Senator John Heinz History Center

1212 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, United States
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  • Today
    • 8:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 8:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 8:00 AM–10:00 AM
    • Noon–2:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–6:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 8:00 AM–3:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–6:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 8:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
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Yes (incl. American Express)

An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the History Center is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania. The museum features six floors of long-term and changing exhibition space, including the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, a dynamic museum-within-a-museum, and the Libr... (See all)


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  • Anna S.

    The best postcards with city's views are here.

    Anna Sotnikova · 3 weeks ago
  • tolu

    Loved the sports part of the mueseum

    tolu · June 18, 2014
  • Dori M.

    Cool museum but it has no flow to it.

    Dori Michelle · November 5, 2013
  • Sara H.

    The cafe has surprisingly great food. Red pepper Gouda soup (AMAZING) every Friday, wraps and paninis are delicious. Try the energy stir smoothie on your way out. Service is very friendly as well.

    Sara Harper · August 23, 2013
  • Dar N.

    Former ice storage building re-purposed as a museum of Western PA artifacts. Houses a Sports Museum. Displays commemorate Fred Rodgers,Jonas Salk, Westinghouse, Pgh Steelers, George Romero, archives.

    Dar N · March 1, 2013
  • MixStirs Cafe

    Come visit us at MixStirs Cafe located inside the museum; we have daily soup specials, smoothies, hot dogs, paninis, sandwiches and more!

    MixStirs Cafe · January 30, 2013
  • Gina Estelle W.

    Give yourself at least an hour per floor and wear comfortable shoes. Everybody should visit here at least once but it's worth buying the membership!

    Gina Estelle Winstead · December 29, 2012
  • Janet A.

    Plan plenty of time. And try a chocolate covered pickle on the way out.

    Janet Anderson · February 14, 2012
  • Erin K.

    Great place to take kids. A lot of interactive exhibits. The sports museum is also a must see for the Pittsburgh sports fans!

    Erin Kelly · February 13, 2012
  • Doug R.

    Great for fans of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood and Islay's Chip Chopped Ham

    Doug Ray · January 26, 2012
  • UPMC Health Plan

    Take the stairs to the finish line and earn a free Heinz pickle pin! Health and history meet at UPMC Health Plan’s SmartSteps.

    UPMC Health Plan · January 9, 2012
  • Levi P.

    Make sure to check out the Stars and Stripes exhibit. Innovators on the 2nd floor is pretty amazing too.

    Levi Prisk · December 14, 2011
  • Andrea R.

    Not to miss...Heinz commercials from around the world. Brit is best!

    Andrea Rodway · September 23, 2011
  • Rebekah F.

    Morris the car's chair is here!!!!

    Rebekah Faith · September 8, 2011
  • Rebekah F.

    There's a tiny George Romero exhibit in here!!

    Rebekah Faith · September 8, 2011
  • Michee L.

    Collect a stamp from each floor (located by the elevator) and get a free pickle or ketchup Heinz pin :)

    Michee Lee · July 2, 2011
  • Cheapism

    Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children. There are interesting exhibits for everyone. This is one of the largest history museums in PA. Definitely a stop for sports fans. Read more

    Cheapism · June 1, 2011
  • Maria P.

    Did you know that the big Mac was founded in PA, as well as the zipper and the mr. Yuck logo

    Maria Pantloni · December 23, 2010
  • reza setiawan

    Make time to visit! You'll learn a lot!

    reza setiawan · October 23, 2010
  • Valerie C.

    learn things you never knew about Pgh!

    Valerie Costa · October 5, 2010
  • John C.

    Great exhibit on history of Pittsburgh, including video on "Pittsburghese", explaining some of my dad's weird language like "warsh the car" or "redd up your room"!

    John Creighton · September 29, 2010
  • kazahel

    Mr. Rogers' shoes & sweater are on the 2nd floor!

    kazahel · September 5, 2010
  • Jason T.

    Simply amazing. Im a war history kinda person and this place had alot of it. Plus u get to see Pgh as it was back in the day and how it helped pioneer America towards what it is today

    Jason T. · May 28, 2010
  • visitPA

    The largest history museum in PA, you can discover everything from French & Indian War to the Steelers. Go ahead and ask about The Immaculate Reception. We dare you. Read more

    visitPA · May 21, 2010
  • Scott M.

    Grab a sandwich at the deli. They're great!

    Scott Menzer · February 11, 2010