Insider's Guide: Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History

Insider's Guide: Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History

Explore unique art, an incredible dinosaur exhibit and so much more at Pittsburgh’s iconic Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History!

Experience two world-renowned museums in one at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Carnegie Museum of Art is an artistic legacy connecting people to art, ideas and creativity. And Carnegie Museum of Natural History houses one of the world’s best original dinosaur displays, a dazzling hall of minerals and gems and Paleolab, a working paleontlogy lab right out in the open for you to see.

Plan Your Visit 

All Carnegie Museums visitors are strongly encouraged to reserve a timed ticket online in advance of their visit. 

Learn and explore all year long with a museum membership. Offering various membership levels ranging from premium and family memberships to individuals, a Carnegie Museum membership grants you access to all four museums, including Carnegie Science Center and The Andy Warhol Museum. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a member. 

Carnegie Museum of Art 

As arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, Carnegie Museum of Art is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. The museum’s collection features over 34,000 works that emphasize art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. In addition, it houses the archive of more than 70,000 images by Pittsburgh photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris, whose work comprises one of the most detailed and intimate records of Black life in America. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895.

Experience gallery-bound international travel with Gen-X and Millennial architects as your guide at the museum’s latest exhibition, The Fabricated Landscape. Or learn more about Pittsburgh’s long tradition of artisans and industry at Locally Sourced, an exhibition highlighting local makers turning raw and reclaimed materials into functional goods and furnishings. 

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Lyndon Barrois Jr.: Rosette
May 5-Aug. 27, 2023
Pittsburgh-based artist Lyndon Barrois Jr.' exhibition of new works uses the visual language of Hollywood—film stills, posters, sets, and props—to explore the heist genre and explore the biggest questions of authenticity, ownership, art conservation and forgery.

Joan Brown
May 27-Sept. 24, 2023
This exhibition offers a compelling look at the prolific career of an underrecognized, critically important painter who was known for her large-scale, high-key portraits of family, animals and herself.

What brings us here?
June 24, 2023-ongoing
Recognizing that a museum is a place to gather for art, conversations, ideas, and social interactions, this gallery will offer a brand new welcome and orientation to guests using art from 18th-century paintings to film, ceramics and contemporary abstraction.

For the Holidays
The Carnegie Museum of Art gets festive for the holiday season with their Neapolitan Presepio, an elaborate nativity scene recreated with miniature figures in a detailed 18th-century Naples panorama, a centuries-old tradition. In the Hall of Architecture, the annual installation of the Carnegie Trees fills the hall with Fraser fir trees lit to perfection and glistening with festive decorations, lights and snow

Carnegie Museum of Natural History 

Immerse yourself into historic times at the natural history museum. The museum features memorable dinosaur displays enjoyable for all ages. Uncover hidden gems at the dazzling Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems. Explore Native American and Ancient Egyptian cultures at the Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians and the Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt. Learn more about animals in the Halls of North American Wildlife, African Wildlife and Bird Hall.

Fun Fact: Check out the Carnegie Museum of Natural’s TikTok channel for hilarious and informative museum-themed jokes and videos!  

Dinosaur Displays & More 
Featuring one of the world’s largest and finest dinosaur collections, Dinosaurs in Their Time has more than 230 objects including real fossils in dramatic constructions in their environments. And, don’t forget to snap a selfie with the beloved Pittsburgh icon Dippy the Dinosaur on your next visit! 

NEW: Jane's Endangered Animal Experiences
April 16, 2023-Jan. 2, 2024
See what all the buzz is about when you enter the amazing world of the honeybee! Become a bee with an interactive experience as you evade predators or collect pollen, then climb a kid-sized model bee. This exhibit is based on the Apple TV+ series Jane.

From Egypt to Pittsburgh
This fascinating exhibit is as much about the artifacts as it is the journey. As the museum prepared a new ancient Egypt exhibit, follow the history of these fascinating objects from their creation in 1337-1345 BCE to their excavation, transport and eventual display.

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Enjoy a few hours or a full day of learning and exploring at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History – two museums for the price of one! Visit Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History websites for more information and to plan your visit.

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