Fort Pitt Museum to close for updating

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Today is the last day for visitors to see exhibits at the Fort Pitt Museum until Feb. 1.

The museum, in Point State Park, will close Friday through Jan. 31 for maintenance and exhibition updating.

Planned upgrades include installation of new interactive activities for children, enhancements to a recently added artillery display on the museum’s first floor and updates to educational areas visited by school groups.

The museum is part of part of the Senator John Heinz History Center system.

Director Alan Gutchess said the museum drew nearly 40,000 visitors in 2013. That number is a 52 percent year-to-year attendance increase and the highest total since the Heinz History Center took over management of the museum in 2010.

Museum officials credited the attendance boost to the reopening of the fountain at Point State Park, a series of living history programs and exhibits throughout the year, as well as the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s “Rubber Duck Project.”

The current exhibit at the Fort Pitt Museum is called “Unconquered: History Meets Hollywood at Fort Pitt.” It looks at the story behind the Native American siege of Pittsburgh in 1763 and the 1947 Cecil B. DeMille movie that focuses on the event. “Unconquered” continues through Aug. 3.

The museum is located in a recreated bastion of the British fort. Its exhibits concentrate on the roles that Western Pennsylvania played during the French & Indian War, the founding of Pittsburgh, the American Revolution and the Whiskey Rebellion.

The History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, operates the Fort Pitt Museum in partnership with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.


Len Barcousky: lbarcousky@post-gazette.com or 724-772-0184.

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