Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Carnegie Museum of Natural History is the place for kids to discover science and the wonders of the natural world. Dig for bones in Bonehunters Quarry, get hands-on with real and replica specimens in Discovery Basecamp, grind corn in a Hopi home, and more. Dinosaurs are just the beginning! Free family-activities, touchables, and Bonehunters Quarry available each weekend and weekdays during the summer.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Rita M
    Chippewa Lake, Ohio32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dinosaurs!
    If you're into dinosaurs, this is the place to go. So many to see and we spoke to a lady paleontologist who gave us some insigts to the exhibits. Also saw the Indigenous peoples displays and spoke to a lady in that area. Went through the Egyptian area as well, even though some of it was closed, and that was very interesting.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 9 June 2023
  • Taraks Travels
    Franklin, Indiana140 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Place To Visit and Learn
    They have a tremendous amount material to view here. From the taxidermy animals to the art, it's truly a good visit, especially if you have kids. The T-Rex skeleton was really impressive and what you would expect. What I did not expect to see was a whale mandible that was 18.5' from end to end! Unbelievable! You could spend hours here reading about everything and we did a fair amount of reading but just walking and viewing was a neat experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Robin L
    Adams, Massachusetts177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    wow
    Huge museum. We spent 5 hours there, but you could stay the whole 7 hours it was open. All sorts of different exhibits. American Indian, Egyptian, ice age, a bird hall with a theatre where you can sit and listen to birds singing, dinosaurs, rocks and minerals and gems, I liked everything except for the hideous modern art exhibits, which in many instances were no better than the child scribblings I hung on my fridge. It's a shame they wasted so much space on it. But you can just skip those. For those of you with a ROAM pass you can get in for free and save $25 admission.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 15 July 2023
  • mamathoma
    Ada, Michigan257 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful museum!
    This is a fabulous museum which has areas devoted to many different topics: dinosaurs, birds, minerals and gems, mammals, the arctic, and our favorite the Hall of Architecture. All displays are well done and there is much to see and learn. This building is physically connected to the art museum and you could spend hours between the two buildings.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Stan D
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow!
    We didn't even know about this museum before attending, and we loved that it was "free" during the month we were there. It is a great museum that is set up well with a lot of interesting artifacts and information. I highly recommend this stop when visiting Pittsburgh, even if you have to pay to get in.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • egwanderlust
    Hampton, New Hampshire1,331 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Carnegie Museum - Pittsburgh
    The Carnegie Museum is a 10/10. The location is beautiful, the exhibits are stunning, and the staff was friendly. Parking is cheap at $10 with no time limit and a safe parking garage. This museum will keep you busy for 4 or more hours. I am a self-proclaimed gem nerd, so the mineral exhibit was why we originally came. The amount of fossils, precious gems, and unique jewelry was mind-blowing. Make sure to check out the fluorescent and radiation exhibits. In addition to their extensive gem collection, the dinosaur exhibits and Egyptian archaeology exhibit impressed us both. The price of the ticket includes both the Natural History and Art museums. However, we spent over four hours in the Natural History Museum and had no time to check out the art exhibits. Next time we will be sure to check it out!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Janius E
    Flanders, New Jersey6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Dinosaur Exhibit Anywhere
    My 5 year old, dinosaur loving grandson possibly had the greatest day of his life here! The dinosaur section is WONDERFUL, so were almost all of the other exhibits. Allison, one of the guides, spent almost an hour with our grandson. She answered questions and gave him any information he wanted plus described the dinosaurs and the displays. She was terrific. Probably the funniest part of the visit was when our grandson walked into the glass at the African Plains exhibit because the display cleverly continued on BOTH sides of the glass. He thought he could walk right into the Lion display! This museum should be at the top of any dinosaur lover's visit list.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Maura South
    20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very disappointing!
    We were looking forward to seeing the Christmas trees and the beautiful Italian Nativity scene only to find out that we had to walk all the way down to the art museum and up several floors , where the nativity was practically hidden in the farthest room in the gallery!! I asked several workers why it was moved and got several very lame answers!! It is Christmas, so why would you not have that beautiful depiction of Christmas front and center as it always was!!! If the art gallery needs to attract more visitors I don’t think they should do it at the inconvenience of the patrons of the museum!! The Tree room is very empty without its most cherished treasure! Very disappointing!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 December 2023
  • Kamara
    San Antonio, Texas4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Great Experience
    We came to Pittsburgh for the weekend and had a few hours to fill before meeting our group. We decided to visit the Museum. It is Huge! There are so many rooms with such a variety of topics! My favorite was the dinosaurs and their habitats! It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 December 2023
  • Hgtravl
    Marlton, New Jersey1,713 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place
    What a charming museum! While in Pittsburgh, this was a must on our list! Easy parking (large parking lot right at the museum) and easy to navigate laid out museum, we enjoyed our stay! It’s located in the most beautiful historic building which itself is full of history! Lots of stunning hallways, grand halls & exhibits fill this museum. The tickets also grant you access to the art museum which is connected. We spent a solid 3 hours here and felt like there was so much more to see! Some of our faves were the dinosaurs (learned they are real not re created fossils) and the stunning grand hall. They also have clean restrooms and a beautiful gift shop!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 April 2024
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KarenAzinger
Portland138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is a real gem! The dinosaur exhibit is amazing, one of the best in the USA. They even have exhibits of sea dinosaurs. And the Hall of Minerals is exquisite, like a giant jewel box. If you are in Pgh, don't miss the opportunity to explore this museum.
