Senator John Heinz History Center

Senator John Heinz History Center

Senator John Heinz History Center
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Dede K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2,198 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun on every floor!
    A mishmosh of historical fun! Our family absolutely loves every floor of the John Heinz Museum! Larger than life pieces, traveling exhibits, play area for the kids complete with curly slide, tv sets and more! Perfect for field trips or family/friend visits! I love the trolley you can explore, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood set and props, the sports museum and the steps program where you win a pickle pin if you complete! So much fun!
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Manish N
    United States267 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing artifacts. Can visit the next day for Free.
    There's something awesome on each floor. From Heinz transportation vehicles to Sports memorabilia to the Wars, even their rotating exhibits showcase something for everyone. Can easily spend 5+ hours here. Very nice staff. If you bring your ticket/receipt the next day, you can come back in for free.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 3, 2023
  • takingiteasy2014
    Syracuse, New York31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Museum for All Ages
    Serendipity! Found this museum across from our parking lot! Wonderful exhibit on The Green Book. Two floors of Western PA sports from local to pro Sports. Could easily do a return trip .Did not get to all the floors! So much to see. Pleasant coffee shop.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 11, 2023
  • JoAnne S
    Powell, Ohio16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great 2 hours spent!!
    Fun museum. Really wish the Mr. Rogers exhibit was larger. The Heinz history / packaging was neat as was the glass exhibit. The slavery section was informative. If you like Pittsburgh sports, there are two floors dedicated to it! Overall a great museum! Also a kids play section which we did not use but looked fun! The store has some interesting things as well!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 19, 2023
  • phvi2617
    Anaheim, California587 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really nice museum for all things Pittsburgh
    This is a cool museum focused on the history of the Pittsburgh area. There is really quite a lot to see, and I particularly enjoyed the exhibits on the French and Indian War, the Heinz Company, and Mr. Rogers. Two of the floors are also dedicated to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. They also have an extensive gift shop. Overall, a really well-done and enjoyable museum.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Mark P
    Swampscott, Massachusetts2,407 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Nice Museum
    This museum is free during the month of August. It is an interesting and well curated facility with many interesting artifacts and photos. The Heinz products exhibits and the sports museum are well worth the visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Marcia C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Negro Motorist Green Book Exhibit
    Visited the Heinz History Center Pittsburgh, PA to see The Negro Motorist Green Book Exhibit. It was an amazing exhibit. It looked at how African American traveled in the 50's. The books told us where to stay for lodging, restaurants and business to visit and feel comfortable in a safe place. The Green Book was a survival tool for those traveling throughout the south and west as well as the northeast. There were many notable entertainment and business individuals that visited Pittsburgh ,and Pittsburgh's Hill District was a very viable part of the hotels, nightclubs and business in that area. I just want to thank the History Center and the Smithsonian Institute for bringing this exhibit to Pittsburgh. It was awesome.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • ttraveling
    126 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect for learning about Pittsburg
    This was a great stop for an hour or so of Pittsburgh history, and you could easily spend 2-3 hours here to see everything. I really enjoyed the Heinz exhibit and the Mr. Rogers set, and also seeing the displays from the various cultures represented in Pittsburgh. Be sure to check out the great view of the city from the corner window on each floor. Bonus - free admission in August! There's a big parking lot across the street and it's easy to walk to if you park further down the Strip District.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Heather
    Las Vegas, Nevada1,218 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free in August
    There's lots of cool information about the history of Heinz, as well as the sets and puppets from Mr. Rogers neighborhood. There's also a temporary Green Book exhibition which was fantastic. Added bonus - free admission in August!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 15, 2023
  • torpdo
    Des Moines, Iowa530 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    What a great place! It's more than food - it is sports, military history, space exploration, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood! I decided to visit Pittsburgh after watching an episode of "The Foods that Built America". This museum is HUGE and one can easily spend an entire day here. Learn what '57' means, see exhibits from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, learn about sports, a goalpost from Pittsburgh Steelers stadium is outside the museum. Definitely worth the visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Written August 27, 2023
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RecreationV
New York City, NY406 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
This is a large museum with 6 floors of history and a broad perspective centering on or incorporating Pittsburgh. Visiting for a few days I focused first on the exhibits I can't see anywhere else: Heinz Ketchup and Mister Rogers.
The Heinz exhibit offered a good bit of history of the company and the challenges Henry Heinz faced getting started and growing the business. Also a fun trip down memory lane. The Mister Rogers exhibit was lovely, focusing on him and who he was, his background and the show he created. Tis left a bit of time for other exhibits, but such a large museum could be visited again to truly appreciate all it has to offer.
Written July 19, 2021
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HDS1
Fairfield, OH815 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
My wife and I spent many hours in the Heinz History Center on a recent visit to Pittsburgh. I was especially impressed with the "neighborhoods" sections, which not only included a Mr. Rogers area, but artifacts about the different ethnic groups that lived in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh innovators exhibit was also fascinating. And, for all of you sports fans out there, admission includes the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. Obviously a large portion of that area is devoted to the three major league teams based in Pittsburgh, but there is also a section devoted to the Negro league teams, college sports, and high school sports.
Written August 31, 2021
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Hburger
Harrisburg, PA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Found ourselves with a few hours after airbnb checkout and before our next event, and we easily ran out of time! 6 floors of exhibits made it easy to spend time on those in which we had the most interest. The Pittsburgh Innovation exhibit had so much history...Mellon, Carnegie, Westinghouse to name a very few. The Mister Rogers exhibit was nostalgic and wonderful. Enjoyed the tribute to Senator Heinz. And the HJ Heinz Company exhibit was amazing...did not know horseradish was the first product. This was a fun museum. Ample parking on a Sunday afternoon. We utilized Grant St parking garage, $5/day Sunday.
Written February 28, 2020
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futtock21
London, UK16,478 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
This is a great museum by any standards. Set in a former Ice warehouse over five floors it is worth the entrance fee alone for the collection of old fire engines, trams and vehicles and the special exhibition of the art of John Kane, a Scottish emigre to Pittsburgh in the 1930s. But then the upper floors house permanent exhibitions about Western Pennsylvania during the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763) and the Second World War as an industrial and armament hub, a history of glassmaking is n the area, of the H.J. Heinz company and a floor containing a vast treasure trove of historical artefacts over the last two centuries.
Written July 26, 2022
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Navigate604423
67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
The museum is like an insiders view to Pittsburgh. The exhibits really brought back some great memories. Climbing up into the the streetcar and taking a seat really brought back the memories. You could almost hear the loud clanking as the streetcar traveled over the Smithfield Street bridge. The layout of the museum was planned well and well thought out. There’s plenty of space to move around and the exhibits are spaced nicely so overcrowding wasn’t a problem. If you’re looking for a museum that shows what Pittsburgh is and about the people who make up Pittsburgh this is a great place to go.

