5 Reasons to Visit the History Center This Holiday Season

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As family and friends flock to the city this holiday season, there’s only one place to take them for a day of out of this world fun. The Heinz History Center’s interactive exhibitions, engaging programs for all ages, and special holiday treats make it the perfect stop for a uniquely Pittsburgh experience.

Need some convincing? Check out our top five reasons to visit the History Center this season.

5. Visit Santa

The one and only Santa Claus will be in the building on select dates this December! Create new holiday memories with your loved ones as you take a holly, jolly family photo with Santa in an exact replica of his original chair from the Santaland display at Kaufmann’s (and Macy’s) department store. Santa will be in the History Center’s Great Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily from Dec. 8-16. Santa visits are included with regular museum admission. (P.S. Don’t forget your camera!)

4. Meet a Smithsonian Curator

Get the inside scoop from a Smithsonian curator! On Dec. 9, the History Center will host Dr. Michael Neufeld, senior curator of space history at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., for a special presentation on the Destination Moon exhibition. As lead curator for the exhibit, Dr. Neufeld will share insights into his work at the National Air and Space Museum, his research on the Apollo program, and the process of creating Destination Moon.

Ahead of the afternoon’s presentation, a limited number of spots are available for an exclusive Deep Dive Tour of Destination Moon. Dr. Neufeld and History Center curator Emily Ruby will lead a tour of the exhibit, focusing on the Apollo 11 mission and Western Pennsylvania’s many contributions to the space race. Get your tickets today!

3. Bring the Kids

The History Center’s youth and family programming invites kids to have a blast exploring our engaging exhibits. Kids ages 2-5 and their caregivers can hop on a trolley, build an airplane, and explore innovations in train travel during Hop into History: Trains, Planes, and Trolleys on Dec. 12. Kids ages 5-8 can be inspired by the pop art of Pittsburgh native Burton Morris and create their own holiday-themed masterpiece during History Explorers: Art of the Everyday on Dec. 19. Finally, kids ages 8-12 can become space explorers this winter break during History at Play: Moon Mania on Dec. 28.

2. Explore our Exhibits

There’s something for everyone in the History Center’s six floors of interactive exhibits. For pop culture aficionados, visit the Special Collections Gallery to see original set pieces and exclusive artifacts from the beloved children’s television show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” For foodies, ketch-up on 145 years of Heinz innovations in our Heinz exhibit. For die-hard sports fans, check out our two-floor Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum

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