The Carnegie Museum was one of my favorite places to visit when growing up in the Pittsburgh area. In fact, it still is! If you only have time to visit one attraction in the city--see the Carnegie Museum. It has a world renown dinosaur collection which includes some of the most complete skeletons ever found. Be sure to look for the Tyrannosaurus Rex--a fierce fellow!
Here's some examples of what you might see: The Ice Age exhibit where you'll see both a Mastadon and Mammoth. A lifesize igloo the kids can walk through at Polar World including a collection of Eskimo artifacts. A funerary boat that is approximately 3,500 years old in the Egyptian exhibit--a rare find! Plus countless objects from this ancient culture and a royal mummy to fascinate and educate. The display is riveting and a little eerie!
Visit Bird Hall to see a specimen of the extinct dodo bird or stop by the Hall of African Wildlife for a glimpse of what many consider the best preserved animals in the world. A headdress purported to have been worn by Sitting Bull sits in The Hall of American Indians, along with hundreds of objects related to that culture.
The museum is opened Tues.-Sat. from 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 12 Noon-5 pm. It is closed on Mondays. Admission is $10 for adults; $7 for seniors; $6 for children age 3-18; free for children under 3. A wonderful museum store, filled with fun and unique gifts for children or adults is located on the entrance level.
UPDATE: Carnegie's new Dinosaur Hall is wonderful!! Stop by to see it.
Truly a world-class museum, both the art and natural history exhibits are excellent. Art exhibits feature works by famous artists, such as Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, Signac, Cassatt and others. There is art from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, as well. The modern art exhibits are always interesting, especially when they are hosting the International Art Exhibit.
The Natural History Museum features the impressive Hall of Gems and Minerals, with beautiful displays of exotic and rare gems, and its world-reknowned dinosaur collection. Many of Pittsburgh's dinosaur skeletons are holotypes, which are the bones used in studies to give us our current information about the species and how it once lived. The tyrannosaurus rex is the most complete in the world, but there are other very rare fossils here! The exhibits are accompanied by interactive displays that tell you what parts of each display are real, which I think is a great feature!
The upper floors featuring the cultural exhibits on Egypt, the Eskimo/Inuit, and Native Americans are also very well-done and informative exhibits.
Give yourself plenty of time to explore all the exhibits; it is well worth the time! Entrance is $13 for adults.
This is a great museum for anyone interested in the natural sciences. It has three main areas of interest, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences and Anthropology. The museum offers many different types of tours including tours geared to families and the needs and interests of children.
Admission is as follows:
Free for Members & Children under 3,
$10 for Adults,
$7 for Seniors,
$6 for Children 3-18 and Full-time Students with valid ID
Hours are during the following days and times:
Tuesday through Saturday 10 - 5
Sunday 12 - 5
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is Pittsburgh's largest museum. The museum's highlight is its collection of dinosaur skeletons, one of the finest dinosaur collections in the world, which feautures a rare tyrannosaurus rex. Within the dinosaur section, there is a fun area for small children, where they can dig for fossils.
The Carnegie museum also has a very good collection of minerals, gems, and crystals. In addition, there are numerous other collections and exhibits to explore, including a bird collection, and exhibits about American Indian and Inuit (eskimo) cultures.
Unfortunately, the dinosaur and mineral sections of the museum are currently being renovated and upgraded, so only a portion of those collections is on exhibit during the first half of 2007. However, the work should be done by year-end.
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is adjacent to and connected to the Carnegie Museum of Art. Admission to both museums is $10 for adults and $6 for children.
Situated on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University, this museum is co-located with the Carnegie Museum of Natrual History, one admission is charged for both. The museum has a good mix of cultural, classic and modern art.
This wonderful museum offers a fantastic collection of contempary art which includes works in video and film. Other collections include pieces of American art from the late nineteenth century, French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, and European and American decorative arts from the late seventeenth century to the present. One of the man areas of the museum is The Heinz Architectural Center. This section of the museum opened in 1993, and is dedicated to the collection, study, and exhibition of architectural drawings and models. Another section, the Hall of Architecture contains the largest collection of plaster casts of architectural masterpieces in America and is one of the three largest in the world. The marble Hall of Sculpture was designed to replicate the interior of the Parthenon.
The museum is open on the following days and during the following hours:
Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and legal holidays
Open Mondays from July 10-August 28
Admission is as follows:
If you visit a lot of museums, you may be better off purchasing a membership since it covers all the Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh plus over 260 others throughout the US.
Andrew Carnegie lavished his vast wealth on philanthropy of all kinds--especially here in Pittsburgh. Thanks to him, this city has more than its share of excellent museums.
One of the best is the Museum of Natural History. It has some fascinating exhibits covering the dinosaurs, other ancient life, the Earth's various ecosystems, minerals, and exotic cultures. This is one of the best of its kind--it even rivals the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Not to be missed.
Sharing the same building as the Museum of Natural History is an outstanding art museum. With a fine collection of ancient, classic, and modern art, there is something here for every taste. Like the Museum of Natural History, it was created by one of Andrew Carnegie's endowments. To visit both museums gives one a sense of how culturally rich Pittsburgh is.
This is a great 2 for 1 deal- for one reasonable entry fee you get into both museums (in adjoining buildings)
The Natural History museum is pretty nice- Andrew Carnegie sponsored a number of digs that got them lots of dinosaurs. Also, the gem collection is pretty sweet.
The Art museum is lacking in my opinion, but to be honest I don't know much about art, so maybe I just don't recognize the artists and pieces.
This museum contains different kind of things: Geology, Dinosaurs, Earth, Minerals and Gems, Fossil Mammals/Bonehunters Quarry, Earth Theater, Wild Blue Planet, North American Wildlife, African Wildlife, Botany, Special Exhibits Gallery, Birds, Egypt, Polar World and American Indians.
The opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12noon - 5pm and on Monday they are closed (closed on major holidays; open Mondays 10am - 5pm after July 4th until the Monday before Labor Day, Presidents Day and the Monday after Christmas).
The admission is next: adults $8,00; seniors $5,00; children (3-18) $5,00 and students (with ID) $5,00.
Whales, Dinosaurs, Stuffed Elephants and Tigers.
Those are the things that the kids remembered about Carnegie Museum.
They did not appreciate the fine arts collections nor the ancient pottery nor the sculpture nor the tapestries. not even the butterfly and rock collections.
just the Whales, Dinosaurs, Stuffed Elephants and Tigers.
where did i go wrong?!?
The musuem is a little disjointed right now due to the re-modeling effort on its main hall dinosaur exhibit but still has many interesting displays. Its a little all over the map without clear rhyme or reason but a good place to spend a few hours anyway.
The Carnegie Museum of Art is one of Pittsburgh's two major art museums (the Andy Warhol museum is the other). The Carnegie museum features a wide range of paintings and sculptures, ranging from medieval to modern, including paintings by VanGogh and Degas. The museum is located in the same complex as the Carnegie Mueeum of Natural History, and a single ticket ($10 for adults, $6 for children) gives you admission to both museums.
I will never learn!
Sorry, but there's nothing to do!
I will never get acquainted with American scale.
Having a day in Pittsburgh to visit a school, I used my Portuguese sense of time, size and distance, and optimistically planned a visit to the library... the museum... "I would try to use time as accurately as possible".
I had the exact time needed to see the facades and front gardens.
I don't give up: One day, I will learn to plan my day in America, I only don't know when!
This first class institution is a must! It is closed Mondays. Location is east of downtown in the college area.