The Great Ones: Clemente Museum and Engine House 25 Wines

The Clemente Museum celebrates former Pittsburgh Pirates champion Roberto Clemente, one of the greatest baseball players to ever live.

Clemente Museum and Engine House 25 Wines

3339 Penn Avenue
There’s no doubt about it: Pittsburgh is a sports town. People from across the world travel to the city just for a chance to witness one of the city’s professional sports teams in action. Whether at a stadium or in one of the city’s many shot-and-beer sports bars, fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins are typically seen donning black-and-gold attire with a draft beer in hand. But those in the know head to the city’s Lawrenceville neighborhood, where two Pittsburgh institutions, both housed in an old firehouse built in 1897, bring a more elevated fan experience.

An image of the interior of Engine House 25 wine-tasting room.
Engine House 25, housed in an old firehouse built in 1897, brings a more elevated fan experience. Photo courtesy of Engine House 25.

On the top floors of the building, the Clemente Museum celebrates former Pittsburgh Pirates champion Roberto Clemente, one of the greatest baseball players to ever live, with an exciting exhibit of baseball artifacts, including the cleats and home base from the 1971 World Series. And, in the cellar, Engine House 25 Wines delivers some of the city’s finest wines.

Both are the creation of Executive Director Duane Rieder, who renovated the historic landmark to showcase the world’s largest exhibition of memorabilia focusing on Clemente’s career, personal life, and humanitarian causes. MLB players are known to visit the museum throughout the season, and many donate items for the organization’s annual fundraiser auction.

Book a tour of the museum, then visit the tasting room. When the Pirates are in session, the Clemente Museum hosts open houses during every Saturday home game; and, a new monthly tasting series at Engine House 25 Wines on the third Thursday of each month features five wines, a charcuterie board, and an overview of the wine production facility.

Story by Lisa Cunningham

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