The Bost Building was at the center of one of American labor history’s most dramatic episodes—the Homestead Lockout and Strike.
The Bost Building National Historic Landmark
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.
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 galleries and shop. Attraction guides and suggested itineraries are available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hours & Admission*
The Bost Building is open Wednesday through Friday, with timed admission beginning between 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m through August 31. The exhibition galleries will be closed in September, reopening with a new exhibition of works by Katheen Ferri in early October. While admission is now free through 2021, advance registration is required.
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.