Preschool Tours

Early Learning Tours

Join the History Center Education staff for a morning of learning and fun! These programs are offered at 10 a.m. and are included with regular History Center admission. Reservations required.

To reserve an Early Childhood Education Experience, please fill out a Education Program Request Form. To learn more about these experiences, please contact Group Tour Coordinator Christina McElwain at 412-454-6304 or cmmcelwain@heinzhistorycenter.org.

Please reserve an Early Childhood Education Program at least one month in advance of your visit.

Time: 1 to 1 1/2 hours, plus 1/2 hour for lunch
Grade Level: Age 3 through 1st grade
Group Size: Maximum of 20 students
Tour Availability: Monday through Friday, year round, 9 a.m. – noon
Cost: $6 per student. Two chaperones and one teacher admitted free; additional chaperones pay $6.50 each.
Chaperone Policy: One chaperone per eight students required.

Pittsburgh A, B, Cs

Pittsburgh offers something for every letter of the alphabet! Through interactive exploration of the museum’s exhibits, students create their own Pittsburgh ABCs and see highlights of the museum’s collection. Students will:

  • Demonstrate curiosity, engagement, creativity and problem solving (Pre-Kindergarten Standards: Constructing and Gathering Knowledge 15.1.1)
  • Show an appreciation for varied museum artifacts (Pre-Kindergarten Standards: Historical Analysis and Skills Development 8.1.3)
  • Participate in creative expression (Kindergarten Standards: Gathering and Constructing Knowledge 15.1.1)
  • Communicate ideas and ask questions about museum artifacts (Kindergarten Standards: Historical Analysis and Skills Development 8.1.2)

Moving About Pittsburgh

There are many ways to get around in Western Pennsylvania! Wear your running shoes and bring your imagination as we investigate the History Center’s collection of transportation-related artifacts. Students will:

  • Listen to and respond to a story (Pre-Kindergarten Standards: Constructing and Gathering Knowledge 15.1.1)
  • Observe and discuss museum transportation artifacts (Pre-Kindergarten Standards: Historical Analysis and Skills Development 8.1.3)
  • Identify objects from the past (Kindergarten Standards: Historical Analysis and Skills Development 8.1.2)
  • Look at exhibits and ask questions about how transportation changed (Kindergarten Standards: Gathering and Constructing Knowledge 15.1.2)
  • Compare vehicles of today with past (Kindergarten Standards: Organizing and Understanding Information 15.2.2)
  • Answer questions and discuss the story (Kindergarten Standards: Learning to Read Independently, 1.1.4)

Pittsburgh Plays!

Visit the History Center to see the toys, games, and activities that kids growing up in Western Pennsylvania have enjoyed. Imagine what it was like growing up in Western Pennsylvania as you explore the museum and discover favorite play things from long ago. Students will:

  • Build connections between story, objects, and experiences (Pre-Kindergarten Standards: Learning to Read Independently 1.1.4)
  • Practice large motor activities such as jumping, marching, and hopping (Pre-Kindergarten Standard: Physical Activity: Gross Motor Coordination 10.4.3)
  • Participate in group discussion about story events and artifacts (Pre-Kindergarten Standards: Reading Analyzing, and Interpreting Text 1.2.1)
  • Relate to concepts of time and examine objects from the childhood experiences of parents and grand-parents (Pre-Kindergarten: Historical Analysis and Skills Development 8.1.2)
  • Understand the concept of calendar time (Kindergarten Standards: Gathering and Constructing Knowledge 8.1.1)
  • Identify toys and games from the past (Kindergarten Standards: Historical Analysis and Skills Development, 8.1.2)
  • Initiate an understanding of past, present, and future (Kindergarten Standards: Historical Analysis and Skills Development 8.1.1)