Super Science Series

Celebrate with dinosaurs, discover secrets of DNA, and learn what it is like to be a scientist in the field in the new Super Science Series!

Once a month, visitors can explore a topic in-depth through hands-on activities, experiments, demonstrations, discussions with museum experts, family-friendly activities, and more.

All activities in the Super Science Series are free with museum admission and are available noon—4 p.m.

Sponsored By:
The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School 



Super Science: Dog Day of Summer 

Saturday, August 15

The Dog Day of Summer
Noon–4 p.m.
Free with museum admission
Spend a dog day of summer learning about our four-legged friends in the cool museum air conditioning! From present-day dogs with important jobs to the dogs of ancient Egypt, this special day is sure to get your tails wagging!


October 24–25

Creepy Crawly Carnegie Days
Ravens, and spiders, and snakes, oh my! Join us in investigating the creepy and awesome creatures that call the museum home, and listen to some spooky tales from around the world. Trick-or-treat around dinosaurs and mummies, and wear a costume to receive a small prize!*

*Please, no masks or backpacks.

December 12–13

Holidays Around the World
Come celebrate the season with us! Carnegie scientists travel the world exploring diverse and exciting cultures, climates, and creatures. Travel through holiday-themed stations as we share the holiday traditions of other cultures through crafts, food, and amazing specimens and artifacts!


Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19

Bug Fair: The Year of the Beetle
Noon–4 p.m.
Free with museum admission
Thanks to its popularity last year, the Bug Fair is back, and this time around celebrates the beetle! Enjoy beetle-themed activities, beetle races, and meet beetle experts from the museum.

Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21

Jurassic Days
Noon–4 p.m.
Free with museum admission
Stomp, roar, and explore all things dinosaur during Jurassic Days. Not only can you experience our amazing exhibition, Dinosaurs in Their Time, you’ll enjoy family-friendly activities such as:

  • Interact with Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s live animal ambassadors, including baby alligators, snakes, and skinks.
  • See collector Casey Bassett’s large collection of Jurassic Park themed memorabilia, and take photos with a replica Jurassic Park Jeep on Forbes Avenue in front of the museum.
  • Be among the first to meet our live-sized, juvenile Spinosaurus.
  • Search for fossils in a special Jurassic Days dig site.

Saturday, April 11

Earth Day & Spring Soil Spectacular
Noon–4 p.m.
Free with museum admission
Celebrate the earth and its vast riches with the museum! See what humans can do to help the planet. Uncover the secrets of soil from microscopic life to mysterious metals. Meet soil scientists, hunt for nematodes, and get some gardening advice.

Saturday, April 4

Annual Egg-cellent Egg Hunt
Noon–4 p.m.
Free with museum admission
Join us for our annual Egg-cellent Egg Hunt around the museum. Follow the clues that lead to the treats. This event is designed for children 3–10 years old. The first 600 children can join in the fun.

Saturday, March 28

Preservation Fair: Preserving your Family Treasures
Special hours: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Free with museum admission
Learn how to properly store and maintain your precious keepsakes. Learn what can be done to preserve your paper and digital photos. Bring your family treasures for free basic conservation advice. More than 30 conservators and vendors of conservation supplies and services discuss conservation issues and share valuable preservation information.

Saturday, February 21

Noon–4 p.m.
Free with museum admission
Discover some rare prehistoric and contemporary creatures from the collection! Meet Carnegie Museum of Natural History's scientific illustrator Mark Klingler, and learn how he brings fossils to life through pictures. Make your own creature.

Saturday, January 24

Frozen Day
Noon–4 p.m.
Free with museum admission
Join us as we celebrate winter! Meet a penguin. Learn about animal behaviors during the frozen months. Look closely at snowflakes and even make your own. Come dressed as your favorite Frozen or winter character to receive a special winter surprise.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Expedition Day
Noon–4 p.m.
Free with museum admission
What’s it like to go on a scientific expedition? Join Carnegie scientists as they talk about their travels near and far. See the tools they use, the food they eat, where they sleep, clothes they wear, and some of the things they have discovered. Come and let your imagination take flight as you go on your expedition around the world with our scientists.

Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, 2014

All Things Creepy
Noon–4 p.m.
Free with museum admission
It’s the time of year when mummies, bats, and bugs are about! Discover what creepy, or almost creepy, things the museum has on display and in its collections! Visitors 10 and under receive a complimentary treat bag to collect treats as they explore the exhibition halls. Come dressed in your costume and receive $1 off kids’ admission.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Specimen Identification Day
Noon–4 p.m.
Free with museum admission
Ever find something in your yard or on the beach and you aren’t sure what it is? Now’s your chance to find out! Bring your shells, bones, insects, rocks, and artifacts to be identified by experts. Our scientists examine your discoveries and help fill in all those questions you have.

Please note this is to identify specimens for amateur collectors; certifications of authenticity or appraisals will not be given. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Genetics Exploration
Noon–4 p.m.
Free with museum admission
This event is also part of the RACE: Are We So Different? Exploration Series 

Dig deeper into the traveling exhibition RACE: Are We So Different? with hands-on activities examining genetics. Learn about special topics in science such as DNA, heredity, and variation in living organisms. Explore these with educators from Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Carnegie Science Center.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Dippy’s Birthday Celebration
Noon–4 p.m.
Free with museum admission
Get out your party hat—it’s time to celebrate Dippy’s birthday! Our Diplodocus skeleton turns 115 years old this year, and we invite you to celebrate this milestone with us here at the museum. Examine 155-million-year-old rocks from the fossil bed where Dippy was unearthed and see real bones! Meet the first Carnegie scientist since 1899 to visit the location of Dippy’s discovery. The ToonSeum visits to show how dinosaurs have been portrayed in animation. Talk with our educators and learn all about Dippy and his dinosaur friends. Don’t forget to bring a homemade or bought birthday card for Dippy to receive $1 off admission! Don’t miss your chance to party with the coolest dinosaur in town!

Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22, 2014

Bug Out!
Noon–4 p.m.
Free with museum admission
Come on down and get a bugs’-eye view of the Museum of Natural History! Go off to the races for our bug sprint. Check out real, live insects, and see what they look like under the microscope. Live the bug’s life with us as we learn what makes an insect an insect and explore what it means to be a “true bug.” Insects live on every continent in every part of our world, so it’s only fair to get to know these amazing critters!