A New Natural History
We are not separate from nature; we are nature.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History follows up its groundbreaking 2017 exhibition We Are Nature: Living in the Anthropocene with an original visitor experience that weaves stories across the entire museum into an interactive journey spanning from deep time to our own times.
Fifteen focal points, interspersed throughout museum galleries, highlight the connections between humans and the rest of nature, culminating in a new interactive exhibition space that invites visitors to share their hopes and fears for the future, contribute to time capsules, and learn how they can work for a healthier, more equitable planet. Incorporating the interdisciplinary work of scientists, artists, educators, activists, and community leaders, We Are Nature inspires visitors from Pittsburgh and beyond to transform our relationships with the rest of the living world.
New Stories throughout the Museum
Towering dinosaurs, glittering gems and minerals, handmade vessels from ancient Egypt: your favorite exhibitions at Carnegie Museum of Natural History have many unseen connections.
New labels for this exhibit highlight research happening right here at the museum as we learn about the ways humans are shaping life on Earth and imagine together what the future could hold.
Time Capsules for 2027, 2035, and 2095
We Are Nature includes three time capsules created by artist and Science Communications Fellow Asia Ward, sculpted to represent tardigrades (also known as water bears), the tiny animals best known for their ability to survive in the harshest conditions. Visitors are invited to write messages to include in the time capsules that will be opened at three significant future dates.
2027 Time Capsule
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggests we have until 2027 to take bold action to avoid climate disaster.
2035 Time Capsule
The United States set a goal to have 100% carbon-free power sector by 2035.
2095 Time Capsule
Seven decades separate us from the 1950s, a time known as the Great Acceleration. What will the world look like seven decades from now?
“If we don’t care about the earth, which is our home, then we’re going to be miserable.”Hadassa, Braddock Farms
Hear from people working throughout the local community to make change including organizations you can join.
Current Community Partners include
- Braddock Farms: A Grow Pittsburgh location on the corner of Braddock and 10th Street that grows fresh produce
- Summer Lee, State Rep for the 34th Legislative District: Summer Lee is from Mon Valley and part of her message is fighting against environmental injustice for the community
- Western PA Conservancy: Protects and restores our region, providing us with clean water, healthy forests and wildlife
- Garfield Community Farm: Provides fresh produce and educational opportunities for neighbors and volunteers
Share your voice & Participate
Vote on topics you’d like to see explored in future museum exhibitions, share your thoughts on We Are Nature, and bring your old cell phones to our recycling center.
A custom-built penny-smashing machine located in the Wildlife Hall of North America, available through June 21, 2022
Some animals thrive alongside humans while many others struggle to survive. In this unique art installation, visitors are invited to choose two species—one adapting to a human-dominated planet and one endangered or extinct—that they would like to press on their Anthropocene souvenir penny. Visitors can also explore a set of curated cases displaying artifacts from museum collections about animals featured in the penny press.
Fauna is designed by Pittsburgh artist Shaun Slifer and collaborator Stuart O. Anderson, along with various illustrators.
All Photo credits: Amy Garbark, @amygarbark
Meet the Researchers
We Are Nature Blogs
- by Dr. Bonnie McGill US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland (a member of the Laguna Pueblo) recently initiated a task force to address …
- by Koa Reitz Reposted from Plant Love Stories. One of my earliest memories as a child is my friend finding a big …
- by Nicholas Sauer For better or worse, humans have left an impact on every corner of the globe, and Antarctica is no …
- by Jon Rice Why Lights Out Pittsburgh? Over the past eight years, scientists from Powdermill Nature Reserve have conducted research in Downtown …
- by Dr. John Wible The third Saturday in February is celebrated as World Pangolin Day, a day to raise awareness of this …
- by Dr. Bonnie McGill If you’ve visited the museum recently you may have noticed some new orange labels throughout the exhibit halls. …
- by Sara Klingensmith Mushrooms are becoming popular! Visitors to Powdermill Nature Reserve often bring photos of colorful mushrooms in hopes of learning …
- by Jo Tauber As you pass under the acacia tree in the Hall of African Wildlife, keeping wary of the leopard perched …
- by Shelby Wyzykowski In 1933, when British author James Hilton published the novel Lost Horizon, much of the world was in the midst …
- by Mason Heberling Leaves are gone, but fruits hang on This specimen of bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara) was collected by Bayard Long on …
- by Annie Lindsay All week leading up to the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), the weather forecast threatened heavy rain for December 18, …
- by Nicholas Sauer At this time of year, you’re apt see TV commercials in which cuddly and good-natured polar bears share delicious …