Education & Tours

Educational Programs

The Fort Pitt Museum offers both guided and self-guided tours that meet the needs of a variety of audiences. A reservation is required for all school-based or group tour visits to the Fort Pitt Museum.

For more information or to reserve a group visit, please use the Fort Pitt Museum education request form. If you have any questions, please contact Education Manager, Kathleen Lugarich, at  412-454-6418 or kmlugarich@heinzhistorycenter.org.

School & Student Opportunities

Outposts of Empire

Learn how Pittsburgh began by exploring the conflict over the forks of the Ohio River between the British, French, and Indians during the 18th century. Students will explore the timeline of the French & Indian War and participate in hands-on activities related to life at Fort Pitt, which may include a cannon, musket, or marching drill. Students will also learn about the fur trade that made Fort Pitt, and the Point, a major trading post between Europeans and Indians in a recreated fur trading cabin.

Grades: All
Time: 1-2 hours
Minimum: 10 students
Cost: $5 per student | There is one free chaperone included with every 10 students. $5 per additional adult chaperone.

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Navigating the Past

Students will explore the natural and built environment through orienteering and mapping skills that connect to historic accounts of the Forks of the Ohio River. In a joint program between the Fort Pitt Museum and Point State Park, students will complete orienteering exercises in Point State Park and along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. In addition, students will analyze historic accounts to assess building locations at the Forks and discuss alternate sites that could have been utilized in the 18th century. Students will complete the program by building a model fort with provided materials. This program includes a 30 minute lunch break to be provided by the group.

This program is limited to a 30 student maximum and must be requested at least one month in advance for scheduling.

Grades: 4 – 8
Time: 4.5 hours (includes time for lunch break)
Maximum: 30 students
Cost: $10 per student | There is one free chaperone included with every 10 students. $5 per additional adult chaperone.

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Self-Guided Program

Please note that self-guided tours must still be arranged in advance. They require an arrival and departure time for scheduling.

Grades: All
Time: Any
Minimum: Any
Cost: $4 per student | There is one free chaperone included with every 10 students. $4 per additional adult chaperone.

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Heinz History Center and Fort Pitt Museum Tour

Experience over 250 years of Western Pa. history by visiting both the History Center and Fort Pitt Museum, located just one mile apart, in one day! You will enjoy a tour at one museum, then board your bus for transportation to the other site all for a combination group tour price. Lunch space may be reserved at the Heinz History Center, or students are welcome to eat outside in Point State Park.

Grades: All
Time: 1-2 hours
Minimum: 10 students
Cost: $9 per student | There is one free chaperone included with every 10 students. $9 per additional adult chaperone.

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Please follow these directions for bus parking for your Fort Pitt Museum field trip.

For more information and to request a tour or education program at the Fort Pitt Museum, please fill out this form.

Fort Pitt Museum Gift Bag

The Fort Pitt Museum offers a $3 gift bag to visiting school groups. The bag contains an arrowhead, postcard, and Fort Pitt pencil. If you would like to get gift bags for your students, please ask to add them to your tour confirmation when booking your tour. Bags must be ordered at least 30 days prior to your tour.

Adult and Family Guided Tours

Want your family reunion to learn more about Pittsburgh or add a museum experience to your meeting? The Fort Pitt Museum welcomes adult and family group tours by offering discounted admission rates for groups of 10 or more paying visitors. Tours can be self-guided or guided.

Guided Program Cost: $5 per youth, $5 per senior, and $6 per adult
Availability: February through December
Program Length: 1 to 1.5 hours

Self-Guided Program Cost: $4 per youth, $4 per senior, and $5 per adult

Reservations: Call Education Manager Kathleen Lugarich at 412-454-6418 to make a reservation.