April 2014

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Holiday Hours
Closed Easter Sunday


Dinosaurs in Their Time
Permanent Exhibition
First Floor

Dinosaurs in Their Time

Dinosaurs in Their Time is the first permanent exhibition in the world to feature scientifically accurate, immersive environments spanning the Mesozoic Era—the Age of Dinosaurs—arranged chronologically and filled with actively posed original fossil specimens. See dinosaurs like they haven’t been seen in 66 million years!

The historic, century-old Dinosaur Hall was closed in Spring 2005 for over two years of renovation and construction, resulting in the spectacular exhibition Dinosaurs in Their Time. The renovated and expanded exhibition illustrates the incredible diversity of life in the Mesozoic Era, placing the dinosaurs in dramatic, scientifically accurate poses amidst the hundreds of plant and animal species that shared their environments.
Click here for more information about the exhibition. 

Free with admission to Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Pledge 2 Fledge: SEE birds. SHARE birds. SAVE birds. Powdermill Nature Reserve 4/26/2014 7:30:00 AM

Join Powdermill’s bird banding team for Pledge 2 Fledge Family Day! Drop in from 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. to get an up-close look at some feathered friends at the bird banding lab. Learn about how banding data is used to inform conservation efforts. Collect and band plush birds in our family-friendly activity—and don’t forget to record your data!  

Free; no registration required.  

Pledge 2 Fledge Family Day is part of Global Birding Initiative’s Pledge 2 Fledge Campaign: SEE birds. SHARE birds. SAVE birds. Powdermill Nature Reserve is the environmental research station of Carnegie Museum of Natural History.  

R.W. Moriarty Science Seminar: Pauline Coster, PhD
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Free with museum admission; no registration required.
Join us for this scientific seminar on current research at Carnegie Museum of Natural History! Hear Carnegie scientists and invited researchers discuss their latest findings on a wide variety of science topics.
Pauline Coster, PhD
Vertebrate Paleontology Postdoctoral Fellow
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Seminar: TBD 


Overnights: All-in-One Adventure
Friday, April 11 to Saturday, April 12, 2014

Explore the museum at night by going on a hands-on adventure of our amazing exhibitions and get a look at collections that are not normally on display. You'll see it all in one amazing evening adventure!

Ages: Must be at least 6 years old

Cost: $40 per person, including chaperones. Fee includes a $10 non-refundable deposit due within 30 days of booking, and must be paid in full no later than one month in advance of the overnight. Unpaid reservations may result in cancellation of a program. No refund will be granted for withdrawals made with less than thirty days’ notice.

Chaperones: One adult for every 1–5 children (6 children=2 adults, etc.). Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone; adults must stay through entire overnight.

Accomodations: Participants sleep on carpeted and tiled floors as a group. No tents or air mattresses are permitted; sleeping bags, pillows, and a sleeping pad work well. Please dress appropriately for community sleeping. Access to electrical outlets available for special needs.

Registration required. Contact Group Visits at 412.622.3289 or

8th Annual Most "Egg-cellent" Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19 at 10:30am - 1:00pm

Celebrate spring by learning about egg-laying animals from prehistoric and modern times! With scavenger hunt maps in hand, children 12 and under visit hands-on exploration stations where touchable natural history specimens await. Interact with museum nature experts, answer intriguing egg-related riddles, and earn stamps and small prizes. It is a fun and exciting way to celebrate spring even if the weather is still cold and rainy outside.

Free with museum admission; no registration required. Scavenger hunt map and prizes are available to the first 500 children, so don't be late!

Easter: Closed
Sunday, April 20, 2014

Please note: Hours and admission apply only to Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Carnegie Museum of Art at the Forbes Avenue location. Separate hours and admission apply to Carnegie Science Center and The Andy Warhol Museum, both on the North Side of Pittsburgh.

The Colossal Stranger. How Andy’s Diplodocus Invaded Europe, 1905–1913
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ilja Nieuwland
6 p.m.
Free with museum admission

In April of 1905, Pittsburgh steel magnate Andrew Carnegie personally handed over a cast of the dinosaur Diplodocus to the British Museum (Natural History) in London. What he could not have foreseen was the impact his ‘little gift’ had on other nations. Soon, all sorts of European rulers were clamoring for their own copy of ‘Dippy’, to liven up the natural history museums in their capitals.

All this was music to Carnegie, who had his own motives for wanting to cuddle up to the ‘crowns of Europe’. But for the museums themselves, it meant that their audiences could finally see ‘real’ dinosaurs up close, and be amazed by their size and their strangeness. The consequences were profound: soon, Diplodocus was everywhere, in books, in paintings and in music—and so even became more important as a scientific object. Scientists on both sides of the Atlantic, and between New York and Pittsburgh, fought over who was knew more about Diplodocus.

Special Exhibitions

RACE: Are We So Different?
March 29–October 27, 2014
R.P. Simmons Family Gallery

RACE: Are We So Different?

RACE: Are We So Different? is a groundbreaking exploration of the experience of living with race in America. The exhibition weaves together personal stories of living with race along with expert discussions of the history of race as a concept, the role that science has played in that history, and emerging research that challenges the foundations of what we perceive as race. Interactive multimedia components, historic artifacts, iconic objects, and compelling photographs offer visitors an eye-opening look at a topic that is fundamental to our shared human experience.

Developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, RACE: Are We So Different? is the first nationally traveling exhibition to tell the story of race from biological, cultural, and historic points of view. These diverse perspectives merge into an unprecedented examination of race and racism in the United States.

A robust schedule of programming in support of RACE: Are We So Different? is planned throughout the run of the exhibition. For more information on programming or to inquire about collaborating with the museum, please contact Special Projects Manager Ashley Kunkle at

Free with admission to Carnegie Museum of Natural History