A Very Merry Pittsburgh
This holiday season, visitors can relive cherished childhood memories and make new ones with their loved ones inside the History Center’s A Very Merry Pittsburgh exhibition.
The exhibit features a collection of family keepsakes, artifacts, film, and imagery exploring how Western Pennsylvanians have celebrated major winter holidays, including Christmas, Chanukah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, and more.
Nostalgic artifacts from Pittsburgh’s popular department stores will be on view, including two recreated holiday windows from Kaufmann’s and memorable objects from Kaufmann’s Santaland. Visitors will see Santa’s original chair and giant Mr. and Mrs. Claus ornaments along with the mailbox where thousands of Pittsburgh children mailed their Christmas wish lists to the North Pole.
A Very Merry Pittsburgh will also include a special section featuring vintage toys dating back to the 1840s, along with a hands-on play area for kids and kids-at-heart.
The exhibition is on view through Dec. 31, 2023.
- An interactive play area with retro toys for kids of all ages to enjoy
- Historic gifts and toys from the 1840s through today that showcase the evolution of gift-giving in Western Pa.
- Holiday decorations and artifacts from downtown Pittsburgh department stores like Kaufmann’s and Horne’s
- Memorable objects from Kaufmann’s Santaland, including Santa’s original chair, giant Mr. and Mrs. Claus ornaments, and the mailbox where thousands of Pittsburgh children mailed their Christmas wish lists to the North Pole
'Tis the Season to See Santa
Families can snap their own photo with Old Saint Nick, free of charge, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on these select dates: Nov. 18, 24, 25, and Dec. 2, 9, 16, and 23. Santa visits, included with regular museum admission, are supported by Howard Hanna Real Estate Services in December.
On the Blog
- Holiday Windows in Downtown Pittsburgh
- Awaiting the Arrival of Old St. Nick
- Nativity Scenes From Around the World
- The Mystery of the McKeesport Menorah
- Tuning in the Holidays: Recalling Pittsburgh’s Connections to the TV Holiday Special
- Pittsburgh’s Santa, George Heid
- Christmas at Buhl Planetarium and its Miniature Railroad
- A Very Aluminum Christmas