The Smithsonian’s Home in Pittsburgh

The Heinz History Center is proud to be the flagship Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

Since 2000, this collaborative partnership with the world’s largest museum system has allowed the History Center to bring world-class Smithsonian exhibitions and artifacts to Western Pennsylvania.

Iconic Smithsonian artifacts, such as the world’s oldest jeep or one of the first commercial radio transmitters, are always on view at the Smithsonian’s only affiliate museum in Western Pennsylvania.

As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the History Center regularly hosts groundbreaking, award-winning exhibitions developed in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), such as Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission, Portraits of Pittsburgh, American Democracy, and more.

In addition to exhibitions, the History Center and the Smithsonian work closely on a wide scope of projects, including public programs, educational workshops, professional development, and publications.

New Exhibit Alert: Smithsonian’s The Negro Motorist Green Book

Stay tuned for more information about the History Center’s newest Smithsonian exhibit, The Negro Motorist Green Book, opening in May 2023. In collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and award-winning author Candacy Taylor, The Negro Motorist Green Book will offer an immersive look at the reality of travel for African Americans in mid-century America and how the annual guide served as an indispensable resource for the nation’s rising Black middle class.

Join the Smithsonian

Did you know? If you become a History Center member, you also join the Smithsonian!

That means receiving amazing perks like free access to Smithsonian museums, a subscription to the award-winning Smithsonian magazine, discounts on the online Smithsonian shop, and more.