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Experience Kits

If you're interested in a free stay-cation for the entire family, look no further than your public library! 

Select libraries around the county (including Robinson), partnered with the Senator John Heinz History Center and its Affiliate Program to offer library card holders access to free admission to unique sites (see available sites below).

Each kit can be checked out for up to one week at a time and grants admission for up to four people. It's 'First come, First served', so stop in to pick one up. 

You are welcome to call beforehand to see if it is available, but unfortunately they cannot be placed on hold.

Currently Available:

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Also included in complimentary admission: 

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Fort Pitt Museum

Meadowcroft Rockshelter &

Historic Village in Avella, PA

The Heinz History Center has been in continuous existence since 1879, which makes it one of Pittsburgh’s oldest cultural organizations. The museum is Pennsylvania’s largest history museum and a proud affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The Heinz History Center also facilitates its own affiliate program, working with over 200 historical organizations in our tri-state area. It is devoted to the history and heritage of Western PA and contains six floors of long-term and changing exhibits with hands-on activities, as well as a multitude of events and programs.


There is something for everyone! The museum system also includes the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, the Detre Library and Archives, and the Museum Conservation Center.

In addition, the Heinz History Center operates the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village in Avella, PA and the Fort Pitt Museum at the Point in Pittsburgh.

Complimentary Admission for up to four people


1212 Smallman Street (Strip District)

Pittsburgh, PA 15222





10 AM to 5 PM         Daily

(Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day)

Merrick Art Gallery

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For more than a century, The Merrick Free Art Gallery Museum and Library has provided residents of Beaver County and the surrounding area the opportunity to enjoy the arts, from both emerging artists as well as the classics. Founded by New Brighton industrialist, Edward Dempster Merrick, The Merrick is home to a collection of French, German, English and American paintings from the 18th and 19th Century, featuring examples of romantic, realistic, and impressionistic art by prominent American and European artists. In addition, a piano played by composer, Stephen Foster, is on display.


Visitors can view the permanent collection, attend special events, or take classes and workshops. In addition, the galleries and courtyard are available to rent for special occasions. Recent community events have included a Garden Party, Picnic, Murder Mystery and Christmas Tea Party.


An affiliate of the Heinz History Center, the Merrick Art Gallery exemplifies its motto by having “a taste for the past and a vision for the future” by sharing its history and connecting to the community.

Complimentary Admission for up to four people


1100 Fifth Avenue

New Brighton, PA 15066





Open Year- Round

10 AM to 4 PM         Tuesday - Thursday

10 AM to 4 PM                Sunday

Closed Friday, Saturday & Monday

Check their website for operating updates, special tours and events!

Old Economy Village

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Old Economy Village strives to preserve and present the life, thought and material culture of the Harmony Society, a 19th century religious community. The Society, led by George Rapp, endeavored to create a utopia, inhabited by German Lutheran separatists. At Economy they waited for the second coming of the Messiah.


The Village was organized and planned for efficiency, with the church and leaders’ houses in the center of town, which were surrounded by a store, post office, Feast Hall, and several businesses. The members’ houses were then built around those buildings. Finally, at the edges of the community were the barns, stables, tannery, blacksmith shop, etc.


The community was economically successful and remained in operation for 100 years, from 1805-1905, by creating, adapting, and adopting the new technologies of their day. They were involved in manufacturing wool, cotton and silk textiles, plus in the production of wine and beer. In addition, they had financial investments in railroads, river travel, coal, oil, and timber.


Visitors of Old Economy Village can tour the Visitor Center, and many of the settlement’s buildings such as the George Rapp House, Carriage House, Mechanics Building, Wine Cellar, Store, Post Office, Baker House, Bake Oven, Community Kitchen, Cabinet Shop, Blacksmith Shop, and Granary. In these buildings, visitors can observe artifacts on display and learn about the daily life of the Harmonists.


A variety of programs, presentations, and special events are offered, such as Hands-On History Days, Easter Egg Hunt, Garden Mart, Wedding Showcase, Summer Camp, Harvest Festival, A Halloween Haunting, and Christmas at the Village. Check their website for the monthly schedule. School tours are also offered for every age of student.


An affiliate of the Heinz History Center, Old Economy gives us a glimpse into this fascinating culture from the past.

Complimentary Admission for up to four people


270 Sixteenth Street,

Ambridge, PA 15003





10 AM to 4 PM          Friday - Sunday


Closed Monday - Thursday

Closed Holidays

Check their website for operating updates, special tours and events!

Somerset Historical Center

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The Somerset Historical Center is a 150-acre rural history museum, which preserves the history of life in southwestern PA through a wide range of exhibits, workshops, and educational programs. It also serves as headquarters for the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County.


At the Visitor Center, stories of the people of southwestern PA can be found through the award-winning exhibit “Patterns of Land,” which features objects of everyday frontier life. The families’ stories are told through the use of diaries, video clips, and recorded interviews.


Also, on the grounds, visitors and school groups can see a 1770’s farmstead with sparse furnishings, a more permanent 1830’s farmstead, an early 19th century covered bridge, a cider press, and a maple sugar camp from 1860.


Workshops are offered on traditional skilled crafts and trades of southwestern PA, such as cottage craft coopering, tinsmithing, decorating Pysanky eggs, blacksmithing, rug hooking, and folk toy making.


Several events take place during the year; the major educational event is Mountain Craft Day, which is annually held on the first weekend after Labor Day. This three-day outdoor festival features 125 craft people, artisans, and entertainers, and it draws over 13,000 visitors each September.


An affiliate of the Heinz History Center, the Somerset Historical Center is a wealth of information, authentic frontier experiences, and fun. Stop by to take a step back in time!

Complimentary Admission for up to four people


10649 Somerset Pike

Somerset, PA 15501





Open Year- Round

10 AM to 4 PM     Wednesday - Saturday

Closed Sunday - Tuesday


Guided tours of outdoor exhibits available April 1 - October 31

Check website for operating updates, special tours and events.

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