History Center Reopening on July 1

In accordance with new guidelines set by state and local officials, the Senator John Heinz History Center and its family of museums – including the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, Fort Pitt Museum, and Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village – will reopen to the public beginning Wednesday, July 1.

The health and safety of our visitors and staff is the History Center’s top priority. The History Center and its museums have established new procedures and policies to ensure you and your family will feel safe upon entering our buildings and enjoying our exhibitions.

Please click here for more information: Your Health & Safety – COVID-19 – Reopening July 1

Kids Free November 2020

Kids Receive Free Admission in November

The Heinz History Center and Fort Pitt Museum will offer FREE admission for kids ages 17 and under this November, thanks to generous support from Howard Hanna Real Estate Services!

Timed Tickets

Timed tickets to the Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum are now available for advance purchase online. Purchasing timed tickets in advance is strongly encouraged, but tickets will also be sold at the door.

Visiting Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village? Purchase tickets online.
Visiting the Fort Pitt Museum? Purchase tickets online.

History Center Tickets

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.

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



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: $2 off admission
  • 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.

Café @ The History CenterDINING

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

Directions & Parking

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


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 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.