Get to the Point of Pittsburgh History

Discover the world-shaping events that occurred right here in Pittsburgh at the Fort Pitt Museum, located within Point State Park.

The Fort Pitt Museum tells the story of Western Pennsylvania’s pivotal role during the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, and as the birthplace of Pittsburgh through interactive exhibitions, life-like figures, and 18th-century artifacts.

During the summer months, you can witness living history in Point State Park as the Fort Pitt Museum’s colonial reenactors demonstrate how life was lived during the 1700s.

Hours & Location

The Fort Pitt Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New year.

The museum is located in Point State Park in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. The museum is most accessible by walking through the entrance to Point State Park (via Commonwealth Place) and crossing under the portal bridge.


Adults $10
Senior Citizens (65+) $8
Students with a valid school ID $6
Children ages 6-17 $6
Children ages 5 and under FREE
History Center Members FREE
Retired & Active Duty Military Receive $2 off admission
Teachers FREE this May

Blue Star Museum

The Heinz History Center, Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, Fort Pitt Museum, and Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village are proud to be Blue Star Museums. From Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 18, 2024 through Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2024, all active-duty military personnel will receive free admission for themselves and up to five family members. The program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and thousands of museums across the country.

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and Space Force, members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), DD Form 1173-1 ID card or the Next Generation Uniformed Services (Real) ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

The Fort Pitt Museum, located in historic Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh, is a two-floor, 12,000-square-foot museum that tells the story of Western Pennsylvania’s pivotal role during the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, and as the birthplace of Pittsburgh.

The strategic location of the fort – at the Forks of the Ohio River – helped to shape the course of American and world history.

First opened in 1969 in a reconstructed bastion, the Fort Pitt Museum provides visitors with a rich understanding of the world-changing events that occurred right here in Western Pennsylvania.

Through interactive exhibitions, life-like historical figures, and recently added artifacts, visitors will learn the important role our region played in shaping the United States.

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Fort Pitt Museum

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The Shop at Fort Pitt

The Fort Pitt Museum Shop is your one-stop shop for quirky colonial gifts. The Museum Shop is open 24/7 online, and seven days a week during regular museum hours.

Fort Pitt Block House

The Fort Pitt Museum’s historic neighbor is the Fort Pitt Block House, owned and maintained by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The Block House is not affiliated with the Fort Pitt Museum or the Heinz History Center.