Adult Tour Topic List

Adult Group Tour Topics

The Power of Poison

Available May 27–September 4, 2017
Explore the fascinating roles of poison in nature, health, history, literature, and myth. Whether as a defense against predators, a source of magical strength, or a lethal weapon used as lifesaving medical treatment, the story of poison is surprising at every turn. See live animals that use toxic poisons to survive. Learn how scientists study poison’s effects on human cells to figure out how to protect, repair, and heal them. 

Carnegie Museum of Natural History: 100 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 and discover what it takes to create a museum, and learn about all of the people who bring the museum to life.

Anthropology Explorer

Travel from ancient Egypt to the Arctic and learn how anthropology has been used as a lens to explore diverse cultures. In Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt, analyze artifacts that reveal intricate details of ancient daily life and belief systems. In Polar World: Wyckoff Hall of Arctic Life and Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians, discover how unique regional ecosystems shape traditional and modern culture of diverse societies including the Tlingit of the Northwest Coast, Hopi of the Southwest, Lakota of the Plains, Iroquois of the Northeast, and Inuit of Canadian Arctic. 

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 historic nature dioramas.

Pennsylvania Natural History

Explore how the landscape and inhabitants of Pennsylvania have been influenced by natural resources, leading to vast changes across millennia. Investigate the geologic history of Pennsylvania, explore the intricate detail of Pennsylvania plants and animals in the museum's classic dioramas, and learn about current scientific research and conservation efforts that are impacting our local ecosystems.

Sampler: Introduction to the Carnegie Art and Natural History Collections

If you’re not sure what you want to see first, then the Carnegie Sampler is right for you! This overview of the great art and fascinating natural history collections will acquaint you with Pittsburgh’s premier cultural institution. Tour our architecturally significant historic buildings and learn about the intriguing history of Carnegie Institute and Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropic vision for his “Palace of Culture.”

The Treasures of Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Discover and explore many of the unique artifacts that are special to Carnegie Museum of Natural History. A mummy and its coffin, donated by Andrew Carnegie; the historic taxidermy diorama Arab Courier Attacked by Lions, installed over 100 years ago; and Teddy Roosevelt’s contributions to the Hall of African Wildlife are just a few of the exhibits to be explored during this tour of discovery.