Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

Holiday Closures

Our offices and exhibits will be closed on the following days:  

  • Thursday - Friday, November 26 - 27 
  • Wednesday - Friday, December 23 - 25 
  • Wednesday - Friday, December 30 - January 1

Thank You for a Successful Tour Season!

Guided tours will resume in May. The Carrie Furnaces are CLOSED for the season, however, groups of 10 or more interested in setting up a private tour or photographic opportunity can contact sdrane@riversofsteel.com for availability.    

New Exhibit Hours at the Bost Building

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - 10 AM to 2 PM (closed on holidays); other times by appointment

Pump House Parking Lot Closure

The parking lot and restrooms at the Pump House will close for the season on Monday, November 2 while we work on some major improvements in the area.   

Shop AmazonSmile and Support Rivers of Steel

Shopping on AmazonSmile is an easy way to support Rivers of Steel! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Rivers of Steel every time you shop on AmazonSmile.

Steel Footprints

This virtual exhibit shows the intense concentration of both large and small mills that once dominated the landscape of southwestern Pennsylvania.  Click here to explore the exhibit.

The Carrie Deer Project

Explore the creation of this salvage art sculpture.

Tell us your story

We want to hear from you! Share your memories of working in southwestern Pennsylvania’s industries or tell us about life in the region’s industrial communities. Your stories help to preserve the past for future generations.  Click here to read the stories that others have shared.

Search the archives

ArchivesOur collections consist of artifacts, documents, photographs and audio-visual materials that show many aspects of southwestern Pennsylvania's industrial, cultural, and ethnic traditions.

Homestead Labyrinth

Homestead LabyrinthExperience the Homestead Labyrinth from dawn to dusk at the Waterfront. Curious? Take a sneak peek.




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Explore Southwestern PA

Industry, immigrants, diverse communities, rivers and river valleys, these elements chartered the course for southwestern Pennsylvania’s ascendancy as the steel making capital of the world.

From them flowed an industrial empire that would change the world forever and create the skyscrapers, railroads, and bridges of our modern world. Come visit southwestern Pennsylvania to discover the unique character and distinctive traditions in the birth place of the Age of Big Steel.

Upcoming Events

Like a Body Without Skin

December 4 at 6:30 PM

Exbition by Fiona Amundsen

Our Rivers: Yesterday and Today - The Allegheny River

December 9 at 5:00 PM; Doors open at 4:00 PM

Documentary screening at The Oaks Theater

Bringing Steel Back to Lawrenceville

December 11 at 6:00 PM opening reception, exhibit open December 2 through January 28

An exhibition of Steel Mill Artwork by Keith Clouse

Handmade in Braddock

December 12 at 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Holiday Pop-Up Shop

160-Inch Mill

The Homestead Works 160-Inch Mill was one of the largest plate mills in the U.S.

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Workers Wall

Name Location
Joseph Berry Firth Sterling,McKeesport
Frank Lesko Duquesne works
Joe Balls Homestead Works
Robert Bell J&L/LTV Steel--Aliquippa Works