Written 11 April 2024
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Hgtravl
Marlton, NJ1,713 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
What a charming museum! While in Pittsburgh, this was a must on our list! Easy parking (large parking lot right at the museum) and easy to navigate laid out museum, we enjoyed our stay! It’s located in the most beautiful historic building which itself is full of history! Lots of stunning hallways, grand halls & exhibits fill this museum. The tickets also grant you access to the art museum which is connected. We spent a solid 3 hours here and felt like there was so much more to see! Some of our faves were the dinosaurs (learned they are real not re created fossils) and the stunning grand hall. They also have clean restrooms and a beautiful gift shop!
Written 5 April 2024
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Brenda
Pickerington, OH1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Used our AST membership so admission was free. Our boys 7 and 9 had a great time. They enjoyed the dinosaurs, especially touching a real dinosaur fossil. The gems were amazing as well.
Written 11 March 2024
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Linda K
Akron, OH120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Duquesne incline was fun but when we got to the top, it was so foggy, you couldn't even see out the windows or from the observation deck. Fair warning - they don't "compensate" for this so make sure it is a sunny or clear day when you visit. We did go back in the evening and it is amazing in the dark to look out over the city. Parking is $8 for 0-2 hours and is also across the street so be prepared to walk about a block and up three flights of steps to get to the ride.

Pittsburgh zoo is large and very hilly so be prepared. Most of the animals were out but, apparently, their polar bear is quite old and isn't out if it's warm - it was in the 60's and they said it was too hot for him. The aquarium was great and we enjoyed our visit at the zoo.

Downtown parking was outrageous - minimum we saw was $10 for first hour but most were more so we didn't walk the strip area. There was a dance competition and a LaCrosse game going on which probably increased the cost since most of the lots had portable signs that were definitely easy to change.
Written 5 March 2024
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Kamara
San Antonio, TX4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We came to Pittsburgh for the weekend and had a few hours to fill before meeting our group. We decided to visit the Museum. It is Huge! There are so many rooms with such a variety of topics! My favorite was the dinosaurs and their habitats! It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!
Written 18 December 2023
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Maura South
20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We were looking forward to seeing the Christmas trees and the beautiful Italian Nativity scene only to find out that we had to walk all the way down to the art museum and up several floors , where the nativity was practically hidden in the farthest room in the gallery!! I asked several workers why it was moved and got several very lame answers!! It is Christmas, so why would you not have that beautiful depiction of Christmas front and center as it always was!!! If the art gallery needs to attract more visitors I don’t think they should do it at the inconvenience of the patrons of the museum!! The Tree room is very empty without its most cherished treasure!
Very disappointing!
Written 10 December 2023
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Brian H
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Wonderful. The only drawback was lack of working outlets to recharge phones. Staff was extremely helpful. Restrooms were clean. Displays were informative. Solid experience overall.
Written 28 September 2023
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MontrealMan
Montreal, Canada240 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
I expected more for a $25 admission. While this arts and natural history complex is impressive from the beauty of its architecture and fine exterior, the exhibits the,selves were somewhat disappointing, disorganized and dated. The layout is confusing and it’s tricky to move from the natural history exhibits to the arts areas. The modern art collections were average, and while there are some high quality French Impressionists, this museum has room for improvement. One positive note is that for kids, the museum does offer some interesting educational exhibits, plus the museum shop is interesting. If you are looking for an indoor activity, it’s not a bad option, but I do not plan to return.
Written 26 September 2023
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Kcollins108
Birmingham, AL134 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
I was disappointed during my visit. There were at least 4 exhibitions closed. Lots of hands on things for small kids. Probably will not come back if I’m honest.
Written 17 September 2023
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Janius E
Flanders, NJ6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
My 5 year old, dinosaur loving grandson possibly had the greatest day of his life here! The dinosaur section is WONDERFUL, so were almost all of the other exhibits. Allison, one of the guides, spent almost an hour with our grandson. She answered questions and gave him any information he wanted plus described the dinosaurs and the displays. She was terrific. Probably the funniest part of the visit was when our grandson walked into the glass at the African Plains exhibit because the display cleverly continued on BOTH sides of the glass. He thought he could walk right into the Lion display! This museum should be at the top of any dinosaur lover's visit list.
Written 28 August 2023
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