Our Spaces

From a 25-person retreat to a 2,500 full-facility wedding reception or corporate gathering, the History Center can accommodate events of every size and style with a wide array of room options to fit your needs.


A Full Facility Exclusive Use Rental means that the entire Heinz History Center including every meeting and event location and all exhibits on all floors are reserved for your use and your use only.  No other group will be permitted to use or rent any location, whether or not you choose to utilize every location for your event.  Perfect for large welcome receptions for convention attendees, being within walking distance of the Convention Center, and other events that would benefit by having multiple unique locations, creative food and beverage service and activities for large groups entertaining 600-3,000 guests.  Only available after 5:00pm.

This option is available for $9,500 after 5 p.m. for five hours or less.

Great Hall Reception, Randi Voss Photography

Great Hall

The 1st floor Great Hall is the premiere Heinz History Center location. Framed by vintage vehicles including a Conestoga wagon, an antique Fire Engine, a Stainless Steel Ford, the Heinz Hitch and an antique Trolley, the Great Hall is a wonderfully memorable venue for celebrating any historic occasion. Originally part of the Chautauqua Lake Ice House, the Great Hall features a two-story grand staircase, perfect for making your grand entrance, high, vaulted brick ceilings and the original steel beams. For a dinner event that includes an area for dancing, it graciously seats 150 – 180.  It can be intimately set for 50 guests yet can accommodate as many as 220 seated banquet style when no dancing is planned.  For a cocktail reception, we can accommodate 40-400 guests. The Great Hall is available for rental events after 5:00pm.

Available for rental events after 5:00 p.m., this historic location rents for $3,800 for five hours or less.

Reception in Mueller Center


The 5th floor Mueller Center is a beautifully appointed, traditional ballroom featuring a wall of windows and a 15′ x 135′ outdoor deck with a view of the river directly in front and a view of the city to the left. The sunsets seen from the deck are just spectacular.  For a banquet or dinner party, it seats 170 -300 comfortably and 350 in a tighter seating arrangement, leaving room for a rented dance floor. We can seat about 400 if dancing is not planned. Theatre-style, we can seat 600 with a stage and screen(s) in the front of the room.  Classroom or seminar-style we can accommodate 100- 350. There is an installed sound system with 12 speakers in the ceiling and some basic stage lighting.

The Mueller Center is available for both daytime and evening events and rents for $3,500 for five hours or less. An additional $1,500 charge is added to the room rental fees for wedding ceremony due to the quick room turn-over. Dance floor installation and removal is $1,000.

Cocktail Reception in Campbell Gallery


The 4th floor Campbell Gallery is a warm, intimate location for a small dinner party or a cocktail reception.  As the elevator doors open on the 4th floor, a Campbell Gallery guest will see the famous Klein’s Restaurant neon sign hanging in the atrium to their right and a photo exhibit hung on brick walls around the room.  There is direct access to the Special Collections, Heinz 57 and Glass: Shattering Notions exhibits. Though no food or beverage is permitted in the exhibits, many guests tour between cocktail hour and dinner or after their meal.  This location accommodates 60 guests for a seated or buffet dinner and 100 or more for a standing cocktail reception.  Available for rental events after 5:00pm

Available for rental events after 5:00 p.m., the Campbell Gallery rents for $1,600 for four hours or less or $1,000 when added to a Great Hall or Mueller Center rental.

U.S. Steel Board Room


The 7th floor US Steel Foundation Boardroom is one of the History Center’s most beautiful rental locations. Architecturally stunning, it features brick walls, hardwood floors and an incredible view of downtown Pittsburgh through its wall of windows.  Guests will enjoy a truly historic experience when they are seated around Andrew Carnegie’s boardroom table. The Boardroom is impressive when used for meetings, luncheons and small dinner parties for up to 24 people.

The Boardroom rents for $1,000 before 5 p.m. and $1,200 after 5 p.m., for five hours or less.

Wedding Ceremony in the Library & Archives Reading Room


The 6th floor Detre Library and Archives Reading Room has limited and restricted availability.  The Events Department staff will show these locations, when appropriate, by request.

This space rents for $2,500. The space rents for wedding ceremonies for $1,500.

Weisbrod Kitchen Classroom, Photo by Rachellynn Schoen


The 3rd floor Weisbrod Kitchen Classroom is a beautifully appointed full kitchen complete with the appliances, technology and equipment to present and record a state of the art cooking class or demonstration.  Wired for sound, the Chef will be able to talk through the demonstration and the guests will have a stove top view of the action on the flat screen TV hanging above the stove.  A Jazz Brunch with Omelet Service, Wedding and Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and Team-Building Cooking Classes events are some of the programs we developed for this imaginative space that comfortably seats 30-50.

Rental is $1,000 but may vary based on equipment usage.

History Center: 7th Floor Conference Room


The 7th floor Conference Room is a lovely meeting space that can be rented in addition to the Mueller Center for a breakout session location for seminars and meetings or rented on its own as a meeting space for up to 24 people.  It has a pull down screen and internet access.

Rentals are $800 for five hours or $500 when combined with a U.S. Steel Foundation Boardroom rental.

Library & Archives Conference Room


The 6th floor Detre Library & Archives Conference Room is a small, quiet room with brick walls located on the same floor as the Library and Archives.  It is often used as a breakout session location for seminars and meetings, a meeting location for up to 20 people or as a bridal party dressing room.

This space rents for $600 for a five hour rental.

Multipurpose Room

Discovery Multipurpose Room

The 3rd floor Discovery Room has limited availability because of its use by History Center Group Tour Programs, Family Programs and other in-house educational presentations and seminars. Available for some weekday, evening and weekend events, this is an economical choice for a meeting, break-out session, birthday party, holiday party and other events hosting 60 – 120 guests seated banquet style or 150 for a cocktail reception or theatre-style seating.

This space rents for $1,500 for five hours.

For all events, a large public parking lot is conveniently located across the street from the History Center. Valet parking recommendations are also available upon request.

If you’re ready to submit a rental request, please fill out the Create Your Event form.

For more information about rates and rental arrangements, please contact our events staff:

  • Maura Minteer, events director, at mlminteer@heinzhistorycenter.org or 412-454-6435
  • Cara Bull-Trombold, events coordinator, at cbtrombold@heinzhistorycenter.org or 412-454-6431
  • Daniella Greeman, events coordinator, at dagreeman@heinzhistorycenter.org or 412-454-6356