Senator John Heinz History Center

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  • Address: 1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (Strip District), 15222, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: 412-4546000
  • Fax: +14124546031
  • Ticket Price: 15 USD
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Museums, History Museums, Family And Kids, Exhibition , Specialty Museums, Social, Arts

The Senator John Heinz History Centre, which is an affiliate of the Smithsonian, is the largest history museum in the state of Pennsylvania. It is a magnificent institute housed on a 275,000 square foot plot, and it is a great place of historical importance for the city of Pittsburgh. It includes six floors of marvellous exhibitions, both permanent and changing, and concentrates on the history of Western Pennsylvania.

The History Centre features the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, which is a dream come true for any sports lover. The ‘museum within a museum’ is one of the main attractions of the building, and it captures Pittsburgh’s evolution into a sports leader, spanning over a century and across different sports. It really is an astounding experience, even for the most casual sports enthusiast. The History Centre also includes the Detre Library & Archives, which document 250 years of life in Western Pennsylvania through books, manuscripts, photos and a whole lot more.

  • The Special Collections Gallery houses more than 3,000 artefacts illustrating the rich ethnic history of the Pittsburgh region.
  • The History Centre also operates Meadowcroft Rockshelter, which is known to be the oldest site of human habitation in North America (16,000 years).
  • Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation chronicles 250 years of Western Pennsylvania's enormous contributions to all wakes of life, from Dr. Jonas Salk's discovery of the polio vaccine to the invention of the Big Mac!

The Heinz History Centre is a beautiful tribute to the people who have helped shape the past, present and future of Pittsburgh. If you want to get to know the real Pennsylvania and what the city of Pittsburgh is really about, then this place is your best bet.

  • Students must remember to carry a valid school/ college ID.
  • The History Center is conveniently located at 1212 Smallman Street in Pittsburgh's historic Strip District, which means there are many lots around for parking.
  • History Centre exhibits, including the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum and Detre Library & Archives, are fully accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs and baby strollers are available to visitors on a first come, first served basis.
  • There is a Cafe known as Mix Stirs, located on the History Centre’s first floor. It is open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, soups, and beverages.

  • Adults: $15
  • Children aged 6-17: $6
  • Entry is free for children up to five years.

  • Detre Library & Archives open only Wednesday to Saturday.

  • Bus No. 71A and 87 go straight to The Strip, where the History Centre is located. You can catch connecting buses as well, by taking Bus No. 75, followed by P1 or 88.

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  • Senator John Heinz History Center Address: 1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (Strip District), 15222, United States
  • Senator John Heinz History Center Contact Number: 412-4546000
  • Senator John Heinz History Center Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Senator John Heinz History Center Price: 15 USD
  • Best time to visit Senator John Heinz History Center(preferred time): 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Senator John Heinz History Center: 03:00 Hrs
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  • 27.43% of people who visit Pittsburgh include Senator John Heinz History Center in their plan

  • 73.49% of people start their Senator John Heinz History Center visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Senator John Heinz History Center

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Senator John Heinz History Center

People normally club together Phipps Conservatory and Monongahela Incline while planning their visit to Senator John Heinz History Center.

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  • Beautiful building, easy parking across the street. Cafe sandwiches were very tasty and fresh. Location was easy access, and it's in the Strip District, with lots of good restaurants within walking distance (within 6 blocks). The floor with the Pittsburgh Innovation was fabulous and educational. Definitely gave me respect for the city. The history of the Heinz company was interesting. The Neighborhoods installation was over-hyped, and especially/surprisingly, the Mr. Roger's section was downright disappointing. Highly recommended this for either a cold or hot day where indoor activity would be more appropriate.

  • Was there for the Moon Over Pittsburgh "launch party" and had a great time! Want to see the Apollo 11 exhibit again before it goes back to DC and looking forward to upcoming events there! Definitely family friendly environment.

  • Wrong info was given to us when we called twice about the admission cost. They said it's free day for public non-members. But when we reached there, they said members only were given free admission. I wish they communicated this in a clear and not confusing way. So, we ended up just exploring 1 floor in the time we had left by paying so much admission cost. Staff were not friendly.

  • Great permanent exhibits and a good variety of travelling exhibits. The Apollo 11 show is fascinating with a lot of info on the local connections and contributions to the space program. Heinz ketchup and area football are also very well covered.

  • This was a fun museum to check out. I was most excited to see the Mr. Rogers set, and it did not disappoint! Also the Hienz ketchup history was pretty cool to see as well. They rotate the exhibits frequently so I’d probably visit again in the future.

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