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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 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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Williamsburg, VA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We spent an entire afternoon here, mainly in 2 exhibits. Do not miss Treasures of the Steamboat Arabia - artifacts recovered from the 1864 shipwreck of the Arabia on the Missouri River. The exhibit addresses the dangers of steamboat travel in those days, the discovery of the remains of the Arabia in a cornfield, and the work to recover and... More

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Newton, MA
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119 reviews 119 reviews
28 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Museum is a little pricey, but it is packed with information. Never having been in the area, we were not aware of much local history and learned a lot. I have a very small glass collection and really enjoyed the glass exhibits in particular. Having visited Friendship Hill (about 1/2 hour away) a few days before we enjoyed learning about... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

This museum has endless floors of Pittsburgh history! I especially enjoyed all of the sports history! It seemed to go on forever!

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New York City, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The Slavery to Freedom exhibit was small but informative. The steam boat excavation exhibit had a plentiful amount of artifacts. The central hall had old wagon train, aluminum car, fire truck, etc. Comprehensive exhibit on immigrant families in Pittsburgh with lots of family memorabilia. Down side was most of 2 floors was local sports museum and not too interesting if... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

Great for a one time visit if your in the area. Many local history facts and displays as well as a large Pittsburgh sports history section. Plenty of paid parking in the area and it's located in an area of the city know as the strip district. If you have the time, walk down to Penn ave and check out... More

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Osceola, Indiana
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116 reviews 116 reviews
26 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Lots of things here of interest - historical items, sports and lots of eclectic et cetera. Requires a lot of reading, which is fine, just be aware of it to pace yourself through several floors of it. I might suggest that you pick what interests you rather than spend your time and energy on things of marginal interest. But it's... More

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Wakeman, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Great displays on 6 different levels. There was Pittsburgh sports history, ethnic history, Heinz history (didn't get to see since they were renovating it), special seasonal history which was on the discovery of the Arcadia. We only had time to see 3 levels.

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not Pittsburgh
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The title says it all. We weren't expecting so much to see and learn but they really delivered. In addition to the history you expect, there is so much more of the history of the region and the people who lived there. Things you haven't seen elsewhere. The ethnic history and the unvarnished presentation of the strikes and disasters that... More

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Bucks County - PA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The history center was only $15/person and well worth it. We were able to get a nice view of the history of Pittsburgh. The levels are designed to capture different events (ship wrecks, sports, natural history, Heinz, etc.) There was a lot to look at and good photo ops as well. When we were there, the Heinz ketchup exhibit was... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This museum has so many interesting things to see. We enjoyed ourselves for several hours. They allowed us to leave for lunch and come back and see more. Several floors of exhibits. It is an easy walk from downtown and close to the convention center.

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