Senator John Heinz History Center,

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village and Fort Pitt Museum

In preparation for reopening on Wednesday, July 1, the History Center and Fort Pitt Museum have implemented new policies and procedures for the health and safety of visitors and staff:


  • Face coverings are required while it remains a recommendation by the Pennsylvania Department of Health;

  • All visitors and staff should practice social distancing and remain at least six feet away from others;

  • Museums will operate at 50% capacity;

  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the museums; and

  • Enhanced cleaning procedures are in place.


In addition, The Café at the History Center will serve snacks and beverages only.

Timed Tickets on Sale 

Timed tickets to the History Center and Fort Pitt Museum will be available for advance purchase on our website.

Purchasing advance tickets is strongly encouraged, but tickets will also be available at the door, pending capacity limits.

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Senator John Heinz History Center

Explore Pittsburgh's rich tradition of innovation and discover 250 years of Western Pennsylvania History at the Senator John Heinz History Center, Pennsylvania's largest history museum and a proud affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution

Christina McElwain 

1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, located just an hour outside Pittsburgh in Avella, Pa., explores 19,000 years of history. Named one of the “Five Great Places to See Evidence of the First Americans” by Smithsonian Magazine, the Meadowcroft Rockshelter is a National Historic Landmark and the oldest site of human habitation in North America. Visitors can also explore a series of recreated outdoor interpretive areas including a 16th-century Eastern Woodland Indian Village, an 18th-century frontier trading post, and a 19th-century rural village.


Meadowcroft will re-open to the public on Saturday, May 1.

May: Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Memorial Day to Labor Day: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

September and October: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Group tours are available April through November.


New health and safety procedures include:

  • Requiring visitors to wear masks in indoor spaces, including the Visitor Center and restrooms, and when near others;

  • Encouraging social distancing;

  • Providing hand sanitizing stations throughout the site; and enhancing sanitation protocols.


Learn More


Donna Bowser
401 Meadowcroft Road Avella, PA 15312
724-587-3412 EXT: 6501

Fort Pitt Museum

The Fort Pitt Museum tells the story of the Point’s critical role during the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, and the birth of Pittsburgh. Located in Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh, the 12,000-square-foot museum provides visitors with a rich understanding of the world-changing events that occurred in Western Pennsylvania. The Fort Pitt Museum presents living history demonstrations throughout the summer months, in addition to lectures and educational programming throughout the year. The museum is one of the most affordable family-friendly cultural experiences in the region.

Mariah Simensky
Visitor Services and Events Coordinator 
601 Commonwealth Place Building B Pittsburgh, PA 15222