Museums Around Pittsburgh

Explore the history of the area through these diverse museums around Pittsburgh! These listings are located in Pittsburgh and around western Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh History Center

1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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Officially known as the “Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center”, the History Center is one of the coolest attractions in the area and operates as both a museum and research facility.  It is housed in a converted 160,000 sf warehouse.  The exhibits are locally based, well done and in depth; plan to spend a whole day here.

Tour Ed Mine Museum

748 Bull Creek Rd, Tarentum, PA 15084

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Western Pennsylvania has a proud and rich mining tradition.  Learn more about mining and its heritage at the Tour-Ed Mine by touring an actual mine with an experienced miner.  The museum contains mining tools dating back to the 1850s as well as state of the art tools.  Also check out the “Mine Village”, sawmill and other attractions.

Depreciation Lands Museum

4743 S Pioneer Rd, Allison Park, PA 15101

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“A village where history is real life”, the Depreciation Lands Museum provides the opportunity to visit the 19th century pioneer world. Open on Sundays from May through October, costumed demonstrators will take you back to another time. The museum is open for various other special events throughout the year.

Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum

5507 Lakeside Dr, Gibsonia, PA 15044

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The purpose of the WPMRM is to “promote and preserve” railroad history in the area and to encourage model railroading as a hobby. The museum houses a library and serves as an educational resource for local residents, but its main attraction is a huge model railroad display: a representation of the rail line between Pittsburgh and Cumberland, MD set in the 1950s. There are also many model train sets on display, and a Holiday Train Show during the Christmas season.

Childrens Museum of Pittsburgh

10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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Nestled in the “square” of Allegheny Center on the North Side lies the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, housed in the old Buhl Planetarium building. Kids of all ages will find something interesting to discover and explore. The museum contains 3 floors and features several hands-on exhibits, as well as educational programs and special events. If you have young kids and are looking for things to do in the area, this attraction is highly recommended.

Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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If you are looking for a different kind of museum, be sure to check out the Mattress Factory Art Museum in the historic “Mexican War Streets” section of the North Side. The museum’s exhibits are unique in that they are room sized, allowing visitors to really “get into” them. Special programs are featured throughout the year.

Fort Pitt Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

601 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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The Fort Pitt Museum is located on the site of the English Fort Pitt, at Point State Park adjacent to I-279. The 12,000 sf museum features artifacts and life sized exhibits, providing visitors an overview of the role of western Pennsylvania in the French & Indian War and American Revolution. Discover the history and importance of “the Forks of the Ohio”!