Current Exhibit

Bost Building Exhibits 

Hard Hatted Women: Trailblazing in the Labor Unions
A multimedia exhibition featuring influential leaders in the Pittsburgh region's labor movement during the 1970s and 1980s. Now through March 31, 2017.

Carrie Furnaces Through the Lens
This exhibiton focuses on contemporary views of the Carrie Furnaces taken during Photo Safaris and other photo excursions. Photographs are augmented by archival images and artifacts.   

The Restored Rooms

The Bost Building was built in 1892 as a hotel and served as the temporary headquarters for the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers during the Homestead Lockout and Strike. Two rooms in the building have been restored to the way they looked in 1892, with original floorboards and period reproduction wallpaper. One room tells the story of the Homestead Strike; the other contains photographs that chronicle the restoration of the building from dilapidation through its opening as the Rivers of Steel Visitors Center.

restored room in the museumRecently added to the restored rooms is a computer kiosk displaying an exciting documentary on the Battle of Homestead. Using archival footage, photographs and documents, this film allows you to learn about history on the site where it occurred.

The Homestead Room

Homestead Room in the museum

The Homestead Room is a permanent exhibit displaying artifacts and art work specifically related to the Homestead Works. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a 23.5' long model of the Homestead Works that originally stood in the General Office Building of the mill.


Admission - Adults $3
                   Children under 14 - $1
                   Members - FREE

Bost Buiding Exhibit Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 AM to 2 PM;
Saturday: 10 AM to 2 PM, September and October, 2016;
Other times by appointment.  Closed on federal holidays.

Rivers of Steel's exhibits and offices will be closed on the following days:

Monday, January 16, 2017
Monday, Feburary 20, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Monday, September 4, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24, 2017
Monday, December 25, 2017 

National Park Passport Program

Cancellation stamps for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail are available at the visitor center at the Bost Building during exhibit hours. 


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Pump House Exhibits

Located in the Waterfront at 880 E. Waterfront Drive, Munhall, the Pump House was the site of the battle between workers and the Pinkerton Detective agents during the 1892 Homestead Lockout and Strike.  The site has been renovated for use as an interpretive space. The Pump House is also a trailhead for the Great Allegheny Passage.  The parking lot and restrooms are closed for the season.  Facilities will reopen in the spring.



160-inch Mill

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