Health & Safety | Response to COVID-19

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant in areas of substantial transmission, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all people, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, wear a mask while in public indoor spaces.

In accordance with guidelines set by the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Heinz History Center, Fort Pitt Museum, and Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village requires masks to be worn by all visitors (age 2 and above) while indoors, regardless of vaccination status, effective on Saturday, Sept. 4.

Museum staff and volunteers will also be wearing masks indoors.


Health & Safety Policies

Our museums have implemented extensive health and sanitation measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors and staff:

  • Face coverings are required while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Social distancing (at least six feet apart) is strongly encouraged.
  • The History Center utilizes high-efficiency MERV-13 filters that screen out airborne particulates down to 0.3 microns in diameter. Our filter systems, which rival hospital-grade systems, capture 99.97% of airborne particulates, well above the level of an N-95 mask, and supply an air change rate (ACR) of 8.5 per hour, or approximately once every seven minutes.
  • Daily capacity will continue to be monitored to ensure visitor safety.
  • Sanitation supplies, such as disinfecting wipes, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, etc. are readily available for added use by patrons and placed throughout the museums. Masks are available for interested patrons.
  • High-touch points (door handles, countertops, elevator buttons, etc.) are cleaned and sanitized hourly.
  • Restrooms are cleaned multiple times per day.
  • Contactless payment methods, such as Apple Pay and Google Wallet, are available for visitor use at the Admissions Desk and our Museum Shop.

Updated Sept. 3, 2021

Café and Refreshments

The Café at the History Center is open daily and serves up fresh wraps and sandwiches from Common Plea. Visitors can remove their masks while consuming food or beverage in The Café.

History at Home

Virtual visitors can explore an array of online offerings on the museum’s History at Home page, which includes links for virtual exhibit tours, activities for kids, historic photos, fun videos, fascinating blogs, and so much more.

Be sure to check out our events page to register for our upcoming virtual programs.

And don’t forget to sign up for our Making History e-newsletter, featuring fresh history content and up-to-date information on our family of museums.

We thank you for your patience and continued support of the Heinz History Center – the Smithsonian’s home in Pittsburgh!