PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Heinz History Center needed some more space for displays and they found it in the stairwells.

The museum is the first in the world to use those steps for displays and it’s helping to improve the health of visitors.

“We are running out of space, and we thought if we can move the exhibits into the stairs , maybe people would take the stairs and learn history and get fit at the same time,” Andy Masich from the Heinz History Center said.

Almost 100 kids and a Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback help the Heinz History Center get healthy through a smart step program.

“I think it’s the competitive nature falling out of everybody. I think that’s something you could see in the kids. They didn’t want to be last. They were racing to the top to be first and you could hear them at the top saying ‘What place did you come in? I came in first, I came in third. Let’s do it again,’” Charlie Batch said.

All you do is follow the red line and along the way you see the No. 40 for the 1940 Jeep, 46 for the water level in the historic flooding and the number 57 for Heinz.

The idea is to learn history through numbers and get fit at the same time

The history center has six floors and 123 steps connect them.

“We encourage everyone at the History Center and all the venues that we have throughout the Pittsburgh region and walk and it will be exciting to make elevators history for those of us who can walk the steps,” UPMC Vice President Scott Lammie said.


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