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Carnegie Museum Of Natural History

Founded in 1895, Carnegie Museum of Natural History is one of the six largest natural history museums in the nation, with more than 20 million specimens, objects, and artifacts. The Museum is the world's third-largest repository of dinosaur fossils and contains the world's greatest collection of publicly displayed dinosaur skeletons.

Permanent Collection

Carnegie Museum of Natural History became known as the “Home of the Dinosaurs


Marshes: The Disappearing Edens
March 3 – June 17, 2007

No place on Earth is as full of living treasures as the marsh—yet so few of us know what these treasures are or of their beauty. The marsh remains unknown, mysterious, and concealing. Now, after three decades of prowling these mysterious places armed with a camera, photographer William Burt reveals the lyric details and shy inhabitants of the marsh.

Backyard Invasion: Selected Botanical Works from the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
through July 1, 2007
R.P. Simmons Gallery Foyer, 3rd Floor

When non-native species are introduced into an ecosystem, they can upset the equilibrium of that system and harm the native plants and animals living there. Backyard Invasion represents a collection of works illustrating plants considered to be invasive threats, and also identifies native plants that are considered alternative choices to the imports that have escaped cultivation. This show has been mounted in response to the great success of the Connecticut invasives exhibit Landscape Under Siege now installed at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Forthcoming exhibitions

June 23, 2007 – January 6, 2008

It’s time to play! For all participants—rich and poor, young and old—a carnival provides the opportunity to leave the everyday world, become someone else, and behave in unusual ways. ¡CARNAVAL! recreates the dazzling sights, sounds, and pageantry of carnaval celebrations around the world today. Visit eight rural and urban locations in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and North America—through the masquerades and performances of the people, you’ll learn about the fascinating history and enchanting cultural traditions of the various regions.


Free for Members & Children under 3, $10 for Adults,
$7 for Seniors, $6 for Children 3-18 and Full-time Students with valid ID

Opening hours

Tuesday through Saturday 10 - 5, Sunday 12 - 5, closed Mondays

Getting there

Carnegie Museum of Natural History is located in Oakland, in the East End of the City of Pittsburgh (Allegheny County). We are within blocks of Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Children's Hospital and Magee Women's Hospital. We are about 15-30 minutes (depending on traffic) from downtown.

Public Transportation
Because of its central location, the museum is easily reached by public transportation. Bus routes 61A, B, and C and 67A, C, E, F, and J stop directly in front of the museum on Forbes Ave., and routes 71B, C, and D stop one block north of the museum at the intersection of Fifth Ave. and South Craig Street.

The museum operates a six-level parking facility for cars and small vans. The lot is located directly behind the museum and can be accessed from the intersection of Forbes Avenue and South Craig Street. Clearance is 6' 8", with upper deck parking for larger vehicles (full-sized vans, campers, etc.). Bus and motorcoach parking is available in the bus lanes adjacent to Phipps Conservatory on Schenley Dr., behind the Carnegie Museums.


Feel free to call ahead for questions or assistance at 412.622.3131.

The museum is accessible for visitors with disabilities. All areas of the building may be accessed via ramps and elevators.

Strollers and wheelchairs are available in the coatroom, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis.

When possible, video presentations are closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.

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News and events

Carnegie Museum of Natural History


Whether you're bringing your family or coming alone, Carnegie Museum of Natural History has plenty of programs to make an already incredible visit even more enjoyable. Experience everything from exhibit tours and expert lectures to digging for fossils in Bonehunters Quarry and having hands-on interactive fun in our Discovery Room.


School and Class Programs
Teachers can bring their classes to Carnegie Museum of Natural History for an exciting learning adventure. Students handle museum artifacts, meet live animals, and explore our world-class exhibits as they learn about the fascinating world around us. Our programs are designed to address current Pennsylvania academic standards.

CMNH's education programs are also available to travel to your school. Students can enjoy programs ranging from classroom presentations to entertaining on-stage productions. Special needs students can explore many natural history and anthropology topics that are available through Museum on the Move. Teachers can borrow exhibit-related materials from the Museum that will enhance their science curriculum and their students' learning experience. A new and exciting addition to our outreach programs is the Distance Learning Program where students and teachers can interact with Museum educators and scientists through videoconferencing.

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For information regarding membership to the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh please see, http://members.carnegiemuseums.org/site/PageServer?pagename=CMNH_Membership&JSer