Ours is a city built on steel. Pittsburgh's steel not only helped to build our nation but helped to defend it as well.
From September 2-8, 2015 take a tour of the USS LST-325 landing ship while it's docked near Heinz Field at Riverfront Park on Pittsburgh's North Shore. This functioning piece of World War II history is one of 1,051 landing ships designed and built in 1942 to deliver battle-ready men and machines to Allied forward operating positions. Many of these LSTs, including the first one ever built, were manufactured in Pittsburgh by the Dravo Corporation on Neville Island and the American Bridge Company in Ambridge. Dravo Corp. built 146 of these ships and American Bridge Co. built 123.
Self-guided tours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Allow about an hour, but stay as long as you want.
Admission: $10, $5 for ages 5-18, free for age 4 and under, $20 per family (parents and children younger than 18)
While you're in a WWII history mindset, why not stop by the Senator John Heinz History Center for the exhibition, We Can Do It!: WWII. Developed by the History Center, this 10,000 square-foot exhibition focuses on Pittsburgh's role on both the home front and the battlefield during World War II.
The exhibition (closing January 4, 2016) explores the development of the Jeep -- a uniquely American invention produced by the American Bantam Car Company in Butler, Pa., and reveals the stories behind real-life "Rosie the Riveters" and the local Tuskegee Airmen whose contributions made an unquestionable impact on the war effort. Featuring rare artifacts, life-like museum figures, interactive displays, and immersive museum settings, We Can Do It! brings the 1940s to life as our nation commemorates the 75th anniversary of the start of WWII.