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The Pittsburg Historical Museum, located in the former Pittsburg Post Dispatch building, is in "Old Town Pittsburg", the heart of the redeveloped downtown.

We are a non-profit organization whose mission is to:
• Collect, preserve, exhibit and educate
• Provide bases for research
• Invite public participation in programs
• Represent the community cultural commonwealth
• Promote civic pride and tourism
• Advance knowledge and nourish the human spirit by preserving the past

The museum hosts a collection of artifacts, historical photos, a well organized library of papers, maps and reference books. Of special interest to our visitors are the Sports Hall of Fame Room, Family Room, Military Room, Bridal Room and Theater Room. We have a fully equipped kitchen which makes it ideal for small business meetings. We also have many items for sale including afghans, mugs, books, t-shirts, jackets and sweatshirts.

Visit us and enjoy a bit of history!


General Hours

General Hours

Open to the public: (admission is free)

• Wednesdays: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
• Saturdays: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Special Hours

Special Hours

Available and arranged by our curator.
• Thursday Night Car Shows: (Summer) 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Private tours

• School tours (busses available)
• “Passport tours” for third graders (busses available)

Other Hours

Other Hours

The Board of Directors meets at the museum on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm.
General membership is welcome.


Pittsburg Historical Society & Museum

est. 1961

The founders of the Pittsburg Historical Society could never have envisioned such a grand museum as we have at 515 Railroad Avenue. The group that came together for a common purpose, preserving the history of Pittsburg, had deep roots in this colorful river town and wanted following generations to know about its people and evolution through ranching, mining, fishing, canning, military base, and the large industries which had come here for its location on the river (water and transportation), railroads, and people willing to work from many backgrounds and ethnicities. With no space of their own, they began with exhibits on a temporary basis in various places including the Junta house on Black Diamond Street. This small but hardy group, recognized by the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce on October 18, 1961, was composed of the pioneer Buchanan family, Norma Daly, the O’Hara and Davi families, Marie Harper, the Milton Killoughs, and Theresa Gatto Freed.

Pittsburg Historical Museum circa 1926Needing to find some permanent space, the founders obtained a former Chevron clubhouse which was moved to the edge of City Park near Railroad Avenue where for many years their collection grew to the point of overflow. In the 1990s it was arranged to secure the closed Southern Pacific Railroad Depot. On the eve before ownership transfer the building was completely destroyed by fire. The group, by then 35 years old, began looking for other property. Then President Pat Firpo and then Curator Marti Aiello had their eye on the vacant Pittsburg Post Dispatch building. They worked with the Lesher family and purchased the building in 1997.

Because of its age, built in 1926 for the Coast County Gas & Electric and then merged with Pacific Gas and Electric Company, they were unable to open the new building to the public until it was retrofitted for earthquake stability. Thanks to grants from the City of Pittsburg, local industries, and others and under the supervision of Joseph Barraco, architect and former society president, the building was remodeled and the grand opening was held in 2003.

Today the museum hosts a large collection of artifacts, historical photos, a well organized library of papers, maps and reference books.

Join Us

Become a member of the Pittsburg Historical Society and be a part of history!

Membership Application

You may purchase your membership online by selecting the appropriate membership type below.

 All members of the Pittsburg Historical Society receive a newsletter, announcements of special events, and a discount on items sold at the museum.
Individual & Family Memberships
$30 - $40 per year
Student & Senior Memberships
$15 - $30 per year
Business Memberships
$100 - $500 per year
Supporting & Patron Memberships
$100 - $150 per year
Lifetime Memberships
$300 - $350 per year
Memorials & Donations
Make a Donation to the Pittsburg Historical Society in honor of a loved one. Memorials may be made in the name of a deceased family member or friend. Once a donation is made, the name of your loved one will be placed in our memorial book in our Chapel Room. Living donations can me made in honor of living family members or friends for accomplishments, graduations, anniversaries or other occasions. Acknowledgements are sent to the family or recipients. Please contact the Museum directly, or click the button below to arrange this very special tribute membership.

To inquire about becoming a member, please call (925) 439-7501.

"Family" includes two adults (spouse, partner, significant other) and any children under 18 years of age.

The Pittsburg Historical Society is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax-deductible.


Some of the exhibits on display at the Pittsburg Historical Museum.


The Museum holds many events and fundraisers throughout the year. Check back often for the latest information.


Our 2015 Officers and Committee Members

Historian Emeritus

John Buffo


Denise Cadman Lawrie

1st Vice President

Reggie Lemay

2nd Vice President

Paul Flores


Rena Rountree


Joan Evola

Past President

Joe Lucido


Diana Gunter, Jess Leber, Frank Hurtado


Rosemarie Di Maggio


Vince Ferrante

Building & Maintenance

Nolan Evola


Diane Brookshire


Maria Watkins

Ways & Means

Paul Flores

Pittsburg Historical Society

  • (925) 439-7501
  • P.O. Box 1816
    515 Railroad Avenue
    Pittsburg, CA 94565

  • Free public parking available next door.

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