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‘A Very Merry Pittsburgh’

November 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Through Jan. 5, visitors to the Smithsonian-affiliated Senator John Heinz History Center can relive cherished holiday memories and make new ones inside the A Very Merry Pittsburgh holiday exhibition.

The festive exhibit will explore how Western Pennsylvanians have celebrated Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and other major winter holidays through the years. A collection of family keepsakes, artifacts, film, and imagery will depict holiday traditions in the region.

Nostalgic artifacts from Pittsburgh’s most popular department stores will be on view, including Santa’s original chair from Kaufmann’s Santaland and the mailbox where thousands of children mailed their Christmas lists to the North Pole.

In addition, a special section will explore the history of gift-giving in Western Pennsylvania through a display of vintage toys dating back to the 1840s and an interactive play area for kids and kids-at-heart.

Visit Santa at the History Center this Holiday Season

No visit to Santaland is complete without a visit from old Saint Nick! The one-and-only Santa Claus will be inside the History Center’s A Very Merry Pittsburgh exhibit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on select dates this holiday season:

  • Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17
  • Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, 24
  • Friday, Nov. 29
  • Sunday, Dec. 1
  • Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8
  • Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15
  • Saturday, Dec. 21 through Tuesday, Dec. 24

Santa visits are included with regular museum admission.



November 16, 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Heinz History Center
(412) 454-6000
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Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States
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