Directions & Parking


Carnegie Museum of Natural History is located in Oakland, in the east end of the City of Pittsburgh (Allegheny County). We are within walking distance of Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC, and Magee Women's Hospital.

Public Transit

Bus information is available from the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Routes that go near the museum include South Craig Street at Forbes Avenue (museum parking lot) or at Fifth Avenue (three blocks from museum).

GPS Coordinates

40.443901, -79.950337, N 40° 26.6341', W 79° 57.0202’

Driving Distances & Direction Links

Pittsburgh International Airport ≈ 22 miles/35.2 km
Downtown Pittsburgh ≈ 3.4 miles/5.4 km
Akron, OH ≈ 120 miles/190 km
Altoona, PA ≈ 96 miles/155 km
Baltimore, MD ≈ 250 miles/400 km
Buffalo, NY ≈ 220 miles/355 km
Cleveland, OH ≈ 140 miles/220 km
Columbus, OH ≈ 190 miles/300 km
Erie, PA ≈ 130 miles/210 km
Harrisburg, PA ≈ 203 miles/327 km
New York City ≈ 380 miles/610km
Philadelphia, PA ≈ 310 miles/500 km
Washington, DC ≈ 250 miles/400 km
Wheeling, WV ≈ 62 miles/100 km


The museum operates a six-level parking facility for cars and small vans. The lot is located directly behind the museum and may be accessed from the intersection of Forbes Avenue and South Craig Street. Clearance is 6' 8", with upper deck parking for larger vehicles (full-sized vans, campers, etc.). Bus and motorcoach parking is available in the bus lanes adjacent to Phipps Conservatory on Schenley Dr., behind the Carnegie Museums. Parking pay stations are located near the main entrance admissions desk and near the museum Portal Entry. Cash and credit cards are accepted at pay stations, and credit cards only are accepted at the parking lot exit lanes.

As of November 8, 2017, Carnegie Museums will alter the parking rate system for the onsite lot in Oakland. Visitors who use the parking lot on weekdays will receive a parking voucher at any visitor desk. This voucher will give a reduced parking rate when inserted with your ticket at all onsite parking stations. Please see below for updated rates.

Length of Visit  With Visitor's Voucher  Non-Visitor 
0 - 30 minutes FREE FREE
30 minutes – 1 hour $5 $5
1 – 2 hours $6 $11
2-4 hours $7 $12
4-6 hours $12 $17
Over 6 hours $17 $22
Evening Flat Rate $7 $7
Weekend Flat Rate $7 $7