Past Exhibits

March 13 – October 10, 2021

The History Center examined the bold experiment to create a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” in its exhibition, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith.

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Smithsonian's Portraits of Pittsburgh

July 2020 – Dec. 2020

This exhibition featured original paintings, sketches, prints, and photographs that showcase more than 100 Americans with Western Pennsylvania connections.

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A Very Merry Pittsburgh

Nov. 16, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020

During the holiday season, relive holiday memories and make new ones with your family at the History Center’s A Very Merry Pittsburgh exhibit.

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The Vietnam War: 1945-1975

April 13 – Sept. 22, 2019

The History Center hosted a groundbreaking exhibition on one of the most controversial events of the 20th century: the Vietnam War.

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Destination Moon Program

September 28, 2018 – Feb. 18, 2019

Go on an in-depth exploration of the Apollo 11 mission, the birth of the American space program, and the space race in the Smithsonian’s Destination Moon exhibit.

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American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

February 10, 2018 – June 10, 2018

Step back in time to an exhilarating era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance workers, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation.

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Heroes & Sheroes: The Art and Influence of Ruth E. Carter in Black Cinema

August 25, 2018 – December 2, 2018

Hosted by FashionAFRICANA, Heroes & Sheroes was an invitation inside Ruth E. Carter’s process, passion, and costume design acumen.

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A Very Merry Pittsburgh

November 18, 2017 – January 15, 2018

Relive cherished memories at a new holly jolly exhibition that featured original artifacts from Kaufmann’s/Macy’s, Christmas decorations, historic toys, and more.

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#Pixburgh: A Photographic Experience

December 17, 2016 – September 24, 2017

Transport yourself back in time to see what makes Pittsburgh unique through the History Center’s extensive collection of photographs.

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Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s

March 4, 2016 – May 31, 2016

The Toys exhibit showcased many of the nation’s most popular toys and demonstrated how these toys reflected three decades of dynamic changes in American life.

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We Can Do It! WWII

April 25, 2015 – Jan. 10, 2016

Discover how Pittsburgh affected World War II – and the war affected our region.

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Treasures of the Arabia

April 24, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015

This exhibition examined the largest time capsule of pre-Civil War items ever discovered.

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Pennsylvania's Civil War

June 22, 2013 – Jan. 6, 2014

This exhibition took an in-depth look at Pennsylvania’s significant role during the Civil War.

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From Maps to Mermaids: Carved Powder Horns in Early America

June 2017 – October 2019

This exhibit explored numerous powder horns made or used on the Pennsylvania and Virginia frontiers, their practical uses, and their representation of early American folk art.

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Captured by Indians

May 22, 2015 – Oct. 2, 2016

The Captured by Indians exhibit examined the practice of captivity from its prehistoric roots to its impact on modern American Indians and other ethnicities.

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Unconquered: History Meets Hollywood at Fort Pitt

Aug. 10, 2013 – Oct. 31, 2014

The Unconquered exhibition examined a turning point in American history.

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1968: The Year That Rocked America

Feb. 2 – May 12, 2013

The 1968 exhibit covered the year 1968, a turning point in American history and for its people.

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Grid Iron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Oct. 6, 2012 – Jan. 6, 2013

Gridiron Glory focused on the history of pro football, from its humble beginnings in 1892 to its rise as one of the world’s most beloved sports.

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Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art

Oct. 2, 2010 – Jan. 9, 2011

Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art presented unique objects illustrating 2,000 years of art, history, and culture.

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Expressions: Photographs from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2015

April 2016 – November 2016

The Expressions: Photographs from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2015 exhibit featured 75 photos from 2015, including the work of more than a dozen photographers.

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PPG Moon, by Bob Donaldson, September 27, 2014

April 2015 – March 2016

The Close-Up: Photographs from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2014 exhibit, featured more than 70 photos from 2014, including the work of 16 photographers.

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Post-Gazette Photographers 2013 Thumbnail

April 2014 – March 2015

The Post-Gazette Photographers: Best of 2013 exhibit, featured more than 60 photos from 2013, including the work of 13 photographers.

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The Gift of Art: Exploring Community through Art and Jewish Wisdom

November 2016 – June 2017

The Gift of Art exhibit featured nearly 80 paintings, as well as sculpture and other media, from the Public Schools’ collection

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ART OF FACTS/ Uncovering Pittsburgh Stories | "Pittsburgh Feast," Mark Bender

July 2018 – April 2018

The Art of Facts exhibit creatively interpreted the rich history of Western Pennsylvania and shared its compelling stories through the art of illustration.

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Master Visual Artists

Dec. 14, 2019 – March 21, 2021

A captivating art exhibition presented in partnership with the Master Visual Artists Project – a local group dedicated to recognizing the lifelong achievements of influential artists in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

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