Note to ladies working at gift shop. When you have customers in line waiting to check out. Stop your texting and put down your cellphone.
Written September 6, 2021
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tabhauser
Boulder, CO802 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We chose the following exhibits that interested us as we did not have all day
The place talks about Ketchup and the company.

Since I’ve been a faithful Heinz Ketchup user my entire life I was very curious about the name and the company’s 150 old history.

Here you learn more than just ketchup, but also of some of their other 5000 products. (Did you know ketchup moves at .028 mph, slower than a snail?)

On display are old commercials of ketchup, Morris the Cat, and Charley the Tuna. There is a recipe book from 1869, and walls of displays and artifacts showing how the company grew from a farm stand. An unusual old artifact is the pickle pouch the salesman would carry.

We liked seeing the Mr. Rogers exhibit. Did not know the baseball stadium, Ferris wheel, gas station and the polio vaccine came from Pittsburgh
Written December 20, 2021
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Nate080411
Nashua, NH1,015 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I came for the Ketchup and stayed for the rest of the museum.

I was surprised with the amount of memorabilia and artifacts that this History Center had to offer. I wanted to come here so I could see the exhibit on Ketchup, but spent about 2 hours walking around all the other exhibits that they had on display. There is a vast amount of history to walk through ranging from sports to wars, the museum really has a bit of everything. It is a great location and allows you to then walk to many other attractions as well. While I was hoping for more of the Ketchup/Heinz history, the other parts of the center did make for a good impression. I don't know if I would take kids here and expect them to be entertained, but for adults, I think it is a great way to spend the afternoon.
Written October 21, 2022
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TravelGal
Allentown, United States37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I think this place could have alot to offer, but the exhibits need more explanation. If I weren't from PA, I wouldn't get half the people. It's neat that a museum like this exists, but they need to take a hard look at the communication. The Westinghouse exhibit and miniature room were exceptions. The staff in the railroad room was amazing.
Our visit was colored by the fact that we paid to go and it was a free day for people that had PMC or some insurance. It was crowded for no reason--those people just wanted free food. Had we been told upon entrance they were having the event, we would have come another day. I hope they advise guests in the future if that is the case.
Written September 26, 2022
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caribbeantraveler91
Pennsylvania1,291 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Family
We attended a memorial service at The John Heinz Historic Center. What a great venue for an event. The museum has everything “Pittsburgh”. Although we didn’t get to tour the entire museum, it appeared to appeal to all ages. There were interactive exhibits for both children and adults. The Heinz ketchup exhibit was neat to see, but I definitely couldn’t leave without seeing a piece of my childhood, the Mr. Rogers exhibit. What a nice tribute to an American icon. The museum consists of six floors, with a mixture of exhibits on each floor. If you’re looking to pass some time while in the city, and learn a little about the history of Pittsburgh, this is worth your while.
Written November 21, 2021
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JenD
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Our family of 4 (ages 13, 14, 40 somethings) visited the museum. Overall, the teenagers seemed to enjoy it. Our only complaint is we often didn't know where to go. The map was a bit confusing to us. The second floor had arrows and footprints. But, didn't find those on other floors. Coming off the elevator, we weren't always sure which way to go. We surely missed things. Somethings were kind of behind us. The exhibit name didn't always match the words that we saw painted on the walls.

A lot to read. We spent over 2 hours. By then, everyone was tired and hungry.

I wish they gave you additional days in between visiting this site and the other venues that the same ticket was honored at. You had to visit the next day and we already had something else scheduled. It doesn't let families get the full value of the ticket which is disappointing.

Overall, glad we went. In the future, I would have cleared two days so that we could have visited this site and the other places that our ticket could be used at. So we could get the full value.
Written August 4, 2022
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