$15 for a Visit for Two (Up to $30 Value)
The Tet Offensive. Electric Ladyland. The assassinations of MLK and RFK. As part of the visiting 1968: The Year That Rocked America, authentic exhibits and artifacts retell the tale of one of the most pivotal 365-day stretches of the 20th century. Listen to the stirring words of Dr. Martin Luther King's final speech, design a psychedelic album cover, or inspect more than 100 historical items including a 20-foot Bell UH-1H "Huey" helicopter that flew missions in Vietnam and real Apollo 8 mission artifacts. The exhibit also examines local events that made a national impact, with a nod to the locally filmed movie, Night of the Living Dead and the original sets and puppets from Pittsburgh's Mister Roger's Neighborhood.
1968: The Year That Rocked America runs until Sunday, May 12. In addition to this look back to the days of the '60s, The History Center is also home to six floors of exhibitions related to Western Pennsylvania history. All admission rates include access to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum as well as the Detre Library & Archives.
Senator John Heinz History Center
Rising six floors above the historic Strip District, the Senator John Heinz History Center's handsome, redbrick exterior houses 275,000 square feet of exhibits and materials devoted to Western Pennsylvania. Long-term exhibits include From Slavery to Freedom, which traces the quest for equality from the antislavery movement to the modern struggles for Civil Rights, using indenture, manumission, and freedom papers from the Allegheny County recorder of deeds as starting points. Pittsburgh: A History of Innovation highlights the land's original inhabitants, the journey of Lewis and Clark, and the modern superhighways, whereas the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum delves into the history and lore of local athletics, from the Steelers’ Immaculate Reception to Bill Mazeroski's title-clinching home run in game seven of the 1960 World Series. The museum also hosts nationally renowned traveling exhibits; its current offering is 1968: The Year That Rocked America which explores this decade-defining year using evocative objects, multimedia displays, and more than 100 artifacts related to 1968’s seminal moments.