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September 2017: Celebrating Adults Living Longer and Better Lives

Throughout the month of September, Carnegie Museum of Natural History is celebrating Pittsburghers living longer and better through enriching cultural engagement. The museum will offer a series of programming throughout the month of September, ranging from dancing to specialized tours, geared towards visitors who are 45 and older.


Grandparents Day

September 10, 2017
Noon–4 p.m. 
Carnegie Museum of Natural History 

Whether your grandson loves exotic animals or your granddaughter cannot get enough dinosaurs, there is something new for your family to discover at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Explore our galleries and make memories with your grandchildren at Grandparents Day this September.

Learn about family trees, play Inuit games, make traditional pottery, or write about your family in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. Even take part in some crafts that may be familiar traditions in your own family. "Willy Wonka" and "The Princess Diaries" will be shown in the Earth Theater, and there will be a special Live Animal Encounter that will focus on animal families.

Activities are free with museum admission. 


Harvest Moon Event

September 22, 2017
6–10 p.m.
Tickets are $10; $9 for Members

Visit Carnegie Museum of Natural History for a night of nostalgia and dancing at our Harvest Moon Event. Guests 45+ are invited to an adult-only night at the museum. Listen to the awesome sounds of Boilermaker Jazz Band, plus Swing City Pittsburgh will offer both a swing demo and short group lessons. After dancing in the Carnegie Music Hall Foyer, sip cocktails inspired by the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. (All bars are cash only.) This event is for singles and couples with a nice mix of both in attendance.

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix will hold a mini car show, and there will also be slot car racing, photo opportunities, and specialized museum history tours. Our museum galleries will be open for guests to explore, and specimens that were cataloged between 1940 and 1960 will also be on display at a night that will celebrate the rich history of the Pittsburgh community.

Tickets are available online.  

For discounted tickets and a VIP happy hour, check out our Museum Explorer Meetup group.


A Wonderful Wednesday at Carnegie Museum of Natural History


September 27, 2017
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Enjoy a relaxing day of adult programming at Carnegie Museum of Natural History at an event for adults interested in an enriching and reflective day at the museum. Wonderful Wednesday invites guests to take specialized tours that focus on the history of the museum, meet live animals from the museum’s living collection, and watch classic movies inspired by nature, like African Queen, The Birds, and The Wizard of Oz. Visitors can enjoy hands-on activities like planting herbs and examine specimens catalogued by the museum in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

All activities are free with museum admission. 


In-Depth Tours: Special Group Pricing for Seniors

Inquisitive museum goers can uncover the hidden science, history, and mystery of iconic Carnegie collections in a small group setting, guided by experienced museum staff. Tours are designed to take a deeper look at museum objects and offer seated rest stops and a flexible pace to meet the interests of your group.

Groups of 10 or more can book at the reduced rate of $11 per person for visits scheduled at least four weeks in advance through the Group Visits Office. To schedule your visit, call 412.622.3289 use our online group visits form.

In-Depth Tours can be scheduled during any hours that the museum is open. We recommend booking in September or after 1:30 p.m. on weekdays to take advantage of quieter galleries and less overlap with children’s school tours.

Hillman Hall of Minerals & Gems

This breathtaking exhibition explores the science, beauty, and history of over 1,300 minerals on display. Learn about connections to the region’s industrial heritage, and explore the fascinating stories behind the acquisition and display of the museum’s world class collection of mineral and gems.

Natural History Safari

Go on a safari across the halls of North American and African wildlife. This tour immerses visitors in the sights and sounds of diverse ecosystems across two major continents. Uncover hidden ecological niches, explore the history of the acquisition of large game specimens, and explore the art and science behind the museum's nature dioramas.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History: 120 Years in the Making
Where did Carnegie Museum of Natural History get its specimens? How are exhibits made? Does the public see everything? Will new exhibit halls appear? Take this tour to discover what it takes to create a museum, and learn about all of the people who bring the museum to life.

Additional tour topics are available. Visit http://www.carnegiemnh.org/programs/groups-list/ for more information.