Health & Safety

Following an extended closure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village is now open to the public as of Wednesday, July 1.

Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center upon arrival.

New policies and procedures are now in place for the health and safety of our visitors and staff:

  • All visitors should practice social distancing and maintain a distance of at least six feet from other guests and groups.
  • All visitors and staff are required to wear a cloth face covering while occupying indoor spaces (including restrooms, the Visitor Center, and the Rockshelter enclosure) and when near others.
  • The number of visitors permitted in indoor spaces is limited to 50% capacity so social distancing can be maintained.
  • Items used in hands-on activities, such as atlatl and tomahawk throwing, will be disinfected after each use.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available in key locations throughout the site, including near picnic tables and restrooms.
  • Enhanced sanitation protocols are in effect, including the regular cleaning of restrooms and high-touch surfaces throughout the day.

Timed Tickets

Timed tickets to Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village 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 the Heinz History Center? Purchase tickets online.
Visiting the Fort Pitt Museum? Purchase tickets online.

Meadowcroft Tickets

Kids Free in 2020!

Throughout October 2020, all kids ages 17 and under will receive FREE admission to Meadowcroft, sponsored by Washington Auto Mall.

Washington Auto Mall logo

Thank you to our past kids-free sponsors for the 2020 season:

Range Resources
UPMC logo
Washington Financial Bank
Alex E. Paris Contracting Company Inc.


  • Adults: $15
  • Senior Citizens (62+): $14
  • Retired & Active Duty Military: Receive $2 off of admission
  • Students with a valid school ID: $7
  • Children ages 6-17: $7
  • Children ages 5 and under: Free
  • History Center Members: Free


2020 Season Hours

July 1 through Labor Day
Tuesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

September 10 through October 31
Thursday – Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please note that pets are not permitted in any of the museum’s public areas. For those traveling with pets, the grassy area outside of the main entrance gate may be used to exercise pets on a leash. Please be responsible for cleaning up pet waste.

Imagine yourself in the footsteps of the very first Americans. Standing where they stood 19,000 years ago. Using ancient technology to live off the land.

Meadowcroft Rockshelter, the oldest site of human habitation in North America, provides a unique glimpse into the lives of prehistoric hunters and gathers. This National Historic Landmark, located in Avella, Washington County, Pa., features a massive rock overhang used 19,000 years ago for shelter by the first people in North America. The enclosure at Meadowcroft Rockshelter provides visitors with a unique, never-before-seen perspective into the oldest and deepest parts of this internationally-renowned archeological excavation.

During Meadowcroft’s open season, daily tours of the Rockshelter begin at the Visitors Center. Tour times vary and last approximately one hour. Please contact Meadowcroft directly at 724-587-3412 for more information.

In addition to ancient history at the Rockshelter, visitors to Meadowcroft can also step back in time to experience rural life over the past 500 years through a series of interpretive villages, including a 16th century Eastern Woodland Indian Village, an 18th century log cabin and open-sided trading post, and a 19th century village that includes a church, one-room schoolhouse, and blacksmith shop.

Bring a picnic lunch, relax, and enjoy Meadowcroft’s beautiful rural setting for the afternoon. Plan to spend at least three hours if you want to see all that Meadowcroft has to offer.

Travel back 19,000 years with Meadowcroft Director Dave Scofield to learn more about this National Historic Landmark.


Thank you to the Observer-Reporter for being Meadowcroft’s media sponsor.



Meadowcroft is located in Avella, Washington Co., Pa.

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
401 Meadowcroft Road
Avella, PA 15312

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For more information about planning your next visit, please contact Meadowcroft at 724-587-3412 or