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Fort Pitt Museum, Pittsburgh

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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.

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 operation of the museum and reopened it in April 2010.

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  • This would have be a 5 star experience but their lighting inside caused a big problem with the lights reflecting in the glass making it very hard to get good pictures. Other exhibits also reflected.....  more »
  • Very good museum on the history of the city. The Fort was very instrumental its development. Only wish it had extended hours since it was hard to fit in during the day.  more »
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  • I thought the Fort Pitt museum was interesting especially with respect to the settlers and the Native Americans as well as the history of the wars fought in and around Pittsburgh. The displays were well thought out and the museum was extremely clean. I just wish there were more interactive things to do. I wonder if that information is out there on the Internet anyway I thought the Fort Pitt Museum was interesting especially with respect to the settlers and the Native Americans as well as the history of the wars fought in and around Pittsburgh. The displays were well thought out and the museum was extremely clean. I just wish there were more interactive things to do. I wonder if that information is out there on the Internet anyway. With that said I would still advise going.
  • Nice place to visit lots of history.. looks like a small place but don't be fooled by its size. Highly recomend this place very interesting.

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