Visit the Fort Pitt Museum and Heinz History Center for Free
Through Sunday, enjoy free admission at both local institutions, courtesy The Jack Buncher Foundation.
FORT PITT MUSEUM PHOTO BY RACHELLYNN SCHOEN
GET A COMPLIMENTARY LOCAL HISTORY LESSON THIS WEEKEND
The Sen. John Heinz History Center can turn a history nerd into a kid on Christmas morning in a hurry. Walk in the front door, and you’ll find a half-dozen jaw-dropping objects within 20 yards, from a staggeringly large cannon to an antique Racer car from Kennywood. Press on and things get even more fascinating, as you can inspect 160-year-old treasures from the lost steamship Arabia, take a bright-red journey through the history of Heinz ketchup and (of course) bathe in the black-and-gold of the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.
This weekend, you can see all of those exhibits and more on the house, as the Jack Buncher Foundation picks up the tab for Free Admission Days. The on-the-house offer also covers the Fort Pitt Museum at Point State Park, so you can fill in the gaps in your knowledge of Pittsburgh’s deep history. As an added incentive, this weekend also features a party in honor of National Pickle Day, with free Heinz pickle pins for everyone. So really, it’s better than free — you will be paid one pickle pin for coming down. Who could pass up that deal?
(1212 Smallman St., Strip District; Fri-Sun, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; more info here)
Local poet and frequent PM contributor Ann Curran will give a poetry reading, alongside Lynn Emanuel, Saturday at the Carnegie Library in Oakland.
The third annual Hank Jergel Tribute Concert Sunday at Jergel's Rhythm Grille features Joe Grushecky, Donnie Iris, The Jaggerz and many more.