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Senator John Heinz History Center

1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (Strip District)
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Ranked #6 of 91 Attractions in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Yukon, Oklahoma
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60 reviews 60 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Went to Heinz History center and we found the place to be just OK. I would have been very disappointed if we would have had to pay full price. They do have a lot of sport history there and I would have like to see the Heinz display but it was not ready yet.

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Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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195 reviews 195 reviews
63 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I went with my mother and niece. we were there for two hours..it makes you feel proud of the city of Pittsburgh. The gift shop has some cool clothing options with pittsburgh history on a few of them a great use for an old building

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Morris Plains, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The History Center has 5 floors of great information Included is Pitts burg's contribution in terms of science, industry, medical advances and the people who helped make these discoveries possible. There is a sports section which covers 2 floors, and exhibits on one family who traced the footsteps of Lewis & Clark, the glass industry ,slavery and the French and... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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135 reviews 135 reviews
29 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Just to see the interior of this historic building is reason enough. They offer a military discount and we appreciate that. Great displays, the steamboat Arabia was very interesting for all ages. The history of Pittsburgh was quite interesting as well. Well worth it!

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South Jersey
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Driving from South Jersey to Akron wanting to see Pittsburgh for the first time and have something to do, we picked this place. What a find! On the stay with friends, we saw the Pro Football HOF and the Rock & Roll HOF and this was the best. The displays are so diverse and so informative that we arrived at... More

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West Sacramento, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
3 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Wasn't planning to visit this museum but had an extra hour before we needed to head off to the airport. In the final hour prior to closing, museum admission is half-off. That one hour turned out to be just perfect for seeing the museum's best collections, which are diverse and interesting. And an unbeatable value at half off.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Took eight of my grandkids on an adventure in history they really had a great time and so did I the price was very reasonable and we enjoyed lunch which was also very reasonable. Plan to visit again next year

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We went to this museum for a Boy Scout Merit Badge Day. The education day for the scouts was really well done and they learned a lot about American history and Western Pennsylvania. The museum is 6 floors and it is recommended that you start on the bottom and work up. Each floor is spacious with the displays. The written... More

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Lancaster PA
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77 reviews 77 reviews
31 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We had a true Pittsburgh sports fan traveling with us so we went to this museum in order to see the display (2 floors) of the Western PA sports history. That was really a good display -of course the Steelers and Pirates but also the local schools, legendary Arnold Palmer, and the not so famous sports- marble champions! , etc.... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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75 reviews 75 reviews
26 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I highly recommend a visit for any visitor to Pittsburgh. Others have provided good description of what the museum has to offer so I won't try to elaborate. Allow for 2.5 to 3 hours for a good visit. While street parking is available for $1/hr, there is a limit of only 2 hours. It is right next to the Strip... More

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