July 2014

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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.
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Free with admission to Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Michael Dyber: Master of Optical Illusion
May 31–August 31, 2014
Wertz Gallery

Michael Dyber: Master of Optical Illusion

Michael Dyber is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost lapidary artists in the world today. He has won 23 national and international awards for his unique gem carvings. Using his own trademarked cutting techniques, Dyber creates stunning artworks that appear to bend light while interacting with each gemstone’s natural colors. Michael Dyber: Master of Optical Illusion is the artist’s first solo show at a major museum.

Free with admission to Carnegie Museum of Natural History


Super Science Saturday: Dippy's Birthday Celebration
Saturday, July 19, Noon—4 p.m.

Super Science Saturday: Dippy's Birthday Celebration

Get out your party hat—it’s time to celebrate Dippy’s birthday! Our Diplodocus skeleton turns 115 years old this year, and we invite you to celebrate this milestone with us here at the museum. Examine 155-million-year-old rocks from the fossil bed where Dippy was unearthed and see real bones! Meet the first Carnegie scientist since 1899 to visit the location of Dippy’s discovery. The ToonSeum visits to show how dinosaurs have been portrayed in animation. Talk with our educators and learn all about Dippy and his dinosaur friends. Don’t forget to bring a homemade or bought birthday card for Dippy to receive $1 off admission! Don’t miss your chance to party with the coolest dinosaur in town!

Free with admission to Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Sponsored by:

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Fourth Thursday Features: Becca Mertz and guests
July 24, 6–7 p.m.
Third Floor Jurassic Overlook

Becca MertzThis program creatively expresses the themes of RACE: Are We So Different?.

Becca Mertz was home-schooled by Catholic fundamentalists and attended Franciscan University of Steubenville until she came out in the MFA program of University of Pittsburgh. She has published more than 100 poems in such places as Drunken Boat, BathHouse, and DIAGRAM. She teaches writing at Duquesne University, and is writing a memoir about coming out in the Christian right.

Part of the RACE: Are We So Different? Exploration Series 

Free with admission to Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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