Go back in time and experience five billion years of the Earth’s history and 250+ years of Pittsburgh’s history at such locations as Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Fort Pitt Museum and the Senator John Heinz History Center. From the museum with the world’s third largest dinosaur repository to the first shots fired during the French & Indian War, the region’s history museums bring the past to life.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Carnegie Museum of Natural History is ranked among the top five natural history museums in the country and is world famous for its dinosaurs, including the first-ever discovered T. Rex. Through more than 20 galleries and the Powdermill Nature Reserve research field station, the museum maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 21 million objects and scientific specimen, instilling a love of science, nature, and the environment.
Fort Pitt Museum
The museum houses exhibits on the history of the 18th Century in what would become western Pennsylvania. A new exhibit follows the course of colonial and Revolutionary conflicts from 1754-1803, examining the prominent role the “Forks of the Ohio” and its forts played in determining the course of American History.
Senator John Heinz History Center
Discover more than 250 years of Pittsburgh history at the Senator John Heinz History Center and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum located in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District. Don’t miss the newest exhibition, Pittsburgh’s Lost Steamboat: Treasures of the Arabia, highlighting a Pittsburgh-built boat that sank in the Missouri River and was excavated 150 years later with nearly a million perfectly-preserved objects.
Frick Art and Historical Center
The Frick Art and Historical Center is a fascinating complex of museums and historical buildings located on over five acres of lawns and gardens in Pittsburgh’s residential East End. The Center is devoted to the interpretation of the life and times of industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick. Exhibitions of fine and decorative art are also presented at the Center.