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!

The health and safety of visitors and staff is the Carnegie Museums’ top priority. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh have established enhanced health policies in accordance with the Center for Disease Control, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Allegheny Health Department to ensure all guests have a safe and enjoyable visit.

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 

Carnegie Museums are open and ready to welcome you back! For the safety and comfort of visitors, museum capacity is currently limited. All 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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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

NEW: 58th Carnegie International
The 58th Carnegie International, the longest-running North American exhibition of international art, returns to the Carnegie Museum of Art this fall from Sept. 24, 2022 – April 2, 2023. Organized every three to four years, this year’s International, titled Is it morning for you yet?, is curated by Sohrab Mohebbi and aims to present an overview of how art and artists respond to the critical questions of our time. 

Visitors will be able to enjoy historical works from the collections of international institutions, estates and artists alongside new commissions and recent works by contemporary artists.

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. The museum also is excited for the world premiere of Dinosaur Armor, on display now through 2021. This new exhibition features specimens, casts and artistic representations of prehistoric animals, and introduces visitors to the evolutionary development of body armor ranging over 500 million years of evolution. And, don’t forget to snap a selfie with the beloved Pittsburgh icon Dippy the Dinosaur on your next visit! 

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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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