Senator John Heinz History Center

Senator John Heinz History Center
  • 1212 Smallman St.
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15222
  • Phone: 412-454-6000
  • Fax: 412-454-6031
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Ketch-up on Western Pennsylvania history at the Smithsonian’s home in Pittsburgh!

Voted “Pittsburgh’s Best Museum” in 2022, the Senator John Heinz History Center is Pennsylvania’s largest history museum where you can see Smithsonian artifacts daily throughout six floors of engaging exhibitions, perfect for visitors of all ages.

Explore the “Neighborhood of Make Believe” in the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood exhibit, which includes the original living room set, puppets, and other iconic objects from the beloved children’s television show. Take a selfie next to an 11-foot Heinz ketchup bottle and immerse yourself in the delicious 150-year history of the H.J. Heinz Company.

The museum’s flagship exhibit, Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation, is where you can flex like Rosie the Riveter, learn about the region’s contributions to the Apollo 11 moon landing mission, and see how Pittsburgh transformed from a steel-making industrial powerhouse to a worldwide leader in technology, medicine, and education.

Experience the journey of Black freedom seekers and discover Pittsburgh’s importance to the Underground Railroad inside the powerful From Slavery to Freedom exhibit.

Big sports fan? The History Center is home to the two-floor Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, which celebrates legendary athletes and unforgettable moments from the City of Champions.

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  • Campbell Gallery

    Occupancy: 60 - 100
    Area: 960 feet

    Configuration Capacity
    Theater 70.00
    Banquet 60.00
    Reception 100.00
  • Great Room

    Occupancy: 250 - 400
    Area: 5,800 feet

    Configuration Capacity
    Banquet 250.00
    Reception 400.00
  • Library Reading Room

    Occupancy: 150 - 225
    Area: 2,400 feet

    Configuration Capacity
    Theater 180.00
    Banquet 150.00
    Reception 225.00
  • Sebastian Mueller Center

    Occupancy: 400 - 1000
    Area: 6,144 feet

    Configuration Capacity
    Theater 600.00
    Banquet 400.00
    Reception 1000.00
  • U.S. Steel Foundation Boardroom

    Occupancy: 30 - 40
    Area: 680 feet

    Configuration Capacity
    Banquet 30.00
    Reception 40.00

Our Commitment:

  • The health and safety of our visitors and residents will always remain our top priorities
  • Our health and safety guidelines follow the directives of the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Health Departments, as well as the City of Pittsburgh. 
  • We will serve as a reputable resource for the Pittsburgh tourism community.
  • We will provide you with the most up-to-date information and guidelines so you can confidently move about Pittsburgh.
  • We always will look out for your best interest. You have our word.

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  • Encouraged use of Masks by Guests
  • Enforced Social Distancing
  • Enhanced Cleaning/Disinfecting Procedures
  • Mandatory Mask Usage by Employees
  • Sanitization Stations
  • Sneeze Guards or Other Barriers