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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  • This was a nice way to spend several hours, especially if you are from Western Pennsylvania. There was a lot of local history that made it interesting. Plan on spending 3-4 hours, if you really...  more »
  • This is an amazing museum but I had to rate it down because some of the exhibits were closed off the day we were there (the tradition of innovation which covered 2 floors). I had read about that...  more »
  • This museum was a lot of fun. My only complaint is that there was WAY too much to see in one afternoon. The exhibits are extremely diverse and detailed. I would like to go back to really focus on the stuff I had to gloss over due to lack of time. Parking was affordable and not too far away from the museum. The admission price also seemed pretty fair. There are a couple of really excellent kids' spaces that appealed to all of my children (oldest: 11, youngest, 13 months). We also enjoyed taking the stairs between floors (which was like a museum in and of itself) and getting all the stamps and the prize at the end. There's a small snack bar with various snacks, drinks and light meals available for purchase, along with tables and chairs for enjoying these snacks. Gift shop has a variety of items related to the exhibits at varying price points. This is a great museum. Everyone in the family should find an exhibit that interests them. Just don't expect to see EVERYTHING in one trip.
  • Be prepared for an all-day trip to this museum. It is HUGE! It is multiple floors of interactive, informative, and fun displays. There is something for everyone- from the children's section for our toddler to the sports section for my husband to the Vietnam section for me. Also, the Mr. Rogers display is really cool and nostalgic. I'd recommend this place to anyone who visits Pittsburgh! Admission is very decently priced considering how vast this place is!

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