The Fort Pitt Museum offers both guided and self-guided tours that meet the needs of a variety of audiences.
Forts at the Forks
Kings sent mighty armies across the ocean to build forts here. Europeans and Native Americans traded, made treaties, and clashed here. During the 18th century, the “forks of the Ohio” was the key to North America’s western frontier. At the Fort Pitt Museum, students will learn how geography, trade, and everyday people transformed a wooded point of land into the city of Pittsburgh.
Approximately an hour and a half in length.
- Explore Pittsburgh’s chronology (History 8.1.3, 8.1.6)
- Examine the distribution of ethnic groups throughout Western Pennsylvania over time (Geography 7.3)
- Explore how the region’s geography impacted settlement patterns from prehistory to recent times (Geography 7.2)
- Identify, explain, and analyze the impact of Pittsburgh’s individuals, organizations, and groups on the world (History 8.3, 8.4)
Self Guided Tour
Groups wishing to experience the museum on their own may do so in a self-guided tour. Museum educators will meet each group and provide them with an introduction to the museum. We encourage teachers to tour our building in order to prepare for your visit. We require small groups of 10 students per chaperone. Worksheets or scavenger hunts designed by the teacher are highly recommended for self-guided touring.
A reservation is required for all visits.
Have a question about our tours or want to make reservations? Please contact Andrew Gaerte, Education Manager at 412-281-9285.