What to Expect:
The Senator John Heinz History Center, Six floors and 275,000 sq. ft. of long-term and changing exhibition space bring more than 250 years of Western Pennsylvania to life. Discover how immigrants shaped the region, uncover the myths of the Underground Railroad, or climb aboard a 1940s Pittsburgh trolley. Through an affiliation with the Smithsonian Institute, the Pittsburgh History Center presents many of the most compelling stories from American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection, all in an interactive environment perfect for visitors of every age.
History Center Hours:
The Pittsburgh History Center is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The History Center is closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
History Center Admission:
Admission to the Pittsburgh History Center is $10.00 for adults, $9.00 for seniors over 61, $5.00 for students with ID and children ages 4-17, and free to members and children under 3.
The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum:
A "museum within a museum," the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum spans 20,000 square feet of exhibit space over two floors inside the Pittsburgh History Center. The Sports Museum captures the region's strong sports tradition through approximately 70 hands-on interactive exhibits, more than 20 audio-visual programs, and a wide variety of artifacts and memorabilia, from Franco Harris' Immaculate Reception shoes to Chip Ganassi’s 2000 Indy 500-winning race car.
Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum
Research at the History Center:
The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania and its 27,000-volume library, archives and museum of western Pennsylvania history make their home at the History Center. The Library & Archives, located on the sixth floor, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Other hours are by appointment.
From the North and West (via Ohio and PA Turnpikes):
From Exit 28 Cranberry (old Exit 3) on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, take Interstate 79 South to Interstate 579 (the Veterans Bridge). Cross the bridge and follow the signs for Seventh Avenue. Turn right onto Grant Street. Go one block, get in the left lane and turn left onto 11th Street. Go two blocks and turn right onto Smallman Street.
* Alternatively, stay on I-279 S. Get in the left lane as you cross the bridge and take the left-most exit, following overhead signs to the Convention Center and Strip District (via the 10th Street Bypass). At the red light go straight, traveling under and around the Convention Center, then take the first left turn onto Smallman Street.
From the South and West (via Interstate 79 and Parkway West):
Take Interstate 79 North to Interstate 279 North toward Pittsburgh. Go through the Fort Pitt Tunnel. *Stay in the right lane across the Ft. Pitt Bridge and bear right to enter Interstate 376 East. After about a quarter mile, exit onto Grant Street on the left. Follow Grant Street, and after the Seventh Avenue intersection, get into the left lane. Turn left onto 11th Street. Go two blocks and turn right onto Smallman Street.
* Alternatively, get in the left-most lane through the tunnel. After exiting the tunnel, move to the far left lane of the bridge. Take the left-most exit, following overhead signs to the Convention Center and Strip District (via the 10th Street Bypass). At the red light go straight, traveling under and around the Convention Center, then take the first left turn onto Smallman Street.
From the East (via Pennsylvania Turnpike and Parkway East):
Take Exit 57 (Pittsburgh, old Exit 6). Follow signs to Pittsburgh via Interstate 376 East. Take the Grant Street exit. (Exit from the left lane.) Stay on Grant Street and after the Seventh Avenue intersection, get into the left lane. Turn left onto 11th Street. Go two blocks and turn right onto Smallman Street.
ParkingThe Pittsburgh History Center is located in the Strip District near downtown Pittsburgh. There is generally plenty of good on-street parking (except on game days) and a convenient parking lot located just across the street.
Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222