"The Fort Pitt Museum" Pennsylvania Things to Do Tip by traveldave

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The focus of the Fort Pitt Museum is the role the fort played during the French and Indian War, the American Revolutionary War, the Whiskey Rebellion, and the founding of Pittsburgh. (See my tip on Fort Pitt for more information about the history of the fort itself).

The indoor-outdoor museum opened in 1969. Outside it features a recreated bastion wall from Fort Pitt, as well as an outline of Fort Duquesne, a French fort that predated Fort Pitt. Inside, the museum's exhibits are displayed in 12,000 square feet (1,115 square meters) of exhibition space on two floors. There are interactive exhibits, as well as life-like historical figures. The museum contains a large collection of artifacts from the 1750s, including American Indian pieces; items from General Edward Braddock's expedition, such as musket balls and rifle locks; General Marquis de Lafayette's 1758 six-pound cannon called "La Embuschade"; and a pewter writing desk inscribed "Fort Pitt Provincial Store, 1761" which belonged to Josiah Davenport, a local fur trader and nephew of Benjamin Franklin. There are also three recreated rooms that detail life inside Fort Pitt as it existed in the 1750s, including a fur trader's cabin, a casemate storage room for munitions, and a British soldiers' barracks.

Directions: The Fort Pitt Museum is located in Point State Park, in downtown Pittsburgh.

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  • Updated Aug 5, 2012
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