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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 86 attractions in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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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 NEW

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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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GTA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We were staying across the street at the Hampton Inn and decided to drop in for a quick visit. I wish we had allowed ourselves more time to tour the museum. It was really quite interesting learning about the history of Pittsburgh and going through the Sports Museum. I hadn't realized that it was affiliated with the Smithsonian. The kids... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Pittsburghers love their city and their history. The History Center offers special shows on a regular basis. We took the grandchildren to see the football show last year and they loved it.

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Cleveland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

All cities should have such a grand testament to its history, historic figures and traditions. We spent two hours mesmerized by the main exhibit which explores the history and economic development of the Pittsburgh area. Entrepreneurs are given their due without whitewashing the horrors perpetrated on workers trying to stand up for safer work conditions and livable wages. We were... More

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