Living History at Fort Pitt Museum

Experience the sights and sounds of an 18th century frontier fort during Living History events at the Fort Pitt Museum. Watch soldiers of the Royal American Regiment as they demonstrate the proper way to fire a musket; smell the smoke of an 18th century campfire; and hear the sounds of axes and pitsaws as they turn trees into lumber.

This year, visitors will also be able to hear the musical sounds of an 18th century army as the museum’s new fife and drum corps fills the air with martial tunes. On designated weekends throughout the year, visitors of all ages can experience the roar of our recreated British Light six-pounder cannon and the echo of the blast as it rumbles down the valley. See all this and more at the Fort Pitt Museum, where 18th century Pittsburgh comes to life.

Visit the Fort Pitt Museum for Living History events every Saturday during the summer from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. You will experience:

  • First Saturdays: Fife and Drum Performances – Experience 18th century military music and how it affected military life at Fort Pitt.
  • Second Saturdays: Artillery Demonstrations – See what artillerists did at Fort Pitt other than firing a cannon. Learn how artillery affected 18th century warfare and Fort Pitt. 
  • Third Saturdays: Cooking Demonstrations – Join Fort Pitt Museum staff and volunteers as they prepare 18th century foods and learn what early Pittsburghers ate.
  • Fourth Saturdays: Trades Demonstrations – Learn how buckskins and powder horns shaped the 18th century frontier. Visit the 18th century reproduction traveling forge. Watch carpentry demonstrations and learn about the tools and labor required for building structures.
Fort Pitt Museum 601 Commonwealth Pl Pittsburgh, PA 15222