Kids & Families
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Come party at the museum! Birthdays are back at Carnegie Museum of Natural History! Available in two exciting themes, you and your guests will be sure to enjoy your special day with games and activities along with admission to the museum.
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Programs at Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Families with children should be sure to check out our fully accessible hands-on science areas. The following activities are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. No registration required:
- Bonehunters Quarry
Strap on your goggles and dig for fossils like real paleontologists do.
- Discovery Basecamp
Take a little time to explore more than 10,000 objects from our educational collection.
- Natural History Discover Carts & Exploration Stations
Wednesday–Sunday; check daily guide for schedule
Learn with your hands by investigating real and replica specimens and artifacts in natural history museum galleries. Let museum educators and experts answer your nature and science questions.
Dinosaurs in Their Time Tours
Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Travel back to the Mesozoic with museum staff as your guide! See highlights of Dinosaurs in Their Time, including two colossal Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons, a mother and juvenile Apatosaurus, and world-famous Diplodocus carnegii.
RACE: Are We So Different? Tours
Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 and 2 p.m.
This compelling tour includes stops in the traveling exhibition RACE: Are We So Different? and relevant exhibits throughout the museum, focusing on the science of human variation, institutionalized racism, and personal expression of identity.
Natural History Tours
Saturday at noon
Get up close and personal with various exhibitions, galleries, artifacts, and specimens all around the museum. Check daily guide for schedule.
Behind-the-Scenes: Shells & Research
Second Saturday of each month; check daily guide for schedule
From octopuses to oysters, get an up-close look at the weird and wonderful collection of mollusks.