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“Fort Pitt Museum” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fort Pitt Museum

Fort Pitt Museum
Ranked #35 of 157 things to do in Pittsburgh
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Owner description: Located in a recreated bastion in Point State Park, this museum chronicles the history from early-French explorations to the beginning of Pittsburgh's industrial age.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fort Pitt Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012

This is located Downtown at "The Point" or Point State Park near The Hilton Hotel. The Point is a gathering place for Pittsburgh celebrations, The Regatta, and has a long history of being settled and fought over. The museum is over the site of Fort Duquesne, which saw action in the French and Indian War, and the British fought for it. They have reconstructed parts of the fort, and built a new museum there--a great day for history buffs, and those wanting to be near the rivers, and sit on the steps that lead to it--to walk around Point State Park, and finally--to see the Point State Park Fountain and the confluence of the three rivers--a must!
By the way--I will tease you--the fountain comes from the underground FOURTH river of Pittsburgh--read up!!

Visited June 2012
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English first
New Palestine, Indiana
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102 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

Wonderful park on the rivers. Nice museum with many unusual artifacts. Worth the hassle of finding a parking spot.

Visited October 2012
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Plainfield
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59 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Cool Museum!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2012

Museum explains ,in great detail, the history of the fort and of the city. The bottom foor is a little empty, but the 2nd floor has great exhibits and videos explaining in different time periods what had happened at the fort and the history of the city. Would like to go back the next time I'm in that area, because the park the museum is located on was under construction. Was a little confusing to find due to the construction.

Visited July 2012
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Warner Robins, GA
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254 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Informative and well done reconstruction”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

The Museum shows a graphic picture of the role of the Fort from the French/Indian War, Revolution, and settlement westward. There are several types of displays and a few videos to add variety to the experience. Rather sad to see what we did and have done to the native Americans who lived here first, but we need to be reminded of our history, good and bad.

Visited September 2012
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San Francisco, California
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49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“One-stop shop to learn of Pittsburgh's history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

You can allocate 1-2 hours here. We came here when it opened at 10am and then walked (about 15mins) across the bridge to ride the Duqesne incline then lunch at the top of Mt Washington afterwards for a beautiful view of downtown. Fort Pitt museum is a wonderful place to learn of the city's history and its significance during French and Indian war along with Revolutionary war. Don't forget to stop inside the remaining blockhouse next door. Also take a short 5minute walk to the "point" of Point State Park where all the 3 rivers meet. There is actually construction going on right now for the fountain so we were unable to see it finished (think it's supposed to be done summer next year), but you can still walk along the rivers and take pictures.

Visited August 2012
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