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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 older children, Activities for young children
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South Jersey
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
3 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This a great place to visit in the city. It is filled with interesting regional artifacts and displays. There is an extensive sports section to compliment the history. One day here actually was not enough. We will go again next year. There are also nice eateries within easy walking of the center.

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Bay Area, CA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This museum is a significant addition to the Pittsburgh cultural scene. While there obviously is an emphasis on Pittsburgh - especially in the sporting sections - there's an awful lot else to hold a person's interest. There is a somewhat chronological section on the history of the Pittsburgh area - which in many ways is a broader window into the... More

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Ontario, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Well... maybe it was me but I got bored pretty quick. I think we should have gone to the Carnigie museum instead. Great museum if your from Pittsburgh or Pennsylvania as its geared towards that goal

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Ample parking. AAA and senior discount on entry tickets. Great exhibits. Western Pennsylvania Sports exhibits will be loved by sports fans.

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