Roberto Clemente Museum

July 19 & 20
3 – 7 p.m.; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

You probably know that he was a legendary Major League Baseball right fielder who played 18 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 through 1972, was the first Latin American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and was dedicated to charity work during the off-seasons. But did you also know that Roberto Clemente Walker (1934 – 1972), a.k.a. “The Great One,” has a museum right here in Pittsburgh dedicated to his life and legacy?

For the first time, The Roberto Clemente Museum, which is housed in Lawrenceville’s historic renovated Engine House 25, is swinging open its doors to invite the public to explore the unique destination over the weekend.

During the museum’s inaugural Open House, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the world’s largest exhibited Clemente collection for the first time without an appointment. Focusing on Clemente, his teammates, his personal life and his work with humanitarian causes, the museum’s collection includes hundreds of baseball artifacts, works of art, literature, photographs, memorabilia and additional related materials. Featured in the impressive and evocative collection—both in terms of its breadth and presentation—is everything from the last jersey Clemente wore and a hand-glazed vase he made, to the 1971 World Series Home Plate and family photos.

Attendees will also be invited to sample food from local food truck vendors, and peruse one-­of-­a-­kind merchandise for sale, including Clemente featured wines made on site by Engine House 25 Wines.

Museum owner and curator Duane Rieder, who is an acclaimed professional photographer, hopes that the Open House format will raise awareness in the Pittsburgh community and region about the unique local landmark that showcases the life, spirit and achievements of Roberto Clemente.

Admission: $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 18 and under and $10 for students with a valid ID. All proceeds from the Open House will benefit The Clemente Museum.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...