A Very Merry Pittsburgh 2021

Last day: January 17

Relive childhood memories and make new ones with your family this holiday season at the Smithsonian’s home in Pittsburgh!

The History Center’s holly jolly exhibition, A Very Merry Pittsburgh, features a special section with family keepsakes, artifacts, film, and imagery that explore how Western Pennsylvanians have celebrated major winter holidays, including Christmas, Chanukah, Diwali, and Kwanzaa, through the years.

A Very Merry Pittsburgh will transport you back to the bustling holiday season in Downtown Pittsburgh with decorations and artifacts from popular department stores like Kaufmann’s & Macy’s, Horne’s, and Gimbels.

The exhibit is open through Jan. 17, 2022.

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A Very Merry Pittsburgh | Heinz History Center

Exhibit Must-Sees

  • Explore memorable objects from Kaufmann’s Santaland, including Santa’s original chair and giant Mr. and Mrs. Claus ornaments.
  • See the mailbox where thousands of Pittsburgh children mailed their Christmas wish lists to the North Pole.
  • Play with retro toys like Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, Mr. Potato Head, and more – it’s fun for kids of ALL ages.
  • Enjoy the exhibit’s festive holiday décor and music!

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Kids Free

All kids age 17 and under will receive FREE admission during the months of November and December at the Heinz History Center, thanks to support from our community-minded partners at Howard Hanna.

Meet Santa Claus

Santa Saturdays

No trip to Santaland is complete without a visit from old Saint Nick. Join us on select Saturdays to take socially distanced photos with Santa Claus in an exact replica of the chair from Kaufmann’s Santaland.

Santa will appear on the following dates from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Saturday, Nov. 20
  • Friday, Nov. 26
  • Saturday, Nov. 27
  • Saturday, Dec. 4
  • Saturday, Dec. 11
  • Saturday, Dec. 18