There are several ways you can purchase or renew your membership:

  • In person at our Admissions Desk or Museum Shop
  • Online
  • By mail at: Membership, Senator John Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
  • Call us at 412-454-6436

Memberships are valid for one year after a membership contribution is received and processed.

Information about specific membership levels and benefits can be located here.

Yes! The Senator John Heinz History Center is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate which means that a Smithsonian membership is included with your History Center membership. This benefit entitles you to a year’s subscription to Smithsonian magazine, discounts at Smithsonian shops and select dining facilities, and free admission to the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City (other Smithsonian museums are free for everyone). Your History Center membership also includes free, unlimited admission to the Western Pennsylvania Sports MuseumFort Pitt Museum, and Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village.

Not currently, but you can receive free admission by becoming a History Center member. All History Center members receive a Smithsonian membership, as well, with access to the benefits described in the question above. For more information on our Smithsonian Institution partnership, please contact Christina DiMeglio Lopez, Smithsonian Affiliations Business and External Affairs Manager at 202-633-5303 or

Free membership admission does not apply to group visits, field trips, or special programs such as 21+ nights due to additional programming and expenses related to these visits.

Please refer to our Privacy Statement “Disclosure of Personal Information” section.

A portion of your membership is not tax-deductible because of the value of member benefits received. If you wish to receive full tax-deductibility for your gift or have further questions or concerns, please contact us at 412-454-6436 or

We mail renewal notices prior to your expiration date to provide ample notice of your membership expiration. You may renew your membership any time before your expiration date to maintain an active membership.

Renewal reminders are printed and mailed in bulk to save on expenses. As a result, membership gifts and renewal reminders occasionally cross in the mail. A renewal packet will always be sent to you acknowledging your gift. If you ever have questions about your membership status please contact us at 412-454-6436 or

Yes, the Senator John Heinz History Center uses security and encryption technology to process all e-store transactions. Your financial information is never stored unencrypted on our server.

Membership fulfillment usually takes 7-10 business days. If you do not receive your History Center membership packet within this timeframe, please let us know and we will be happy to assist you.

The History Center is unable to offer refunds on memberships. If, however, a financial mistake has been made processing your membership please let us know and we will work to correct and refund our error.

You can always upgrade your membership to meet your needs. You can easily do so by paying the difference in price of the two memberships. For more information, please contact us at 412-454-6436 or

Yes, the cost of your admissions transaction can be applied towards a new membership. Any customer service associate at our Admissions Desk or Museum Shop can assist you with this.

The History Center occasionally hires an outside company to make phone calls to our members. These callers will always identify themselves as a company calling on our behalf.

Please use this form to change or update the mailing address, email address, or phone number associated with your History Center membership.

Matching gifts are a great way to double – or sometimes even triple – your gift! Please check with your employer’s human resources department to obtain a matching gift form. Simply complete your form and send it to us at the address below and we will coordinate the rest of the process for you:

Senator John Heinz History Center Attention: Matching Gifts 1212 Smallman Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Fax: 412-454-6031