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

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!

Hop on board the Explorer riverboat for the Uniquely Pittsburgh Sightseeing Tour—a 90-minute excursion on Pittsburgh’s three rivers!

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.


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.

The Explorer riverboat on the Mon Riveri

Rivers of Steel Launches New Tour on the Explorer Riverboat

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The Explorer riverboat travels on the Monongahela River with Pittsburgh's First Side in the background. Rivers of Steel Launches New Tour on the Explorer Riverboat The Uniquely Pittsburgh Sightseeing Tour…

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Dreyfuss’s Folly: The Origins of Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field

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"Entrance to Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, PA." Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection.By Ron Baraff, Director of Historic Resources and Facilities The Origins of Pittsburgh's Forbes…