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Senator John Heinz History Center

1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (Strip District)
412-454-6000
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Ranked #6 of 88 attractions in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Blandon, Pennsylvania, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We particularly liked the Sports Museum (only one of us is a Steelers/Pirates/Penguins fan). The displays covers ALL sports in and around Pittsburgh. If you visit Point State Park museum, the ticket will get you half off at this museum. Gift shop had plenty to offer. Small snack shop for snacks/drinks. Plenty to do for kids--hands-on. Three Rivers Stadium goalpost... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

This is one of the best history centers I have been to in my visits around the country. Wonderful, thought provoking exhibits that tell the story of the region and the nation. It is one of my favorite places to take out of town guests. In addition, I go frequently when there are new local exhibits because they are always... More

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Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This museum is awesome. I went thinking..."a whole museum on ketchup?" Not.Even.Close. I'm a little too young to remember Senator Heinz and his journey toward the presidency which was cut short by his tragic death. However, the museum named in his honor is amazing. It's not just about Ketchup and the Heinz family, it's everything Pittsburgh and how Pittsburgh really... More

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Centerville, Pa
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

You could actually spend an entire day here, but attention fatigue would probably set in after 4 hours because there's so much to see. The Sports section alone is worth the visit. Then there's the special exhibits and the permanent collections. The building itself is worthy of a look. It's an old ice house, made of brick and reconverted into... More

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Morocco, IN
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We visit a lot of museums so I may have very high standards but I wasn't impressed. Don't get me wrong, there are some nice exhibits and the building itself is impressive, but I was bored. My husband very much enjoyed the wooden hand plane display and my favorite was the glass. The special exhibit was also quite nice. I... More

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Lewistown, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is a great eclectic museum. It is all things Pittsburg, in every way imaginable. My son and I stopped by before a baseball game. We thought two hours would be plenty, boy were we wrong, we did 3 floors then had to hurry through 2 more before leaving for the game. There is something for everyone. Pop art, sports,... More

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Pittsburgh, PA
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

The History Center is deceiving as it is much larger inside than what it appears to be from the outside. There is a lot to offer everyone of every age and the exhibits are very well marked. The PopTastic exhibit was fun and informative.

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Duluth, Georgia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Really cool place. Loved the minature railway with oldtime Pittsburgh worked into the landscape. The submarine is relaly neat.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Set in the Strip area of Pittsburgh, the History Center is for everyone. The seniors will love to see things that have happened in their lifetimes ( and of course, previous times, too), and children will love to see almost everything. There is a full size trolley right in the lobby, Mr. Rogers exhibit and a whole section just on... More

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Stow, OH
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Six floors of interesting exhibits. Wax figures, audio clips and lots of information & displayed artifacts make this a great place to visit. My wife and I had four young adults with us and it kept everyone occupied for several hours.

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