History Center and Fort Pitt Museum Now Open

The Senator John Heinz History Center and Fort Pitt Museum are open to the public as of Saturday, Jan. 9.

Not ready to visit in person? You can also 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

History Center
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
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Fort Pitt Museum
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
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Sports Museum
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
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Closed for the season
Will reopen May 1, 2021
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Directions & Parking Information

For directions and parking information for each of our museum sites, please navigate below.

Timed Tickets

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.

Visiting Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village? More information.
Visiting the Fort Pitt Museum? Purchase tickets online.


In recognition of Autism Acceptance Month, the Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum will host its first-ever Sensory Friendly Days, presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, on Sunday, April 18 and Monday, April 19.

Sensory Friendly Days will offer individuals of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or sensory processing differences the opportunity to experience “the Smithsonian’s home in Pittsburgh” in a comfortable and welcoming environment. The History Center is committed to providing an inclusive environment for all visitors.

Thanks to support from DICK’S Sporting Goods, the History Center will offer free admission on April 18-19 for individuals with ASD or sensory processing differences plus one guest.

If you’d like to reserve or purchase tickets for April 18 or April 19, you can do so here:

Sunday, April 18
Monday, April 19


To help protect high-risk members of our community, the Heinz History Center and Fort Pitt Museum will designate every Thursday from 10 a.m. to Noon as special hours for visitors age 62 and older, visitors with disabilities, or those who are immunocompromised.  During these hours, the museums will focus on providing a comfortable experience for these vulnerable guests. The museums will open to the general public at Noon on Thursdays. While visitor services staff will not be checking IDs for age confirmation, we ask that other guests respect these dedicated hours.

History Center Tickets

Café and Refreshments

The Café at the History Center is currently open only on Saturdays and Sundays. Fresh wraps and sandwiches from Common Plea are available for purchase.

From Sunday to Friday, visit the Museum Shop’s snack bar to purchase a limited selection of snacks and drinks.

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.