Hours of Operation
Sunday & Monday: CLOSED Tuesday - Friday: 10 - 4 Saturday: 9 - 3
Our museum exhibits and extensive collection are created from the generosity of the community that has donated every artifact, photograph and document on display. Without the generosity of the community, our exhibits and collections wouldn't exist. If you have items (artifacts, photographs, documents) related to McKeesport and surrounding communities you would like to donate, please contact the museum and we will examine them.
Since 2019, the staff has worked tirelessly to renovate our exhibits and present a new story of our town and community, where we focus on individual stories in the grand story of McKeesport and the Mon Valley. For example, in our newly renovated "Veteran of the Mon Valley" exhibit, we focus not just on the larger conflict of the Vietnam War, but some individual stories of the McKeesport 23 and other veterans of America's Wars. In our new sports exhibit, we focus not just on football, baseball and basketball in the Mon Valley, but the effect athletes such as Swin Cash, Rick Krivda and Bette Ford had on a national, and international, level. Our "Presidents in McKeesport" exhibit focuses on the likes of George Washing, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy's ties to our town and the ties of all our Presidents to the region. Finally, our latest renovation recreates McKeesport's famed shopping district, focusing on stores such as G.C. Murphy's, Cox's, Hirshbergs and Balsamo's. More changes are coming in 2020 so be sure to stop in.
Our museum is also home to the original schoolhouse of McKeesport, which opened in the first ward in 1832. The building is preserved within our building and is available for our guests to walk around in. Our Industry Room focuses on the backbone of McKeesport's height, the Iron and Steel industry. On display in this room are a variety of artifacts from McKeesport's National Tube Works, including a large model that was once on display in its offices.
Interested in learning more about McKeesport or looking to research your family history? The McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center is your one-stop shop for all your genealogical research needs. We have an extensive collection of important vital record data (birth, marriage, death records, along with city directories), and access to the leading genealogy websites such as Ancestry.com, Fold3.com and Newspapers.com. Speaking of newspapers, we are the only institution in the area with every issue of the McKeesport Daily News available to the public. Center Members enjoy complimentary use of these resources.
Accessible parking is available in the surrounding parking lots.
The Center galleries are wheelchair accessible.
Service animals are always welcome.
Accessible restrooms are located both in the main lobby and off of the Boycott Room
Visitors are welcome to nurse anywhere they feel comfortable.
Staff is available to give tours and read our display information to those who may need assistance.
The McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center accessibility coordinator is Teresa Trich. She can be reached via email or at 412.678.1832.