Guided tours are great for adults and college groups who prefer a customized experience. These tours are designed with adults in mind but can be adapted for family groups. Please tell us if you have children in your group. Admission to both Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History are included. Extended tours include extra time for hands-on investigation of authentic specimens in a museum classroom.
Group Tour Pricing
|Program Type||Adults||Adults (65+)||College Students|
|Unguided (group discount rate for general admission)||$15||$11||$10.50|
|60-minute guided tour||$15||$11||$9|
|90-Minute guided tour||$17||$13||$10|
|Behind the scenes (dependent on scientific section schedules)||||||$25|
Due to covid-19, we are currently only offering unguided group discounts.
Costs listed above are applicable for groups of 10 or more. Cost includes one-day general admission to the museums. One complimentary admission is provided for groups of 10–20 people, and two complimentary admissions are provided for groups of 21+ people. Personal care aides are admitted free. Members are free with proof of membership for unguided groups only.
Book a Group Tour
To receive group pricing, you must have a group of ten or more and your visit must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance through the Group Visits Office. Smaller groups pay a ten person minimum. Member discounts do not apply to guided tours. Changes in attendance must be made at least one week in advance for groups to receive a refund. Full payment is due one week prior to visit.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History: 100 Years in the Making
Where did Carnegie Museum of Natural History get its specimens? How are exhibits made? Does the public see everything? Will new exhibit halls appear? Take this tour and discover what it takes to create a museum, and learn about all of the people who bring the museum to life.
Hillman Hall of Minerals & Gems
This breathtaking exhibition explores the science, beauty, and history of over 1,300 minerals on display. Learn about connections to the region’s industrial heritage, and explore the fascinating stories behind the acquisition and display of the museum’s world class collection of mineral and gems.
Travel from ancient Egypt to the Arctic and learn how anthropology has been used as a lens to explore diverse cultures. In Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt, analyze artifacts that reveal intricate details of ancient daily life and belief systems. In Polar World: Wyckoff Hall of Arctic Life and Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians, discover how unique regional ecosystems shape traditional and modern culture of diverse societies including the Tlingit of the Northwest Coast, Hopi of the Southwest, Lakota of the Plains, Iroquois of the Northeast, and Inuit of Canadian Arctic.
Natural History Safari
Go on a safari across the halls of North American and African Wildlife. This tour immerses visitors in the sights and sounds of diverse ecosystems across two major continents. Uncover hidden ecological niches, explore the history of the acquisition of large game specimens, and explore the art and science behind the museum’s historic nature dioramas.
Sampler: Introduction to the Carnegie Art and Natural History Collections
If you’re not sure what you want to see first, then the Carnegie Sampler is right for you! This overview of the great art and fascinating natural history collections will acquaint you with Pittsburgh’s premier cultural institution. Tour our architecturally significant historic buildings and learn about the intriguing history of Carnegie Institute and Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropic vision for his “Palace of Culture.”
The Treasures of Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Discover and explore many of the unique artifacts that are special to Carnegie Museum of Natural History. A mummy and its coffin, donated by Andrew Carnegie; the historic taxidermy diorama Arab Courier Attacked by Lions, installed over 100 years ago; and Teddy Roosevelt’s contributions to the Hall of African Wildlife are just a few of the exhibits to be explored during this tour of discovery.
Biomes: Climate and the Environment
Trace crucial links among animals, plants, and the biomes they inhabit, and discover the vital role that climate plays in these relationships. Review dioramas depicting diverse environments, and use evidence to infer how organisms respond to environmental change.
Form and Function
Handle real animal skulls from our education collection, observe their physical features, and draw inferences to the biology and behavior of living animals. Use interpretive skills in exhibition halls to explain how inherited structures help organisms survive and reproduce in different environments.
Furs, Feathers, Scales
Make connections between physical structures and biological functions by examining patterns in fur, feathers, and scales using state-of-the-art stereomicroscopes.
Adaptations and Ecosystems
Explore the museum’s wildlife dioramas in-depth, and discover the relationships between animals and plants across varied biomes. Examine adaptations for hunting, defense, and reproduction across diverse species using interactive museum exhibit materials.
Climate Change: Then and Now
Compare prehistoric and contemporary climate change, focusing on the adaptive responses of plants and animals in their habitats. Use real data and evidence to think about environmental change, and learn how scientists study these phenomena.
Evolution of Life
Utilize the museum’s collection to review how animals, climates, and ecosystems change over time. Discuss geologic time, adaptation, and natural selection as you examine fossils and explore the museum’s dioramas.
Discover how rocks and minerals reveal the history of Earth in Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems and other must-see museum spots. Discuss the processes of geology, like the rock cycle and fossilization, and the formation of geologic natural resources from building stones to fossil fuels.
American Indians: Treasures and Traditions
Familiarize yourself with the cultural heritage of four diverse Native American cultures. Discover how unique regional ecosystems shape the traditional and modern culture of diverse societies, including the Tlingit of the northwest coast, Hopi of the southwest, Lakota of the plains, and the Iroquois of the northeast.
Life in Ancient Egypt
Explore the geography and history of the Nile, and analyze artifacts that reveal intricate details of daily life and belief systems in ancient Egypt.
Look at the similarities and differences among indigenous cultures across the globe and throughout history in Polar World: Wyckoff Hall of Arctic Life, Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians, and Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt.
Pennsylvania Natural History
Observe evidence of how the landscape and inhabitants of Pennsylvania have been influenced by natural resources, leading to vast changes across millennia. Investigate the geological history of Pennsylvania, examine the intricate detail of Pennsylvania’s plants and animals in the museum’s classic dioramas, and learn about current scientific research and conservation efforts that are impacting our local ecosystems.