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.
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The History Center is open 361 days a year and closed on New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
- History Center: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
- Detre Library & Archives: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday, and by appointment
- Adults: $18
- Senior Citizens (62+): $15
- Retired & Active Duty Military: See below
- Students with a valid school ID: $9
- Children ages 6-17: $9
- Children ages 5 and under: Free
- History Center Members: Free
All rates include admission to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, the Detre Library & Archives, and all exhibitions at the History Center.
Visitors coming to the History Center solely to use the Library & Archives will not be charged admission; they will be given a special Library & Archives sticker at the Admissions Desk and directed to the sixth floor, where they will sign in.
Additionally, visitors paying full admission at the History Center can present proof of admission to receive free same- and next-day admission at the Fort Pitt Museum and Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village.
Special Admission Rates for Veterans and Active Military
The History Center will offer special free admission days and discounts for veterans and active duty military throughout The Vietnam War: 1945-1975 exhibition run.
From Saturday, April 13 through Sunday, Sept. 22, all veterans and active duty military will receive half-off museum admission ($9 compared to the regular $18 admission fee).
Additionally, on the following special dates, all veterans and active duty military will receive FREE admission:
- April 13 – Opening Day
- May 25-27 – Memorial Day Weekend
- July 4 – Independence Day
Regular museum admission rates: $18 for adults, $15 for senior citizens (62+), $9 for students with a valid school ID, $9 for children ages 6-17, and free for History Center members and children ages 5 and under.
The new Café @ The History Center offers a wide selection of sandwiches, soups, salads, and more to delight visitors of all ages. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Café @ The History Center proudly serves Starbucks coffee.
The History Center is conveniently located at 1212 Smallman Street in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District.
Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Field Trips & Group Tours
The History Center offers a range of exciting tours and education programs for all ages and groups. To learn more about these experiences and to schedule your tour, please visit the Education section of the website.
If you have any questions, please contact Christina McElwain, group tour coordinator, at 412-454-6304 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For detailed information about the History Center’s accessibility, please visit our accessibility page or contact the accessibility coordinator, Allison Herrmann. She can be reached at email@example.com or 412-454-6374.
History Center WiFi Access
The Heinz History Center offers complimentary WiFi in select galleries and floors of the museum. The HHCGUEST network is open and does not require a password.
For more information about planning your next visit, please contact the History Center at 412-454-6000.