Insider Tour of Meadowcroft Rockshelter

Saturday, September 4, 2021 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Meadowcroft Rockshelter
$15 for History Center members; $30 for non-members | Register

Add to Calendar09/04/2021 10:00 AM09/04/2021 01:00 PMAmerica/New_YorkInsider Tour of Meadowcroft RockshelterEnjoy an exclusive insider tour of Meadowcroft Rockshelter with James M. Adovasio, Ph.D., lead archaeologist on the site.Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic VillageMeadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic VillagefalseMM/DD/YYYY

Enjoy an exclusive Insider Tour of Meadowcroft Rockshelter with James M. Adovasio, Ph.D., who achieved international acclaim with his archaeological excavation of the Rockshelter when work first began at the site in 1973. Dr. Adovasio will present a lecture and lead a special tour of the site.

Meadowcroft Rockshelter, the oldest site of human habitation in North America, is located in Avella, Pa., 35 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. The National Historic Landmark features a massive rock overhang used by the region’s earliest inhabitants for shelter as early as 19,000 years ago. Meadowcroft was named one of the “Five Great Places to See Evidence of First Americans” by Smithsonian magazine.

Dr. Adovasio’s presentation begins at 10 a.m. in the visitor’s center with tours of the Rockshelter to immediately follow.

We have recently enacted a masking policy due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in our area.  We are now requiring everyone to wear a mask indoors (the lecture portion of the program) and when in close proximity to others outdoors (the Rockshelter excavation tour portion of the program), regardless of vaccination status.  Thank you for your cooperation to ensure all our guests and staff remain safe.


Insider tours of the Rockshelter with Dr. Adovasio cost $30 for non-members and $15 for History Center members. You will be asked to verify membership at check-in.

Please register online.

Register for a tour on any of the following dates: July 10 | September 4 | October 10 | November 6


Other Information

For information about admission, directions and parking, and accessibility, please click here.

Please contact Meadowcroft at or 724-587-3412 with any questions.

Virtual Tour Option

For the first time ever, we’re offering a virtual version of our popular Insider Tour! Register as a virtual attendee for exclusive access to a recording of Dr. Adovasio’s lecture and Rockshelter tour. Virtual registration is $5. You will receive an email containing your exclusive link after registering.

Virtual Tour Access