Beloved Pittsburgh Ketchup Gets Own History Exhibit.

By: Amanda Narcisi

October at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA will give Heinz its exhibit with Heinztoberfest. The month-long celebration will include a few events, Heinz-themed public programs, a new book and new merchandise in the museum shop all to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Heinz.

Features for All Ages


Heinztoberfest will bring a few events to the Heinz History Center for October:

21+ Night: Heinz 57

Thursday, Oct. 3 | 6-9 p.m.

Tickets are $15.

“Celebrate all things Heinz with craft cocktails courtesy of Wigle Whiskey, a hot dog bar, and an exploration of one of Pittsburgh’s favorite brands.”


Hop into History: Heinz Classics

Wednesday, Oct. 9 | 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Ages 2-5 and caregivers.

“During the museum’s next Hop into History workshop, children ages 2-5 and their caregivers can make their ketchup inspired by the original Heinz recipe.”


History Explorers: Cooking with Heinz

Wednesday, Oct. 16 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Ages: Kids ages 5-8

History at Play is $8 per person.

“Explore 150 years of Heinz history and create recipes old and new using Heinz products.”


Hometown-Homegrown: Heinz 150

Saturday, Oct. 19 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets: regular museum admission.

“Hometown-Homegrown™ food festival, presented in partnership with GoodTaste! Pittsburgh®. Visitors can sample tasty treats with a Heinz-inspired twist from 40+ local vendors, attend live cooking demos, hear from History Center curator and Heinz expert Emily Ruby, and enjoy family-friendly activities throughout the museum.”

History and Heinz


Also launching in October, “57 Servings from the Heinz Table”, a publication curated by Emily Ruby, curator for the Heinz History Center, will feature over 200 photographs, advertisements and artifacts from the museums' collection.

On the sixth floor of the Heinz History Center, in The Detre Library & Archives, there will be a display of cookbooks and recipes from the collection. Also, digitized copies of “The Pickle,” the Heinz company newsletter to its employees. 

Visit the Museum

Heinz History Center is located at 1212 Smallman Street in the city’s Strip District, and are open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For tickets to the events visit: and for more information on Heinztoberfest visit: