About

Explore the History Center with President and CEO Andy Masich in this new video.

Devoted to the history and heritage of Western Pennsylvania, the History Center is Pennsylvania’s largest history museum and a proud affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

The 370,000 square-foot Senator John Heinz History Center and museum system presents compelling stories from American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection in an interactive environment perfect for visitors of all ages.

The Senator John Heinz History Center is located in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District, home to a wide variety of restaurants and shops. The museum’s Smallman Street home combines the former Chautauqua Lake Ice Company building with a five-story Smithsonian wing.

The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, a museum-within-a-museum located on the History Center’s second and third floors, celebrates Western Pennsylvania’s unsurpassed sports legacy. From football to baseball and hockey to golf, the Sports Museum highlights the region’s passion for amateur and professional sports.

More than 250 years of our region’s history can be found at the Thomas and Katherine Detre Library & Archives. Founded in 1879, the Library & Archives’ collections, located on the History Center’s sixth floor, are accessible to researchers, students, and the general public.

The new Museum Conservation Center, located behind the History Center at 1221 Penn Ave. in the Strip District, provides visitors with expert advice on how to preserve their treasures, including artwork, photographs, textiles, furniture, and much more.

What to See

Visit the Exhibits page to see special and upcoming exhibits. The following exhibits are currently on permanent display at the History Center.

From the Ferris Wheel to the Big Mac, celebrate 250 years of Pittsburgh innovations.

Pour on the excitement for 150 years of Heinz innovations as part of the History Center’s newest exhibition.

Visit the Special Collections Gallery to see original set pieces and exclusive artifacts from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

Embark on a journey that begins in 18th century Africa and continues through 21st century Western Pennsylvania.

Enjoy our state-of-the-art open storage gallery that reflects Western Pennsylvania’s unique blend of cultures, people, and ideas.

Go behind-the-scenes and enjoy hundreds of artifacts from the History Center’s collection.

Explore Pittsburgh innovations and the invention process in a fun setting where creativity, science, and history merge.

Enjoy the interactive play place for the history fans of tomorrow.

Take the stairs and explore unique facts about Pittsburgh history to encourage your climb to fitness.

Shatter your knowledge of glass and Western Pennsylvania history.

Experience the dramatic story of the French & Indian War and its impact as a turning point in American history.

Rediscover the greatest exploring expedition in American history.

Honor John Heinz’s life, public service, and contributions to arts and culture, the environment, economic development, and society.

See more than 200 woodworking planes made or retailed in this region in the early 19th century.

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