Health & Safety – COVID-19

The Senator John Heinz History Center is closely monitoring all updates on the coronavirus causing COVID-19 and consulting on public health recommendations with the Allegheny County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff remains our top priority. In compliance with the recommendations of local and state officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Heinz History Center, Western Pennsylvania, and Fort Pitt Museum will remain temporarily closed to the public until further notice

All public programs originally scheduled through April 30 are either postponed or canceled. This is a fluid situation, so please continue to follow our website and our social media platforms for the most up-to-date information on our museums and programs. 

Additionally, we are taking additional steps to ensure the cleanliness of shared spaces and reduce the risk of illness for museum patrons, volunteers, and employees:

  • Thoroughly and regularly sanitizing the History Center’s exhibitions and high-traffic areas, including interactive displays, touchscreens, railings, and elevators;
  • Offering hand sanitizing stations around the museum, including the admissions desk, museum shop, and café;
  • Placing reminders on handwashing hygiene and other common-sense precautions in museum restrooms;
  • Maintaining a clean and healthy workplace environment by utilizing sanitizing wipes on all frequently touched surfaces; and
  • Encouraging any staff, volunteers, or guests who feel ill to remain at home for the health and safety of others.

The History Center will continue to monitor this fluid situation as it progresses and take direction from local and state officials.

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