The Bost Building National Historic Landmark

The Bost Building was at the center of one of American labor history’s most dramatic episodes – the Homestead Lockout and Strike. 

Bost Building

Built in 1892 as a hotel for the rapidly growing worker’s ward of Homestead, the Bost Building was at the center of one of American labor history’s most dramatic episodes – the Homestead Lockout and Strike.  Now a National Historic Landmark, 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.

About the Bost Building

Visitors’ Center for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

Stop by the Bost Building to discover the many ways to explore the region, purchase tickets for tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces or on the Explorer riverboat, or simply browse the museum shop. Attraction guides and suggested itineraries are available.

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Exhibitions & Archives

Rivers of Steel is home to an extensive archival collection related to Big Steel and its associated industries. Collections include art, artifacts, documents, photographs, and audio-visual materials.

In the galleries, guests can explore permanent exhibits on the U.S. Steel Homestead Works, the 1892 Homestead Lockout and Strike, and a chronicle of the restoration of this National Historic Landmark, as well as temporary exhibits that often draw from the resources in the archives.

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Rivers of Steel Headquaters

The Bost Building is also home to the offices for most of Rivers of Steel’s staff. Rivers of Steel works to strengthen the economic and cultural fabric of western Pennsylvania by fostering dynamic initiatives and transformative experiences. Much of this work focuses on managing visitor-centered heritage attractions, but behind the scenes Rivers of Steel works with a diverse network of community partners to support grassroots initiatives and the new regional economy.

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Museum Shop

Highlights of the museum shop include a broad array of books on the region’s history, industries and culture and one-of-a-kind cast iron artworks, as well as souvenirs and Rivers of Steel branded merchandise.

Group Tours

Rivers of Steel offers a variety of ways for groups to experience our attractions – and locations throughout the eight-county National Heritage Area.

See our group tours page for more information on how to incorporate your specific interests and customize your group’s visit.

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Meetings & Events

The Bost Building’s third floor gallery is available for social or cocktail-style
receptions. It is available year round and provides a welcoming space for groups of 100 or less to gather and mingle amidst the art and artifacts of southwestern
Pennsylvania’s industrial past.

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Hours & Admission*

NOTICE: As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, Rivers of Steel is committed to do our part in to help slow the spread of the virus. Therefore, the Bost Building will be closed to the public—including all visitors for meetings—for the indefinite future. Thank you.

The Bost Building is normally open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Weekend and evening hours are by appointment, unless otherwise noted. The Bost Building is closed for all federal holidays.

General Admission


Seniors & Students 


Kids (ages 4 – 17)


Blue Star Discount

Free for active duty military and up to four family members.

Location & Directions

The Bost Building is located at 623 E. Eighth Avenue, Homestead, PA 15120. Free parking for visitors is available in the lot behind the building which is accessed from Heisel Street.

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One of five Rivers of Steel attractions

that showcase the artistry and innovation of our region’s rich heritage.