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Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh

(4.6/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Wanted to see this place for a while, heard good things. Were scheduled to see a hockey game later in the day so we headed to Pa. from Ohio early. It is not the greatest museum in the world but we had...  more »
  • This is the place to go if you want to know all about Pittsburgh. It is full of fascinating information about Pittsburgh and its history. Makes you proud to be from this city. Have been several times ...  more »
  • We visited the Heinz History Center during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. It was crowded but easy to move around and see everything (or almost everything). At 3 1/2 hours, we still cou...  more »
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  • Excellent museum of culture and history of western Pennsylvania. Large museum with several floors of incredible displays. Great location close to the Strip District shopping areas.
  • Not bad but also not good. You have to pay almost 15for admision fee and 5 for parking. Sports section was not bad and rest of them are indifferent.
  • It's so huge and full of so many interesting exhibits! Plan to come in the morning and leave late in the evening if you want to see all exhibits. You might not be able to see all of them even then.
  • What an interesting place for learning more about the many layers of the past that make up Pittsburgh. My wife and I spent three hours at the museum this morning and we really enjoyed all of the exhibits. The Lewis and Clark, French and Indian War Exhibit, Heinz Company... All good. But we loved the glass exhibit and the special collections, including Mr Rogers Neighborhood. Lots to see, lots to consider. Worth a visit.
  • The Heinz history center is one of the best museums period. It does an excellent job of highlighting Pittsburgh in the context of national or global history. If you want to learn more about the history of Pittsburgh, this is the place to come.