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Showcase your Pittsburgh Pride by becoming a History Center member today!

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Join the Smithsonian’s home in Pittsburgh today and get exclusive member perks and unlimited admission to four dynamic museums: the Heinz History Center, Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, and the Fort Pitt Museum.

Bonus! You’ll also become a member of the Smithsonian Institution, receiving the popular Smithsonian magazine, members-only discounts, and more.

We need your help to preserve our history.

Members play an essential role in the success of the History Center’s mission and make it possible for the History Center to:

  • Present award-winning exhibitions and public programs that engage visitors of all ages.
  • Provide educational resources for students and teachers, including National History Day, educator workshops and school field trips that reach more than 35,000 students each year.
  • Preserve hundreds of thousands of historic artifacts and archival collections for future generations to enjoy.

Exciting Members-Only Perks

When you become a member, you receive these benefits at all levels:

  • Free, unlimited admission to the History Center, the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, and the Fort Pitt Museum.
  • Invitations to unique members-only events including exhibition previews, private tours, and more.
  • Subscription to Western Pennsylvania History quarterly magazine.
  • Subscription to Making History quarterly newsletter.
  • 10% discount on all purchases in the Museum Shop. 
  • 10% discount in the History Center Café.
  • Discounts on public programs, tours, Detre Library & Archives services, and more.

When you become a History Center member, you also become a member of the Smithsonian Institution and receive these fantastic benefits:

  • Subscription to Smithsonian monthly magazine.
  • Discounts in select Smithsonian shops and dining facilities.
  • Free admission to the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. (The Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC are free to the public.)
  • Reciprocal admission and discounts at participating Smithsonian Affiliate museums.
  • And more! 

For questions, additional information, or details on how to purchase a History Center membership as a gift, please contact the Advancement team at

Memberships Levels

Individual – $60 Dual – $85 Family – $110
Standard benefits, plus…

  • Free, unlimited admission for 1 adult
Standard benefits, plus…

  • Free, unlimited admission for 2 adults
Standard benefits, plus…

  • Free, unlimited admission for 2 adults and 4 children (ages 17 and under)
Friends & Family – $145 Fellow – $350
Standard benefits, plus…

  • Free, unlimited admission for 2 adults and 4 guests of any age
  • Receive 2 Membership Cards
  • Option to add a named Caregiver to Membership

Standard benefits, plus…

  • All benefits of Friends & Family
  • $4 off each additional guest admission pass
    (excludes programs & tours)

* A portion of your membership purchase may be tax deductible, above and beyond the $60 value of tangible goods and services received. We always recommend you consult your own tax preparer.

The History Center recently received the coveted four-star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. So you can be sure your donation is going to a good cause.

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