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Holidays at the History Center


Heinz History Center

This holiday season, the Smithsonian’s home in Pittsburgh is offering FREE admission for kids aged 17 and under now through Dec. 31, 2023, at the History Center, Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, and Fort Pitt Museum. Free admission for kids is generously supported by community partners Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

20% Off Gift Memberships


Heinz History Center

Now through Dec. 31, save 20% on any new or gift membership! Everyone who purchases a membership will automatically be entered win a special Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum basket, complete with two tickets to a Pittsburgh Penguins game!

Preserving Pittsburgh’s Memories

Detre Library & Archives

Heinz History Center

Research family history, explore historic images, and search thousands of documents in the Detre Library & Archives at the History Center. Open Wednesday through Saturday and free to all visitors. 

More than a ketchup museum.

The Heinz History Center is Pittsburgh’s people museum. We share the inspiring stories of Western Pennsylvania’s people who have helped change the course of American history. See for yourself. 

  • Kids & Families

    Build bridges in the interactive Discovery Place or explore the Neighborhood of Make–Believe.  

  • Unique Pittsburgh Gifts

    From exclusive Heinz merch to the Mister Rogers kindness collection, find the perfect Pittsburgh gift at the Museum Shop.

  • Smithsonian Treasures

    Discover Smithsonian artifacts at the History Center and learn more about the museum’s Smithsonian affiliation. 

  • Explore Our Collections

    Thousands of artifacts and historic images, at your fingertips.