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Insider's Guide: Senator John Heinz History Center

Safely explore Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center.

The health and safety of visitors and staff is the History Center’s top priority. The History Center and its museums have established new procedures and policies to ensure all guests feel safe upon entering the buildings and enjoying the exhibitions.


Uncover 250 years of Western Pennsylvania history at the Senator John Heinz History Center. The Smithsonian Affiliate features the original TV set from the iconic "Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood," the world's largest collection of Heinz artifacts, and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.

Plan Your Visit

The Senator John Heinz History Center and its family museums, including the Fort Pitt Museum and Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, are open! To help manage capacity and keep visitors safe, guests are encouraged to pre-purchase online tickets and reserve a date and time of visit. Showcase your Pittsburgh Pride and enjoy all the benefits of being a member, including free admission to the History Center and its museums, and a membership to the Smithsonian Institution. Learn more about being a History Center Member.  

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4 Museums in 3 Locations 

The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum is a museum-within-a-museum. Located on the second and third floors of the History Center, this sports museum celebrates Pittsburgh’s iconic sports legacy. Take a stroll to the historic Point State Park and see the Fort Pitt Museum, a two-floor, 12,000 square-foot museum that features the region’s essential role during the French & Indian War and the American Revolution. Located in Avella, Washington County, Pennsylvania, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village is the oldest site of human habitation in North America. This National Historic Landmark also houses three outdoor areas including a 16th century Indian village, 18th century Frontier Trading Post and 19th century village. 

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American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith 

Now open, experience America's history through rare artifacts, engaging interactives and immersive exhibit design at the latest traveling exhibition, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith. This exhibit, developed in partnership with the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, showcases how Pittsburghers and events in the Western Pennsylvania region have helped shape our democracy, including the Whiskey Rebellion, African American and women's suffrage, the civil rights movement and more. The American Democracy exhibition is included with the price of admission.  

Insider's Tip: Be sure to check out a signed land grant from Benjamin Franklin and a traveling desk that belonged to George Washington. 

What Else Do I Need to Know?

Adult Admission: $18 ($9 for students)

Child Admission: $9 for ages 6-17. 5 and under are free.

Senior Admission: $15

Parking: Paid Parking.

Expand your knowledge of Western PA and plan your next family adventure with a trip to the Heinz History Center - Pennsylvania’s largest history museum! Visit the History Center’s website for more information and to plan your visit

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