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Senator John Heinz History Center

Explore 250 years of Pittsburgh’s past at the largest history museum in Pennsylvania.

The Heinz History Center is the primary resource for locals and tourists interested in exploring Pittsburgh’s rich past. Learn about the role that immigrants played in building this world-class city. Climb aboard one of the famous trolley cars from the 1940s and delve into the area’s diverse sports history. It’s easy to spend a morning or afternoon here, with thousands of artifacts spread across six floors and a collection of permanent and changing exhibits.

Discover everyday items that were invented in Pittsburgh in the fascinating Tradition of Innovation exhibit. This collection features a diverse array of discoveries, from the vaccine for polio to the world’s most famous hamburger, the Big Mac.

The life of the Pittsburgh philanthropist for whom the museum is named, Senator John Heinz, is explored in detail in his namesake exhibit. And the cultural and corporate history of the city is showcased in the Special Collections Gallery.  

Sports fans will enjoy the chance to learn about famous figures and moments in Pittsburgh’s sporting history. The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, a “museum within a museum,” covers two floors and houses more than 70 hands-on exhibits, 20 audiovisual items and an extensive collection of memorabilia. See Chip Ganassi’s winning Indy 500 car from 2000, Billy Conn’s boxing gloves and championship belt, and the baseball player Satchel Paige’s glove.

Also located within the Heinz History Center are a library and archive center, where you can uncover and research information about people, places or events in the city’s last 250 years.

The Senator John Heinz History Center is located on Smallman Street, in the historic Strip District, a few blocks northeast of downtown Pittsburgh. Metered street parking and a parking lot are available nearby. Buses from downtown service the Strip District. The center is open daily, and there is a small charge for entry.


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Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore $99
Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore

Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore

260 North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh, PA
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in North Shore, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Heinz Field, PNC Park, and Andy Warhol Museum. Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and Market Square are also within 15 minutes. North Side Station is only a 4-minute walk and Allegheny Station is 12 minutes.

    Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh-Downtown $107
    Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh-Downtown

    Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh-Downtown

    1247 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Strip District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Senator John Heinz Regional History Centre and David L Lawrence Convention Center. PPG Paints Arena and Benedum Center are also within 15 minutes. Pittsburgh Station is only a 4-minute walk and Steel Plaza Station is 11 minutes.

      Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown $129
      Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown

      Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown

      1410 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Strip District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Senator John Heinz Regional History Centre and David L Lawrence Convention Center. Benedum Center and Heinz Hall are also within 15 minutes. Pittsburgh Station is only a 5-minute walk and Steel Plaza Station is 11 minutes.

        Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown $99
        Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown

        Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown

        600 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Point State Park, Market Square, and Heinz Hall. PNC Park and Heinz Field are also within 15 minutes. Gateway Station is only a 4-minute walk and Wood Street Station is 8 minutes.

          Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown $110
          Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown

          Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown

          745 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of U.S. Steel Tower and David L Lawrence Convention Center. PPG Paints Arena and Benedum Center are also within 10 minutes. Steel Plaza Station and Pittsburgh Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh $152
            Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh

            Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh

            620 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of U.S. Steel Tower, Market Square, and PPG Paints Arena. PNC Park and Monongahela Incline are also within 1 mi (2 km). Steel Plaza Station and Wood Street Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown $101
              DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown

              DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown

              One Bigelow Square, Pittsburgh, PA
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of U.S. Steel Tower, PPG Paints Arena, and Benedum Center. Duquesne University and David L Lawrence Convention Center are also within 10 minutes. Steel Plaza Station is only a 2-minute walk and Wood Street Station is 6 minutes.

                EVEN Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown $94
                EVEN Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown

                EVEN Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown

                425 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Allegheny County Courthouse, PPG Paints Arena, and Market Square. Benedum Center and Heinz Hall are also within 10 minutes. Steel Plaza Station is only a 3-minute walk and Wood Street Station is 6 minutes.