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.
Open year-round, 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 New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
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.
|Senior Citizens (62+)||$7|
|Students with a valid school ID||$4.50|
|Children ages 6-17||$4.50|
|Children ages 5 and under||FREE|
|History Center Members||FREE|
|Retired & active duty military||Receive $2 off admission|
Blue Star Museums
The Heinz History Center, Fort Pitt Museum, and Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village proudly participate in Blue Star Museums, which offers free admission to active-duty military personnel, including the National Guard and Reserves, and their families, from Armed Forces Day (May 20) through Labor Day (Sept. 4). 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.
Free admission to the Heinz History Center, Fort Pitt Museum, and Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village 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.
Visitors to Fort Pitt Museum can present proof of admission at the Heinz History Center to receive reduced admission. Offer valid same- and next-day only. The admission fee paid at Fort Pitt will be applied toward regular admission at the History Center. Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the door.
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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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.