Guided Tours & Unguided (On-own) Visits

children in benedumTo 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 or regular admission as indicated.  

Science, nature, and cultures come alive!

Our fully equipped laboratory classrooms and immersive exhibitions promote an understanding of the earth, environmental change, evolution, and the impact of these forces on Earth’s inhabitants over centuries.

For groups who want a customized experience, museum guides highlight our most popular exhibitions while engaging your group with probing questions about hidden details and museum treasures.

Scheduling
Available year-round, Tuesday–Friday during regular museum hours; Mondays available in summer after Independence Day and before Labor Day.

Please schedule early, as the demand for programs is high, especially April–June during peak group visit season. Tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance.

Fee includes admission to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History.

Guided Tours

  • Must be booked at least four weeks in advance.
  • Must be prepaid in full one week prior to visit using one form of payment.
  • Changes in attendance must be made at least one week in advance for group to receive a refund.
  • College groups booking Adult topics pay the Kids/Schools group rate.
  • No Member discounts.
  Student  Extra Adults  Minimum 
60-minute guided tour $9 $12 $90
       
90-minute guided tour $10 $12 $100
       
Two 60-minute guided tours $12 $12 $120

Unguided (on-own) Visits

  • Must be booked at least one week in advance.
  • Must be paid in full at time of admission using one form of payment.
  • Changes in attendance may be made until check-in.
  • Groups smaller than 10 pay regular admission.
  • Member children free. Must provide Membership number in advance or present Family Membership card on day of visit.
  Student  Extra Adults 
All groups, no time limit $10.50 $15

Required Chaperones

An adult chaperone must be a responsible teacher, parent, guardian, or assistant who is 18 years old or older. In addition to chaperones, aides for students with special needs are admitted free.

Grade  Required Adults 
Pre-K & K One adult required/admitted free for every five students.
   
Grades 1–12 One adult required/admitted free for every ten students. If booking Discovery Room with visit, one adult required/admitted free for every five students.
   
Scouts One adult required/admitted free for every ten scouts.
   
College No chaperones required. All accompanying faculty/staff admitted free.

Reservations
 

  1. To reserve your program, you may email GroupVisits@carnegiemuseums.org, click here to request your program online, or call 412.622.3289. Have the following information handy:
    • Preferred and backup dates
    • Program or topic
    • Arrival and departure times
    • Group size and grade level
    • Special requests, such as lunchroom reservations, accessibility needs, or curriculum focus
     
  2. You will receive confirmation by email. Final attendance numbers and payment are due one week in advance of your scheduled visit. $15 late payment fee.
  3. A museum educator will contact you before your visit to finalize program content.

Topics

Animal Adaptations
Explore amazing adaptations of animals in diverse ecosystems in Polar World: Wyckoff Hall of Arctic Life, the Halls of North American and African Wildlife, and Birds.

Pennsylvania Natural History
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.

Three Cultures
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.

Explore Charlie and Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure
Available through May 12, 2013
Travel back in time to the Age of Dinosaurs to discover the kiwi’s ancestors and evidence for how evolution works. This special exhibition engages young audiences with the science behind evolution as they explore the exhibition and find connections in Dinosaurs in Their Time.

Evolution of Life
Investigate how climates and ecosystems change over time by examining fossils and dioramas in Dinosaurs in Their Time and Benedum Hall of Geology.

Geology
Delve into how rocks and minerals reveal the history of Earth by making discoveries in Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems and Benedum Hall of Geology.

New! Climate Connections

These experiences include an in-class visit from a museum educator prior to your field trip to prepare students for the content and structure of their visit. For schools in Allegheny County, there is no additional cost for the in-class visit. These experiences are 90 minutes only.

Climate and the Environment
Trace the crucial links among animals, plants, and the biomes they inhabit while discovering the vital role that climate plays in these relationships. Student-centered investigations of Polar World: Wyckoff Hall of Arctic Life, Birds, and the Halls of North American Wildlife and African Wildlife emphasize the pursuit and use of evidence to address questions about how organisms adapt to their environment and respond to change.

Climate Change: Then and Now
Dinosaurs in Their Time and Polar World: Wyckoff Hall of Arctic Life provide a basis for comparing past climate change to contemporary climate change phenomena, focusing on the adaptive responses of plants and animals in their habitats. Students use real data and evidence to think about change and how scientists study these phenomena.

¡Mira! Spanish-language Tours

Para los estudiantes de Español: Tours are presented in Spanish and adapted to the language proficiency of your students.

Dinosaurios
Visitas al Museo de Historia Natural para disfrutar de la exhibición de dinosaurios.

El Artico
Descripcion del medio ambiente y su impacto en la cultura esquimal.

Egipto
Historia, religion y cultura en el Egipto de los faraones.

Los Indios de Norteamerica
Vida y costumbres.

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.

targetSchool field trip funding support, including transportation, is sponsored for some programs by Target. To find out whether your school qualifies, call 412.622.3291 or email SchuckersE@carnegiemuseums.org.

Inclement Weather

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

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