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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. Senator John Heinz History Center is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Pittsburgh Edition.
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  • Pittsburgh has some amazing museums. I love the sports and history all rolled into one. Walking the stairs instead of riding the elevator...earns you a pickle pin.  more »
  • Before coming to Pittsburgh, I only knew some of the otherwise well-known facts about Pittsburgh, including the people, events, and even companies that were established in Pittsburgh. During my visit,...  more »
  • The name and sign of this museum suggests that its about the history of Heinz Ketchup but its not; sports are the main point of interest in here with a small little area on ketchup.... Plus side take ...  more »
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  • Had a work event here today and I cannot say enough good things about the events coordinator, Daniella, that handled our event. I'm a new mom and needed a place to pump and she gladly offered me her office to use! That in itself earns them 5 stars in my book, because that was definitely above and beyond!
  • Very well done museum which does a great job of portraying the history of Pittsburgh. The history of Heinz and Western Pennsylvania sports was especially enjoyable. I highly recommend.
  • If you haven't been here, it's so worth a visit. Something interesting for people of all ages and if you grew up in Pittsburgh, you will be instantly transported back to childhood by the exhibits. Must see for the Pittsburgh sports fan. Tip: Don't pull in to the first parking lot you see. There's one for $12 right next to the hotel but right around the corner is one for $6.
  • Was here for an event so didn't get to see most of the museum. What I did say looked really interesting and I really want to go back now. If you're interested in Pittsburgh history this place seems great.
  • Awesome museum with plenty of exhibits to keep you coming back. Great Pittsburgh sports history displays and lots of other Pittsburgh history too. Good way to spend a rainy day.

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Pittsburgh's downtown area is so packed with hotels it is often possible to get top rooms here at bargain prices. Bear in mind that most visitors to Pittsburgh want to stay in this central part of town, so you do need to look for discounts early and book well in advance. If you're visiting universities or other attractions outside of Pittsburgh itself, you can find comfortable airport accommodations just west of the city. Consider also the college neighborhood of Oakland, offering some of the least expensive rooms in Pittsburgh.
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