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Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh

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Discover the history of Pittsburgh and learn about the contributions Pennsylvanians made to the global community at Senator John Heinz History Center. Spread over six floors of the museum's historic building, the collection takes you on a journey through Pennsylvania's past, from Native American settlements to modern times. The museum includes an exhibit about the life and legacy of Sen. John Heinz. You'll also find on site the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, with artifacts related to local teams and sports heroes, such as Franco Harris, Arnold Palmer, and Mario Lemieux. The Detre Library and Archives is here, too, holding thousands of publications about Pennsylvania, including maps and atlases. One admission fee gives you access to all of these. Plan your Senator John Heinz History Center visit and explore what else you can see and do in Pittsburgh using our Pittsburgh journey planner.
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  • Standouts include: the Mr. Rogers' exhibits, the athletes who shaped the history of Pittsburgh sports, and the giant tower of Heinz. Whether you are a local or a traveler who loves history, give... 
    Standouts include: the Mr. Rogers' exhibits, the athletes who shaped the history of Pittsburgh sports, and the giant tower of Heinz. Whether you are a local or a traveler who loves history, give...  more »
  • My family (me, wife, two pre-teen boys) visits family in Pittsburgh often and have been to most of the major attractions, but this was our first time at this museum. We were very impressed. There... 
    My family (me, wife, two pre-teen boys) visits family in Pittsburgh often and have been to most of the major attractions, but this was our first time at this museum. We were very impressed. There...  more »
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  • Fascinating history museum! The exhibits on Pittsburgh as an industrial and medical powerhouse were informative, but it's the ones on Mister Rogers and the iconic Heinz brand that really stood out for us. Admission also includes access to a huge Sports Museum that pays tribute to local teams and athletes. We spent 2.5 hours here. Interesting tidbit: The building that houses the museum was once an ice storage facility. It started to decline as refrigerators became ubiquitous after WW2. There is paid parking ($10 flat rate) across the street from the museum and we didn't have trouble finding a good spot.
  • Mr Rogers is awesome. Loved the displays with him. Also, there is an informative and emotional slavery to freedom exhibit. My dog has to stay with grandparents because he's not the best traveler. So he did not see the cool displays. He is sleeping on the couch at Grandma's though so he's fine. However, he keeps eating grandma's dog's food. There might be some tension there.

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