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Hours & Admission

2021 Season Hours

May: Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Memorial Day to Labor Day:  Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
September and October: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission

  • 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

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.

Health and Safety

Social distancing and masks are required in indoor spaces, including the Rockshelter enclosure, while it remains a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Pennsylvania Department of Health. Masks are required in Meadowcroft’s outdoor spaces when in close proximity with staff and other visitors.

Contact

For more information about planning your next visit, please contact Meadowcroft at 724-587-3412 or meadowcroftinfo@heinzhistorycenter.org.

Tickets

Tickets to Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village are available for advance purchase online during the regular season.

Tickets

Visiting the Heinz History Center? Purchase tickets online.
Visiting the Fort Pitt Museum? Purchase tickets online.

TEACHER APPRECIATION IN MAY

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week and to thank all educators for their important work during a difficult year, the History Center and its family of museums will offer FREE admission for teachers during the month of May.  

All educators, including grades K-12 and college, with a valid teacher ID are eligible to receive free admission to the Heinz History Center, Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, Fort Pitt Museum, and Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village from May 1-31. 

Driving Directions

Location

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

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
401 Meadowcroft Road
Avella, Pa. 15312
724-587-3412

Google Maps: Meadowcroft

Driving Directions

From PITTSBURGH, PA / ERIE, PA / INTERSTATE 80 and NORTH
Follow I-79 South to the Bridgeville exit 54. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left onto Rt. 50 West. Follow 50 West through Cecil and Hickory. After going through Hickory, watch carefully for signs to stay on 50 West to Avella (Rt.18 joins briefly with 50, then 18 splits off to the left). As you enter Avella, watch for blue and white directional signs to Meadowcroft. The museum is located on the right approximately three miles beyond Avella.

Note: Travel time from Bridgeville is approximately 35 minutes. Gas stations are located in Bridgeville, Hickory, and Avella. Restaurants are located in Bridgeville (widest selection) and Hickory.

From the SOUTH HILLS AREA
From Route 19, at St. Clair High School, take the Orange Belt (McLaughlin Road) west (toward the airport) to Bridgeville. Turn left on Bower Hill Road and then left at traffic light onto PA Route 50 (Washington Road). Follow Rt. 50 west through Bridgeville, under I-79, through Cecil, Hickory, and on to Avella. From Avella, follow the blue and white directional signs three miles to Meadowcroft.

From WAYNESBURG, PA / MORGANTOWN, WV and SOUTH
Follow I-79N to Washington, PA. Take 70W to exit 17, Jefferson Ave. Follow the directions from Washington below.

From PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE and EAST – Exit the Turnpike at exit 75, New Stanton. Follow I-70 West to Washington, Pa. Follow the directions from Washington below.

From WASHINGTON, PA
Take exit 17, Jefferson Ave off I-70 West in Washington, Pa. At the bottom of the ramp, turn right. At the second light, turn right onto Jefferson Ave. At the next light, bear left onto 844. Follow 844 for 11 1/2 miles to the junction of 844 and 231 (just past Breezy Heights restaurant and driving range). Turn right onto 231 North. Go 1 1/2 miles to the junction of 231 and 50. Turn left onto 50 West. Proceed 1 9/10 miles and turn right onto Fallen Timber Road. Go 1 3/10 miles and turn left onto Meadowcroft Road. Proceed 9/10 of a mile to the Meadowcroft entrance on right.

Attention Motor Coaches: Follow the Meadowcroft directional signs onto PA 231. Do not attempt to make the right turn on PA 50 East from PA 844 West in Independence. If you find yourself at this turn proceed to the Falconi turnaround 1/10 of a mile West on 844. After turning, follow the directional signs.

From COLUMBUS, OH / WHEELING, WV / I-70 EASTBOUND
Follow I-70 East to Wheeling, WV. Take Exit 1A for US-40 East / W Virginia 2 North. Turn left at 10th Street. Take second left onto Market Street. Turn left at 7th Street then right onto North Main St. Follow WV Route 2 North for approximately 15 miles to Wellsburg, WV. Turn right on WV Route 27 East. Continue on Route 27 East to the Pennsylvania state line (approx. six miles). After entering Pennsylvania, WV Route 27 becomes PA Route 844. Proceed on Route 844 East for one mile then turn left onto Route 50 East. Proceed one mile and turn left onto Fallen Timber Road. Proceed one mile and turn left onto Meadowcroft Road. Continue one mile on Meadowcroft Road to the entrance on the right.

From CLEVELAND
Follow I-480 East to Exit 42 for I-80 East. Continue on I-80 East and take Exit 224A for OH Route 11 South toward Canfield. Continue on OH Route 11 South / US Route 30 East to East Liverpool. Exit onto OH Route 39 West / OH Route 7 South / West 8th Street and continue to follow OH Route 7 South for approximately 22 miles. Take US Route 22 East into West Virginia and take Exit 1 for WV Route 2 South toward Follansbee/Wheeling. Turn left onto WV Route 27 East / 10th Street. Continue on Route 27 East to the Pennsylvania state line (approx. six miles). After entering Pennsylvania, WV Route 27 becomes PA Route 844. Proceed on Route 844 East for one mile then turn left onto Route 50 East. Proceed one mile and turn left onto Fallen Timber Road. Proceed one mile and turn left onto Meadowcroft Road. Continue one mile on Meadowcroft Road to the entrance on right.

Accessibility

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village is committed to providing exhibits, programs, and public spaces that are inclusive and accessible for all visitors.

ACCESSIBILITY DETAILS

  • Accessible parking is available directly in front of the Visitor Center.
  • The Visitor Center is wheelchair accessible, although there are no automatic doors on site.
  • Service animals are always welcome. Please see below for our service animal policy.
  • A map of the Meadowcroft site is available at the admissions desk.
  • Accessible restrooms are located in the Visitor Center.
  • Visitors are welcome to nurse anywhere they feel comfortable.

MEADOWCROFT ROCKSHELTER

The Meadowcroft Rockshelter is located in the sandstone cliff face almost 50 feet above Cross Creek. Current access to the site is provided by a set of stairs that lead to the main observation platform (65 steps) and another set of stairs which lead to a smaller observation area at the north end of the excavation (25 more steps).

For our visitors who are unable to ascend the steps, the video program shown at the Rockshelter is also available upon request in the accessible Visitor Center. In addition, an interactive kiosk in the Visitor Center allows visitors to virtually explore the archaeological excavation in great detail using GigaPan image technology.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Wheelchairs: A limited number of manual wheelchairs are available to visitors on a first come, first served basis located in the Visitor Center.

Support staff: Meadowcroft will grant free admission to any therapeutic staff support, counselor, doctor, therapist, or nurse that accompanies a visitor.

SERVICE ANIMAL POLICY

Service animals are always welcome at the Heinz History Center, Fort Pitt Museum, and the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village.

Dogs and miniature horses are the only animals recognized as service animals by federal and state law. Service animals are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities and must be under control at all times by the owner. Service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls. The owner of a service animal may be asked to remove the animal from the premises if they do not take effective action to control the animal.

The Heinz History Center, Fort Pitt Museum, and the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village abide by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) definition of service animals. However, animals such as “comfort animals,” “therapy animals,” “companion animals” or “emotional support animals” are not service animals as defined by the ADA, because they are not trained to perform a specific task for an individual with a disability. Therefore, these animals are not permitted entry into our family of museums.