Fort Pitt Museum is an indoor/outdoor museum that is administered by the Senator John Heinz History Center in downtown Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in the United States. It is at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, where the Ohio River is formed. Fort Pitt Museum is surrounded by Point State Park, a Pennsylvania state park named for the geographically and historically significant point that is between the rivers. This piece of land was key to controlling the upper reaches of the Ohio River Valley and western Pennsylvania, before, during and after the French and Indian War as well as the American Revolution.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Fort Pitt Museum by using our Pittsburgh trip planner.
The museum is in a recreated bastion of Fort Pitt, which was originally built in 1758 by the British. An outline of Fort Duquesne is nearby. The historical focus of the museum is the role that Fort Pitt played during the French and Indian War. The museum also features detailed information on Fort Pitt's role during the American Revolution, the Whiskey Rebellion and the founding of Pittsburgh. The museum was established and operated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission until its closure in August 2009 from state budget cuts. The Heinz Center took over the operation of the museum and reopened it in April 2010.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
Fort Pitt Museum reviews
Visited on a Saturday afternoon and it was not busy. Great two story museum on the history of the fort and how it changed hands from the French to the British. Many good exhibits.
Visited on a Saturday afternoon and it was not busy. Great two story museum on the history of the fort and how it changed hands from the French to the British. Many good exhibits. more »
When I came to the museum, I was so surprised. An excellent staff member gave me and my grandfather, and a few others a tour of the Fort Pitt Museum. The staff was very nice and always took...
When I came to the museum, I was so surprised. An excellent staff member gave me and my grandfather, and a few others a tour of the Fort Pitt Museum. The staff was very nice and always took... more »
Great place to visit in downtown Pittsburgh. Lots to see and learn. Head over to the Point when your done and take a stroll. Always a great time.
Great museum detailing the history of the area. Great exhibits and some AMAZING artifacts in a nicely laid out 2-story building with wonderful views of the 3 rivers and old fort. Really really cool that they have 2 cannons used at Yorktown and personally recognized by Marquis de Lafayette! Great spot definitely worth a visit!!
Plan your trip to Pittsburgh
- Get a personalized tripA full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
- Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
- Manage itEverything in one place. Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Pittsburgh
Museums in Pittsburgh
Side trips from Pittsburgh
Hidden gems in Pittsburgh
Historic Sites in Pittsburgh
Trips in Fort Pitt Museum by other users
29 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM New York City Pittsburgh Hanover 9 days in Pittsburgh BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Strip District Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History Fort Pitt Museum 7 days in Pittsburgh BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Shadyside Frick Art and Historical Center West End - Elliot Overlook Park 4 days in Pittsburgh BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES The Nationality Rooms USS Requin Fort Pitt Museum 6 days in Pittsburgh BY A USER FROM ICELAND Frick Art and Historical Center Carnegie Museum of Art Cathedral of Learning 26 days in Pittsburgh & Its Countryside BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Pittsburgh Grove City