Carnegie Museum of Natural History Pittsburgh
Where is it at?
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Avenue
Where are we going today?
Museums of Natural History are always fascinating because you can delve deep into the history of the world, and all that call it home (including those dinosaurs that we know you love!)
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is no different (except for the fact that it's ranked in the top five natural history museums in the entire USA!). If you do love dinosaurs, then you might be excited to know that this particular museum actually has the FIRST T-Rex ever discovered! Can you imagine being that archaeologist that first came across those teeth - eeek!
There are over 20 galleries within the museum - some permanent, and some rotating - so there is always something new to see on your future visits!
There aer a host of topics that the permanent exhibition covers, and each one just as fascinating as the last! Dinosaurs In Their Time actually is the first exhibit in the entire world to create scientifically accurate environments so you can see what the planet really looked like during the Mesozoic Era.
For that bit of sparkle head on over to the Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems where there are over 1,300 of these colorful and impressive pieces to admire. The Benedum Hall of Geology gives kids an insight into the ever changing nature of our planet. There are fossils, exhibits on shaping the earth, and even local Pittsburgh geology.
Wildlife isn't forgotten at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History! There are exhibits on those impressive African wildlife species, as well as those creatures from right under your feet in North America. Kids will love Discovery Basecamp too, where they can use their observation skills, look closely at natural objects and check out some natural objects.
For those still thinking about those very cool fossils, you can have a go at being part of a fossil dig yourself!
With day camps, overnight programs, and FREE family-fun activities, why wouldn't you spend a day here!
How much does it cost?
- Children$11.95 (aged 3 to 18)
- Free Under: 3 years
When can we go?
10am - 5pm Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat / 10am - 8pm Thursday and Noon to 5pm Sunday.
Closed Tuesdays and some holidays.
Their world-class research and unique scientific collection are waiting for you group’s class, tour, or gallery experience! They have innovative, science-based programs encourage independent exploration and hands-on discoveries about natural history. Why wouldn't you visit! .
There are two cafes where you can grab some lunch, snacks and drinks. Carnegie Café is self-service dining, and Fossil Fuels is family friendly with soups, sandwiches and those kids favorites like chicken nuggets .
They sell salads at fossil fuels. Or you can bring your own lunch and enjoy it outside!.
Any Top Tips?
Make sure you allow a few hours to really see everything - there is a lot to take in! .
Doing our bit
Their displays are perfect for kids to really use their imagination as to the history of our planet..
Need a little extra help?
Wheelchairs are available, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. All areas of the building may be accessed via ramps and elevators and there are handicap bathrooms .
Baby changing table are in most restrooms, and a family restroom are available for use. There are also strollers available .
Can I get one of those?
They have two stores carry a variety of educational toys and games, books, and unique gift items - get that pocket money ready! .
What people are saying?
by Ralph Redpath
A wonderful experience. The presentations were uncluttered, the commentary on the works informative, the collection delightfully eclectic in its scope. It was a most delightful afternoon.
by Brandon P
After reading the reviews about these museums and how kid friendly they were I was really excited to take my 5/11 year old kids here. But, after buying the tickets and getting into the museum the reviews were almost completely wrong. Yes there are some areas that are kids friendly but they are few and far in between and the areas that are kid friendly and the rest of the museum is that, just a museum of looking. For adults it was learning and they have decent variety but for kids I would skip coming here or come here for one of their summer camps....Read More
by John Jacklitsch
Art museum was okay, natural history museum very good. Extensive minerals / gems and dinosaur sections.
by Miguel Pelino
A must see in pittsburgh!
by Mike Palumbo
by Brandon P
After reading the reviews about these museums and how kid friendly they were I was really excited to take my 5/11 year old kids here. But, after buying the tickets and getting into the museum the reviews were almost completely wrong. Yes there are some areas that are kids friendly but they are few and far in between and the areas that are kid friendly and the rest of the museum is that, just a museum of looking. For adults it was learning and they have decent variety but for kids I would skip coming here or come here for one of their summer camps.