Artistry. Industry. Innovation.

Rivers of Steel showcases the artistry and innovation of southwestern Pennsylvania’s industrial and cultural heritage by fostering dynamic initiatives and transformative experiences.

Experience Rivers of Steel

Alloy Pittsburgh 2021

Experience Alloy Pittsburgh, an installation art exhibition that reimagines the future of the Carrie Blast Furnaces.
August 28 – September 26, 2021

Things to Do

Tours, workshops, special events—there is always something fresh to do with Rivers of Steel!

Connect with Pittsburgh’s steel industry heritage on this guided tour of this National Historic Landmark!

Step back in time to the early 1900s and discover the artistry of handcrafted manufacturing!

Once known as the “Hardest Working River in the World,” the Monongahela River was responsible for much of Pittsburgh’s early commercial and industrial success—join us to learn its story!

Experience a drive-in like no other! With the Carrie Blast Furnaces as your backdrop and a lineup of can’t-miss features, the stage is set for summer fun!

Carve and cast your own aluminum decorative bowl! Sign up for the Doodle Bowl Experience.

Learn to create your own graffiti-style masterpiece at the Carrie Blast Furnaces! This workshop and tour introduces participants to graffiti-style mural painting, style-writing techniques, and painting with aerosol.

Rivers of Steel is now accepting applications for its Mini-Grant program, which assists heritage-related sites and organizations, as well as municipalities within the borders of the River of Steel National Heritage Area. The Mini-Grants may be used to develop new and innovative programs, partnerships, exhibits, tours, and other initiatives. Get application.


Visit, learn, and experience all five of the Rivers of Steel attractions that showcase the artistry and innovation of our region’s rich heritage.

Docked on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, an excursion on Explorer offers unparalleled opportunities to experience the beauty and history of Pittsburgh from its majestic rivers.

Site of the 1892 Battle of Homestead and a key part of the U.S. Steel Homestead Steel Works

This time capsule of America’s industrial heritage embodies the “can-do” spirit of early 20th-century craftsmen.

A vestige of Pittsburgh’s 20th-century domination of the steel industry

The Bost Building serves as the Visitors’ Center for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and offers exhibits on the region’s industrial and cultural heritage.

A group in hard hat walk through the ore yard in front of the Carrie Blast Furnaces.

Rivers of Steel Receives a Save America’s Treasures Grant

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Rivers of Steel Receives a Save America’s Treasures Grant from the National Park Service Grant funds critical restoration of the Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark   Homestead, PA (September…

Catch Up with Rivers of Steel

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Heritage Highlights: Greensboro Pennsylvania Art Cooperative

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Entrance to the Greensboro Pennsylvania Art Cooperative's ceramic studio. Heritage Highlights Rivers of Steel’s Heritage Arts program strives to represent the region’s diverse cultural heritage, from ethnic customs and occupational…