Enhancing the Museum for Visitors:
The Clemente Collection at Engine House 25
The Clemente Museum—dedicated to preserving the athletic accomplishments and humanitarian legacy of Roberto Clemente, among the greatest baseball players of his time—is housed in Engine House 25, a renovated and architecturally significant firehouse in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. The Clemente collection includes the majority of Clemente artifacts, works of art, literature, photographs, memorabilia, and related materials, which focus on Clemente himself, as well as his teammates, personal life, and humanitarian causes. Surrounding the Clemente collection are artifacts from more than 20 other sports greats who have connections to Pittsburgh. The facility also houses a winery, wine cellar, and gathering space, all of which are used for private and nonprofit meetings and events. The Clemente Wine Society comprises wine enthusiasts, including retired Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward, retired New York Yankee Derek Jeter, and lead vocalist for Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder, all of whom are dedicated to the Clemente Museum and to advancing the fundraising and philanthropic interests of the museum and other nonprofit organizations.
A $400,000 Foundation grant will support facility renovations and operational improvements to meet ADA compliance guidelines, including expanding and improving restrooms and parking areas and adding a passenger elevator and roof deck. The funding also will support improved electronic security and cabinetry work to display the collection, as well as additional staff and enhanced technology to better accommodate events and visitors