Route 28 into Millvale (near the 40th Street Bridge), you can see the church and school at the top of the hill. Turn onto the small side street and head up the hill toward the church. Keep your eye on the "prize," and you'll see the street right below it. Enjoy---these are absolutely beautiful!

    September 25, 2013

  • Julia E. T.

    Where exactly is this event located? In or near Lawrenceville or further, like closer to Friendship or Bloomfield? Or is it closer to the Southside or Strip District? Julia

    September 24, 2013

  • Lorinda Novosel H.

    I have seen these before the restoration. One of the docents was a little girl when these were painted and told of the artist and the parish priest mixing the paints. If you are of Eastern European descent, take advantage of this beautiful opportunity to find out why we are here, and what our immigrant family members came to vs what they came from.

    2 · September 23, 2013

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