Take your class on a field trip to Carnegie Museum of Natural History, where active research happens every day. The museum offers a variety of guided and self-paced educational tours designed to meet your curriculum needs. Follow the four easy steps below to book your upcoming field trip!
Step 1. Before You Book Your Field Trip – Gather Information
- Field trips must be booked four weeks in advance.
- Have a preferred date and back up dates ready when booking.
- Have the number of children and adults attending your field trip.
- Know if your group has any special requests, like lunchroom reservations, accessibility needs, or curriculum focus.
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Step 2. Choose a Field Trip Format
Required chaperones and teachers are admitted free for field trips (1 adult for every 10 students) and additional chaperones can be included at a reduced admission rate. The cost per student below includes general admission to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History for the same day as the field trip visit. Costs listed below are applicable for groups of 10 students or more.
60 MINUTE GUIDED TOURS
$9 per student
Our interpreters will make your visit truly memorable by giving your group information behind the collections you’re most interested in and will inspire your curiosity with stories of our most renowned specimens.
SELF-PACED FIELD TRIP (MUSEUM QUEST)
$9 per student
Students receive a Museum Quest to guide exploration of specific exhibits and practice critical thinking skills. To help direct your group, chaperones are given an answer guide, and gallery staff are available to help you explore the exhibitions. These guides can also follow the field trip theme options below.
SELF-PACED GUIDE SHEET ADD ON TO A GUIDED TOUR
Additional $2 per student
Want to spend a little more time in the exhibitions with something to direct your group? Add a Self-Paced Museum Quest sheet to your already booked Guided tour and explore another area of the museum with materials our interpreters have prepared for you.
Step 3. Pick Your Field Trip Theme
Dinosaurs & Other Extinct Life
Investigate what fossils reveal about the plants and animals that lived at different times in the past. Compare and contrast the dinosaurs in our world-famous Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibition with each other and with other animals, exploring themes such as adaptation and form & function. Use observation and analysis skills to think like a scientist and bring the world of dinosaurs to life.
Rocks & Minerals
Explore the amazing properties of rocks and minerals in Benedum Hall of Geology and Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems. Use scientific thinking to investigate what those properties reveal about earth processes, such as how rocks form and are transformed. Learn about ways that rocks and minerals are important resources in our everyday lives.
Compare and contrast food, clothing, shelter, and play between your everyday experience and the diverse indigenous cultures represented in Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians, Polar World: Wyckoff Hall of Arctic Life, and/or Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt. Analyze cultural resources and museum dioramas to discover how cultures are shaped by unique natural resources in different geographic locations.
Animals & Plants Today
Go on an adventure through Africa and North America, discovering wildlife and plants in their natural habitats. Compare and contrast animal and plant adaptations and food webs in arctic, desert, forest, and grassland environments. Collect evidence from diorama scenes to interpret how weather and climate shape diversity and abundance of plants and animals.
Where We Live
Learn about Pennsylvania geology, animal and plant life, and native cultures in Benedum Hall of Geology, the Hall of North American Wildlife, and Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians. Observe evidence of how the landscape and inhabitants of Pennsylvania have been influenced by natural resources, and learn about current scientific research and conservation efforts focused on our local ecosystems.
Trace crucial links among animals, plants, and the biomes they inhabit, and discover the vital role that climate plays in these relationships. Explore museum exhibitions and collections to analyze how climate and ecosystems change over time. Choose an evolution focus to discuss geologic time, adaptation, and natural selection, or opt for a human impact focus to investigate the ways that humans and nature interact with each other and delve into the concepts of climate change and the Anthropocene.