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Smithsonian’s Portraits of Pittsburgh

September 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until January 3, 2021

The Senator John Heinz History Center – the Smithsonian’s home in Pittsburgh – will reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 1, with a powerful new exhibition, Smithsonian’s Portraits of Pittsburgh: Works from the National Portrait Gallery.

Featuring one of the largest loans of artwork ever shared by the Smithsonian’s prestigious National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the exhibition includes original paintings, photographs, sketches, and digital images that showcase more than 100 Americans with Western Pennsylvania connections.

The Smithsonian’s Portraits of Pittsburgh exhibition features striking portraiture depicting musicians, actors, and entertainers such as Lena Horne, Gene Kelly, Martha Graham, and Mary Lou Williams; trailblazing journalists and innovators such as Jane Grey Swisshelm, George Westinghouse, Jonas Salk, and Gertrude Stein; and world-class athletes like Josh Gibson, Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, and Roberto Clemente.

The exhibit complements the National Portrait Gallery artwork with rarely seen paintings and artifacts from the History Center’s collection, including the dagger used in the failed assassination attempt on Henry Clay Frick and a plaid wool suit worn by Pittsburgh native and legendary entertainer Gene Kelly in the iconic film “Singin’ in the Rain” – the artifact’s first time on public display.

Timed tickets and safety restrictions will be in place.


September 17
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Heinz History Center
(412) 454-6000


Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh,PA15222United States
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