The Steelers Hall of Honor Museum, located at Acrisure Stadium, provides an in-depth history of the franchise, a chronological flow that focuses on key moments.
The Hall of Honor Museum features everything from one-of-a-kind artifacts, exclusive game-worn uniform pieces, the Steelers six Super Bowl rings and replicated offices of founder Art Rooney Sr. and chairman Daniel M. Rooney.
The highlight, however, is the Hall of Honor, where the 49 members bronze footballs are on display, along with their images and touch screen kiosks to learn more about them, including their bios, photos and videos of the inductees.
Over the next few weeks, we are highlighting some of the items in the museum, just a few of the things Steelers fans can enjoy while taking a historical tour of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Everything about Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis was life size during his career with the Steelers, so it makes sense that Bettis is one of the players featured in the Hall of Honor Museum with a life size mannequin.
Bettis, a favorite among his teammates and Steelers fans, began his career with the Los Angeles Rams in 1993 but had his best days once he was traded to the Steelers on draft day in 1996. Bettis rushed for 10,571 yards with the Steelers and amassed 13,662 career yards.
"Being featured in the museum is special," said Bettis, a member of the inaugural Hall of Honor Class of 2017. "For me it shows the appreciation for what I was able to do. I am grateful because it keeps me in people's memories and thoughts and reminds people of what I was able to accomplish for a great organization. It's a great to have those items in there. I am very humbled by it.
"It's keeps you in the mindset of the fans in terms of the things I have been able to accomplish. It's right there in front of you in that life size display."
Bettis was affectionately known as 'The Bus' during his playing career, and it comes as no surprise among the other items highlighting his career is a mini black and gold bus.
"You see your shoes, the bus, the uniform on the mannequin, all the stuff reminds you of when you were putting it on, getting ready for the games. Just being in that moment again. It's fun to see that stuff."
Bettis said the Steelers having the museum is special for the fans who get to come and enjoy it, but also the players throughout the years, some who aren't even in the Hall of Honor themselves yet.
"I think it's so great the Steelers have the museum," said Bettis. "It shares the history of the organization, but also outlines and talks about some of the players that made the organization great. Unfortunately, if you aren't in the Pro Football Hall of Fame then you may not get the accolades you deserve. There are a ton of players that maybe weren't Hall of Famers, but they were great Steelers. They get an opportunity to be recognized. That is so important for so many guys who put everything on the line for the organization. For them to be recognized in there is such a special part of all of this."
The best thing in Bettis' mind is the fact that all of the Hall of Honor footballs and details of the 49 members are together in one room, where the best of the best in the Steelers organization are together as one.
"It's all one big family," said Bettis. "We are all together. We are one group. That is the way we are all supposed to be. I think it's great to have it all in the same room."
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The Steelers Hall of Honor Museum is located above the Steelers Pro Shop at Acrisure Stadium and accessible via the Gate B suite entry. Fans can visit the Steelers Hall of Honor Museum year-round, Thursday-Monday, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The museum is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday (except when there is a Pittsburgh Pirates home game), and dates and hours are subject to change without notice. It is also closed when the University of Pittsburgh plays at home at home.
The tour fee is as follows: adults - $18, seniors (62+)/military - $15, children (ages 6-17) - $12, and children ages 5 & under - free. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Art Rooney Scholarship Fund.
See photos from the Steelers Hall of Honor Museum Ribbon Cutting Ceremony