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Fort Pitt Museum closed temporarily for updates


The Fort Pitt Museum, part of the Senator John Heinz History Center museum system, has temporarily closed for exhibition maintenance and updating. The museum will reopen to the public on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Upgrades will include a revamp of the museum’s long-term Building Fort Pitt exhibition, installation of an 18th century French trade musket, and cleaning of the museum’s iconic diorama of the Point during the mid-1700s.

The Fort Pitt Museum staff is also busy making preparations for a robust schedule of activities in 2016, including living history programs, school outreach, scout workshops, and an expanding lecture series.

One of the most affordable family-friendly cultural experiences in the region, the Fort Pitt Museum attracted more than 50,000 visitors in 2015. Last summer, the museum hosted weekly living history events which featured live musket demonstrations, colonial re-enactors, and special firings of the museum’s 18th century British six-pounder replica cannon.

The Fort Pitt Museum’s popular exhibition, Captured by Indians: Warfare & Assimilation on the 18th Century Frontier, will be on display through May 22. Using documentary evidence gleaned from 18th and early 19th century primary sources, dozens of rare artifacts, and a series of life-like figures, the thought-provoking Captured by Indians exhibit examines the practice of Indian captivity from its prehistoric roots to its impact on modern American Indians and other ethnicities. Highlights of the exhibit include a rare prisoner cord used to bind captives during raids on frontier settlements and items from captured frontier settlers.

Admission to the museum is just $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $4 for retired and active military, and $3.50 for students with a valid ID and children ages 6-17. Children under 5 and History Center members get in free.


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