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.

Senator John Heinz History Center Travel Tips

  • 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.

Entrance Ticket Details For Senator John Heinz History Center

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

Senator John Heinz History Center Hours

  • Detre Library & Archives open only Wednesday to Saturday.

How to Reach Senator John Heinz History Center

  • 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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  • 26.92% 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

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Senator John Heinz History Center Reviews & Ratings

  • We really enjoyed our visit to this museum. My husband and son are huge Pittsburgh sports teams fans and they loved the sports part of the museum. It was very nicely done and well maintained! I would plan 2+ hours to visit it, I think we were there 3 and could have probably spent longer there. Highly recommend stopping and checking this out!

  • Lots of exhibits on various subjects. A little difficult to navigate, takes a while to figure it out. We went on a Sunday and about an hour before closing, turns out, half price tickets and we can go back the next day on the same payment receipt! With kids easily a 2-3 hour visit. Imagination area for kids is a great place to let the kids loose!

  • Multiple time visitor - every time we are in Pittsburgh. Something new to see every time. Admission cost is more than worth it. The exhibits seem to go on and on. Great program for younger kids using the stamps and the stairs. Well done throughout.

  • 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.

  • I attended an autumn solstice event here. While I didn't get to explore through the History Center, it's a great place to host an event. The main lobby was separated into two areas by a large curtain with one side being the entrance, and the other being a dimly lit cavern of food and drink stations and palm readings and handwriting analyses. It was a fun evening. It made me want to go back during operating hours and walk through the entire center.

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  • is the Heinz museum open on Sunday?

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    • The Heinz History Center is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. 

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  • Is there any genealogy collections in the library and archives? I'm coming to Pittsburgh in July to research my Watt line that dates to Pittsburgh late 1700's early 1800's. Also where is the best place to research the War of 1812 in Pittsburgh.

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    • It is recommended that you get in touch with the authorities of the Senator John Heinz History Center to get information about the collection. You may visit their official website to know more, or call them on 412-454-6364. 

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