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Senator John Heinz History Center

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Visit the Senator John Heinz History Center, Pennsylvania’s largest history museum and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, to celebrate more than 250 years of Western Pennsylvania history.

The History Center features six floors and 370,000 square feet of traveling and long-term exhibitions that appeal to children and adults alike. From George Washington’s first adventures in the region during the French & Indian War to the Super Steelers, Pittsburgh’s greatest stories are told at the History Center.

The History Center's core exhibit, Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation, celebrates the Pittsburgh people and inventions that have changed the way we live, work and play. The two-story, long-term exhibition, which spans more than 16,000 square feet, highlights Western Pennsylvania’s contributions to art, medicine, industry, education, sports, technology, and much more.

At The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, a dynamic museum-within-a-museum, visitors can experience the thrill of Western Pennsylvania’s unmatched sports legacy. The glory of Super Bowl, World Series and Stanley Cup victories, the grit and sweat of a high school football tradition, the stories of Pittsburgh’s unmatched Negro League tradition, and much more is captured inside this 20,000 square feet exhibit with more than 70 hands-on interactive exhibits, and 20 audio-visual programs.

As part of the Blue Star Museums Program, admission to the Heinz History Center will be free for all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID Card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID Card, which includes active duty military personnel—and up to five of their immediate family members—in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve.

Located in the Pittsburgh's Strip District, just minutes from downtown, the History Center is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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  • Description: You and your guests can immerse yourselves in the region's 250-year history at the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center. In the Great Hall, vintage vehicles such as a Conestoga Wagon, 1919 Fire Truck, rare stainless steel 1936 Delux Ford Stainless Steel, and 1940s trolley provide a rare backdrop.
  • Miles from DLCC: 0.20

Meeting Facility Rooms

Room Name Dimensions Ceiling Sq. Ft. Theater Classroom Size Banquet Capacity Reception
Great Room X       5800.00             250     400  
Sebastian Mueller Center X       6144.00     600         400     1000  
Campbell Gallery X       960.00     70         60     100  
Library Reading Room X       2400.00     180         150     225  
U.S. Steel Foundation Boardroom X       680.00             30     40  
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