History Center Currently Open
The Senator John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum are currently open.
You can always experience the museum through virtual exhibition tours, family activities, podcasts, curator videos, thousands of historic images, and much more on the History Center’s History at Home online hub.
Please click here for more information: Your Health & Safety – COVID-19
Timed tickets to the Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum are available for advance purchase online when the museum is open. Purchasing timed tickets in advance is strongly encouraged, but tickets will also be sold at the door.
Hours & Admission
The History Center is open 361 days a year and closed on New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
- History Center and Sports Museum: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
- Detre Library & Archives: by appointment only
- Adults: $18
- Senior Citizens (62+): $15
- Retired & Active Duty Military: $2 off admission
- Students with a valid school ID: $9
- Children ages 6-17: Free through October
- 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 (during its open season).
All kids age 17 and under will receive FREE admission during the month of October at the Heinz History Center, thanks to support from our community-minded partners at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and Allegheny Health Network.
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 opportunities, please visit one of the pages below:
If you have any questions, please contact Christina McElwain, group tour coordinator, at 412-454-6304 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The History Center and Sports Museum is conveniently located in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District.
Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
We suggest using these three parking areas** near the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District.
- 11th and Smallman Street Lot: Cost of parking varies based on demand and special events in Downtown Pittsburgh (History Center members receive a discounted $5 parking rate, year-round). Click here to view rates.
- Convention Center Garage: Click here to view rates.
- Grant Street Transportation Center Garage: Click here to view rates. Located at the confluence of 11th Street, Liberty Avenue, Penn Avenue & 12th Street.
**Please note: parking rates and availability are subject to change. The History Center does not own or manage these lots.
The History Center offers bike racks at the corner of 12th Street and Smallman Street.
Port Authority Transit offers bus service to the Strip District and nearby downtown. Call 412-442-2000 for bus schedule information.
From the North and West (via Ohio and PA Turnpikes):
From Exit 28 (Cranberry, old Exit 3) on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, take Route 19 South to Interstate 79 South to Interstate 279 South,* to Interstate 579 (the Veterans Bridge). Drive across the bridge and follow signs for Seventh Avenue. Turn right onto Grant Street. Go one block, get in the left lane and turn left onto 11th Street. Go two blocks and turn right onto Smallman Street.
*Alternatively, stay on I-279 S. Get in the left lane as you cross the bridge. Take the left-most exit, following overhead signs to the Convention Center and Strip District (via the 10th Street Bypass). At the first red light continue to go straight following the signs to the Strip District – You will travel under and around the Convention Center. At the first light after the Convention Center, make a left turn onto Smallman Street.
From the AIRPORT, South and West (via Interstate 79 and Parkway West):
Take Interstate 79 North to Interstate 279 North toward Pittsburgh. Go through the Fort Pitt Tunnel (if possible, get in the left-most lane through the tunnel). After exiting the tunnel, move to the far left lane of the Fort Bridge. Take the left-most exit, following overhead signs to the Convention Center and Strip District (via the 10th Street Bypass). At the first red light continue to go straight following the signs to the Strip District – You will travel under and around the Convention Center. At the first light after the Convention Center, make a left turn onto Smallman Street.
From the East (via Pennsylvania Turnpike and Parkway East):
Take Exit 57 (Pittsburgh, old Exit 6). Follow signs to Pittsburgh via Interstate 376 East. Take the Grant Street exit. This will have you curve to the right and put you directly on Grant Street. Stay on Grant Street, through downtown. As you approach Seventh Street, get into the left lane. Turn left onto 11th Street. Go two blocks and turn right onto Smallman Street.