Carnegie Museum of Natural History Renovates Gift Store
Museum recycles past exhibits, vintage furniture in environmentally conscious renovation.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History has completed a dynamic,
environmentally conscious renovation of its gift store that combines
vintage dioramas, a dinosaur display, and merchandise. The first-floor
gift shop is located near the entrance of Benedum Hall of Geology.
In keeping with the museum’s emphasis on conservation, museum staff
restored existing dioramas and repurposed antique cabinets and other
fixtures for displaying merchandise. The museum also moved Jane, its
juvenile T.rex, to center stage and museum conservators brought
three wildlife dioramas out of storage and restored them for display in
the renovated store.
“A love of nature is at the core of Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s
mission, which is why our new gift store was designed with conservation
in mind,” said Dr. Eric Dorfman, director of Carnegie Museum of Natural
History. “By reducing our own consumption, we hope to spark a
conversation about the inherent value of nature and what steps we can
take together to create a healthier planet.”
The store’s layout was adjusted to feature a kid-friendly section with
toys, educational games, and apparel as well as an adult section with
unique, curated merchandise and a few products created in-house that can
only be bought at Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
“We want every aspect of our museums to engage and excite our visitors,”
said Dr. Jo Ellen Parker, president and CEO of Carnegie Museums of
Pittsburgh. “The new Museum of Natural History store does this so well
by sharing the wonders and important lessons of the natural world along
with the great fun of exploration at every age.” The store renovation
coincides with the return of the holiday trees and Presepio at Carnegie
Museum of Art; a host of holiday-themed events at Carnegie Museums of
Art and Natural History; and the opening of The Café Carnegie, the
Oakland museums’ new restaurant, which will celebrate its grand opening
The opening celebration for the renovated Museum of Natural History
store is December 9 through 11 and will feature kids’ activities, live
music performed by Allderdice String Quartet and Jazz Band, and special
trunk shows by three local artisan makers: Laurel Burkhart, Ashley
Cecil, and Kim Fox of Worker Bird.
Ashley Cecil is a Pittsburgh-based artist and illustrator specializing
in paintings of flora and fauna. She’s currently the artist in residence
at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, creating art inspired by nature
and exploring the nexus of art and science. Several of her prints, note
cards, and scarves will be sold in the gift store, as well as her new
coloring poster. Proceeds from the poster will benefit BirdSafe
Pittsburgh, a partnership between eight local conservation
organizations, including Carnegie Museum of Natural History, that are
working to research and reduce local bird mortality caused by glass
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top six natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of millions of objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures. More information is available by calling 412.622.3131 or by visiting the website, www.carnegiemnh.org.