Located in the Strip District, the Senator John Heinz History Center engages and inspires a large and diverse audience with links to the past, understanding in the present and guidance for the future by preserving regional history and presenting the American experience through a western Pennsylvania lens.
This work is accomplished in partnership with others through archaeology, archives, artifact collections, conservation, educational programs, exhibitions, library, museums, performance, publications, research, technical assistance, and increasingly through broadcast media and the internet.
Devoted to the history and heritage of Western Pennsylvania, the History Center (legal name – the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania) is Pennsylvania’s largest history museum and a proud affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
Its family of museums and programs includes the Heinz History Center, Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, Fort Pitt Museum, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, Detre Library & Archives and the new Museum Conservation Center. The 370,000 square-foot museum presents compelling stories from American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection in an interactive environment perfect for visitors of all ages.
Since 2000, the History Center has been an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, collaborating on a wide variety of projects including museum exhibitions, public programs, educational opportunities, and publications. History Center members are also Smithsonian Institution members, and receive a variety of benefits.