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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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This unique museum could only be in Pittsburgh. The original gateway to the west, Pittsburgh history is told in centuries. Choose a path and see what it was like to live in this spot during each time period. Sometime actors actually play characters and bring the history to life. Add to this the other side of the museum devoted to... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My husband and I have been here twice on the day of a sporting event and both times we hated to leave. We must find time to visit when can spend a full afternoon. You're allowed to move at your own pace and there are many places to stop and sit for a bit. Obviously it's all about Pittsburgh history,... More

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Romney, West Virginia, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

There are six floors. It is definitely family friendly and something for everyone. We only got through 3 floors. There is so much history and things to see. Would recommend a stop here as part of your visit to Pittsburgh, pa

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Butler, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

My 14-year old and I liked discovering the incentive to use the stairs... a "prize" at the end of the visit. We explored at a leisurely pace, and relaxed for a bit on the rocking chairs in the large entryway.

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Grand Marais, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We had a rainy day so decided to visit the museum. It was our good fortune! Interesting history of Pennsylvania - H J Heinz, glass industry, sports (from high school to pros), and even the French and Indian Wars. This would be a good attraction even on a sunny day!

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Williamsburg, VA
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59 reviews 59 reviews
22 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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122 reviews 122 reviews
28 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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

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
13 helpful votes 13 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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