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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 92 Attractions in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We visited the Heinz History Center in August and really enjoyed it. We had visited the Meadowcroft Rockshelter, which is connected, and enjoyed that, plus we were staying right across the street, so we decided to visit. We ended up spending MUCH more time than we expected to, as it is a really nice center with beautiful exhibits. We learned... More

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Good to start here for history - but not really up to date and heavy on sports. Need several hours to see everything/

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Manassas, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is an excellent museum that has many wonderful exhibits highlighting Pittsburgh. There is a cool heart healthy stair trail which provides even more information about the area. There is an elevator if you don't want to use the stairs. If you complete it, go to the gift shop and they give you a prize. This is a must see... More

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Baldwinsville, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Traveled with EAIA to visit this museum. So many great sections of this huge museum you need a day to explore it all. Super presentation.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A small but impressive collection of historical memorabilia indigenous to Western PA. Also houses a great sports collection with memories of the glory days of the Pittsburgh sports teams, golfer and more.

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Columbus, OH
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Sort of an eclectic collection of interesting things mixed in with many themed exhibits that are very well presented. Goos Pittsburgh and PA culture & history AND the PA sports hall of fame. We were there 4 hours before we knew it.

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Hatfield, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a large museum with many floors and extensive exhibits, including a slew of period sections - 30s, 40s, 50s, etc. The combination of history and artifacts explains why this attraction is assciated with the Smithsonian.

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Yukon, Oklahoma
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61 reviews 61 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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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232 reviews 232 reviews
90 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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

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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