Grades 2-5

Program Formats

Programs - Tours

Tours / Extended Tours

60/90 minutes, $9/$10 per student

Great for groups who prefer a customized experience, discussion-based inquiry, and want to connect ideas across several galleries.

Museum educators highlight our most popular exhibitions while engaging your group with probing questions about hidden details and museum treasures. All tours make use of interactive exhibits with stops to investigate touchable educational collections.

Extended Tours include extra time for hands-on investigations in a classroom. 

Programs - Museum Quest

Museum Quest

Self-paced, $9 per student

Begin with a customized orientation to your schedule, museum maps, and gallery guidelines. Follow up with a self-paced activity to help you explore the museum. Students receive a Museum Quest to guide exploration of specific exhibits and practice 21st-century critical thinking skills. To help direct your group, chaperones are given an answer guide, and gallery staff are available to help you explore the exhibitions.

Museum Quest can also be scheduled as an add-on to other program formats.


Topics for Grades 2-5

Ecosystems & Environment

All About Animals
Program format: Tour 

In a one-of-a-kind game of “I spy,” explore amazing animals that inhabit everywhere from backyards to exotic ecosystems. Discuss animal adaptations for feeding, defense, and keeping warm.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
 

Biomes Across the Globe
Program format: Tour 

Explore the biomes that make up North America and compare them to environments across the globe. Discuss the links between animals, plants, weather, and climate in historic wildlife dioramas.
Standard Connection:
4.1 Ecology
 

Explore Ecosystems
Program format: Museum Quest 

Put your observation skills to the test as you explore diverse habitats in classic museum dioramas. Compare and contrast animal and plant adaptations in arctic, desert, and grasslands environments.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
4.1 Ecology
 

Lions and Plants and Bears, Oh My!
Program format: Museum Quest 

Go on a self-paced adventure through Africa and North America, discovering wildlife and plants in their natural habitats. Investigate the use of adaptations for survival!
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
4.1 Ecology
 

Paleontology & Geology

Dino Dig
Program format: Extended Tour 

Explore dinosaur diversity throughout the Mesozoic Era. This extended tour includes extra time to experience the process of paleontology by touching real fossils and wrapping a plaster fossil cast to take home.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences
 

Geology
Program format: Tour 

Discover how rocks and minerals reveal the history of Earth. Discuss processes of geology like the rock cycle and fossilization, as well as geologic natural resources from building stones to fossil fuels.
Standard Connection:
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences
 

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs
Program format: Tour 

They flew with their fingers. They walked on their wings. Some were enormous, while others could fit in the palm of a hand. Millions of years ago, pterosaurs ruled the skies. Using the fossil record, explore how these flying reptiles developed flight, diversified, and spread across the globe. Available for a limited time January 30, 2016 – May 22, 2016. $11 per student. One adult chaperone per 10 students is free. $15 per additional adult.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences
 

Rock Hounds
Program format: Extended Tour 

Explore the geologic process of rock formation, and the properties of minerals that make up rocks. This extended tour includes extra time for hands-on experiments to test chemical and physical properties of minerals.
Standard Connection:
3.2 Physical Science: Chemistry and Physics
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences
 

Rockin’ Around
Program format: Museum Quest 

Be a geology detective! Use colors and shapes as clues to guide an investigation of our world-renowned rocks and minerals collection.
Standard Connection:
3.2 Physical Science: Chemistry and Physics
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences
 

The World of Dinosaurs
Program format: Tour 

Investigate how animals, climates, and ecosystems change over time. Discuss the process of fossilization, and what fossils reveal about the lives of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences
 

Pennsylvania—Interdisciplinary

Pennsylvania Natural History
Program format: Tour 

Focus on Pennsylvania geology, wildlife, and native cultures in Benedum Hall of Geology, the Hall of North American Wildlife, and Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians.
Standard Connection:
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences
4.1 Ecology
7.3 Geography
 

Social Studies

American Indians: Living with Nature
Program format: Tour 

Investigate the environments of the Northwest Coast, Southwest Desert, Midwest Plains, and Northeast Woodlands. Discuss the similarities and differences between the cultures of diverse American Indian peoples who inhabit these geographic areas.
Standard Connection:
7.3 Geography
 

American Indians: What's in a House?
Program format: Extended Tour 

Examine artifacts from four North American Indian cultures and discover how natural resources influence everyday life. This extended tour includes extra time for an anthropology activity where students handle real artifacts and identify geographical regions.
Standard Connection:
7.3 Geography
 

Diverse Cultures
Program format: Museum Quest 

Compare and contrast food, clothing, and shelter between your everyday experience and the diverse indigenous cultures represented in Alcoa Hall of American Indians and Polar World: Wyckoff Hall of Arctic Life. Analyze artifacts and museum dioramas to discover how cultures are shaped by unique natural resources in different geographic locations.
Standard Connection:
7.3 Geography
 

Egyptian Archaeology
Program format: Extended Tour 

Explore the stories that mummies, treasures, and everyday objects reveal about daily life in ancient Egyptian society. This extended tour includes extra time for hands-on investigation of replica artifacts and a lesson on hieroglyphs.
Standard Connection:
8.1 Historical Analysis and Skills Development
8.4 World History
 

Life in Ancient Egypt
Program format: Tour 

Travel to the banks of the Nile River. Discuss how artifacts depict what life was like in the time of pharaohs and decipher the meaning of mummies.
Standard Connection:
8.4 World History
 

Three Cultures
Program format: Tour 

Compare similarities and differences among indigenous cultures across the globe and throughout history in Polar World: Wyckoff Hall of Arctic Life, Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians, and Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt.
Standard Connection:
7.3 Geography
 

Meet a Scientist

The stories of exploration, research, and STEM careers come alive when you hear about a journey directly from a professional scientist. Find out more about the Meet a Scientist program.

Add-ons

To further structure your visit, choose an add-on experience: Meet a Scientist, a visit to Earth Theater, or a self-paced Museum Quest.

Expand your experience

You may also co-book a group experience at Carnegie Museum of Art.

Don't let cost be a barrier!

We have scholarship opportunities for schools and organizations that qualify. Find out about scholarship opportunities.

Ready to book your visit?

Field trips require four weeks’ advance registration.

September–March Scheduling visits September through March has its advantages—more flexibility with program scheduling, additional support from museum staff, and a more leisurely experience in the galleries.

April–June is a prime season for school group visits. Book early to ensure you receive your preferred dates!

Contact Group Visits to arrange your visit. 

Group Discounts

To receive group pricing, you must have a group of ten or more and your visit must be scheduled in advance through the Group Visits Office. Smaller groups pay the ten person minimum. Member discounts do not apply to guided tours.

Inclement Weather

Should hazardous conditions result in cancellation, announcements will be made on television stations KDKA, WTAE, and WPXI.

Accessibility: Features For All

Carnegie Museum of Natural History welcomes all visitors. We work to assist visitors with disabilities in obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, and in supporting equal access to services, programs, and activities.

To request special disability accommodations for field trips, please contact Group Visits at 412.622.3289 or GroupVisits@carnegiemuseums.org.

To request special disability accommodations for special programs for educators, please contact Program Registration at 412.622.3288 or at ProgramRegistration@carnegiemuseums.org.