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.
From September through November, all kids aged 17 and under will receive free admission to the Heinz History Center, thanks to support from community partners UPMC and UPMC Health Plan.
|Senior Citizens (65+)||$8|
|Students with a valid school ID||$6|
|Children ages 6-17||Free, thanks to UPMC and UPMC Health Plan|
|Children ages 5 and under||FREE|
|History Center Members||FREE|
|Retired & Active Duty Military||Receive $2 off admission|
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.
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.