Tell me a little bit about your venue!
The Senator John Heinz History Center, the “Smithsonian’s home in Pittsburgh,” is the ideal place to create your own history.
Located in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District, we offer a non-traditional atmosphere in which couples can say their vows and celebrate their reception. Our unique venue offers a central location, exciting exhibitions, professional staff committed to exceptional customer service, and extraordinary food and beverage service provided by Common Plea Catering.
Whether you’re looking to elope or pull out all the stops for your dream wedding, we’re here for you at every stage. From engagement parties and bridal showers to rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, and receptions, the History Center has just what you need to make history. Our services include event coordination, set up, clean up, getting ready rooms, lighting/sound, WiFi, and more. Plus, three nearby hotels (each just a block away!) offer convenient lodging for your out-of-town guests.
What makes your space unique?
As Pennsylvania’s largest history museum and the region’s oldest cultural institution, the Heinz History Center is dedicated to making your wedding truly historic.
The History Center features seven floors of unique spaces to accommodate weddings of every size and style, including our Great Hall, which features vintage vehicles, a grand staircase, and vaulted brick ceilings; our fifth-floor Mueller Center, a traditional ballroom featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor deck with stunning city views; and our Library & Archives Reading Room, which offers an elegant and intimate ceremony space on the museum’s sixth floor.
In addition, your guests can explore the Smithsonian-affiliated History Center’s six floors of engaging exhibitions, where they can discover the history of Heinz, see original sets from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” learn about Pittsburgh’s long tradition of innovation, and get in the game in the two-floor Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.
What is your ideal client like?
Whether you’re a history buff, a lover of all things Pittsburgh, or just looking for a non-traditional atmosphere in which to say “I do,” we’ll work with you to create a truly unique and unforgettable occasion.