Face Masks Are Required
Visitors age 2 years and over are required to wear masks or other close-fitting face coverings over the nose and mouth. Museum and Powdermill staff and volunteers will be wearing masks, too. We follow this important updated PA Department of Health guideline to protect ourselves and each other. Visitors who, for medical reasons, cannot wear a mask or other close-fitting face covering may instead wear a plastic face shield that covers the nose and mouth, extends below the chin and to the ears, and leaves no exposed gap between the forehead and the shield’s headpiece. In all circumstances, an appropriate face covering of some kind is now required of all our visitors. If you have questions, please call and speak with a Visitor Services representative at 412-622-3131. If you are unable to wear a face mask or a face shield, we invite you to explore our virtual offerings at Carnegie Museums From Home, until the time comes when mask-wearing is no longer required.
Please note: We reserve the right to require that visitors who do not follow posted safety guidelines or instructions from our staff will be asked to leave the premises. Failure to comply with this policy or rude or aggressive behavior will not be tolerated. Please see our Visitor Conduct Policy for more information.
Visitors Must Reserve A Timed Ticket
For your safety and comfort, we’re limiting admissions to our museums through timed ticketing so that the number of visitors will never exceed 15% of building capacity at any given time. Members must also reserve their free timed tickets in advance.
Discounts for Access/EBT card holders, Military, and Students at Pitt, CMU, and Chatham are available for visitors on a limited walk-up basis. Eligible visitors are asked not to purchase a timed ticket but to request a discount from Visitor and Museums Services staff upon arrival at the museum. Please bring your ID with you for your discount and entry. To reserve a specific time in advance with the above applicable discounts, you can call us at 412-622-3131.
Timed ticketing to visit Powdermill Nature Reserve is currently not required.
At Carnegie Museums, we are committed to the safety of our staff and all who visit. Our visitor guidelines are designed to help keep you and our staff members and volunteers safe while you enjoy your experiences at the museums. Visitors will receive temperature screenings when they arrive and are required to wear masks and observe social distancing during their visits.
Before arrival, visitors to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History should consider the following:
- Have you or anyone in your group been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
- Are you or anyone in your group experiencing a cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, sore throat, or new or recent loss of taste or smell?
- Do you or anyone in your group have a temperature of 100.4◦ F/38◦ C or greater?
- If you or anyone in your group answers “yes” to any of these questions on the day of your visit, we respectfully ask you NOT to attend the museums for the safety of all.
Upon Your Arrival:
- You and everyone in your group will be required to wear face masks that cover your nose and mouth at all times.
- You will each be asked if you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms, which will be listed on nearby signage. If you or anyone in your party answers “yes” to any of the symptom screening questions, you will be respectfully asked to visit at another time for the safety of all.
- You and everyone in your group will undergo temperature checks using a touchless thermometer. If a temperature registers 100.4◦ F/38◦ C or greater, you can request a second temperature check.
- NOTE: If both readings show a temperature of 100.4◦ F/38◦ C or greater or any visitor declines the temperature screen or to wear a face mask, that visitor will be asked to visit at another time.
- All groups must stay a minimum of 6 feet away from other groups, staff, and volunteers, and follow on-site signage and markings regarding social distancing.
Please inform one of our staff members if anyone is not adhering to these or other posted social distancing guidelines.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping everyone safe.
Designated Hours for High-Risk Visitors
If you consider yourself high-risk due to age (65+) or a medical condition, we have designated a time for you to visit: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon.
Social Distancing at the Museum
When you visit the museum, you’ll see signs reminding you to maintain a safe social distance. Please follow these and other directional signs and remember to give everyone enough space—at least six feet between your group and others around you!
For Large Groups
Unguided tours are great for groups who prefer a more customized museum experience or any group larger than 10 people! Admission to both Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History are included.
For groups visiting the museums, at least 6 feet of distance must be maintained between individuals within the group who are not from the same household. For safety reasons, a large group visiting the museums may need to be divided into smaller groups, even when all members of the large group are from the same household.
Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History have always been concerned about the air quality in our galleries and exhibits for guest comfort and the care of our collections. The quality of the air circulating in our facilities is even more important during the current pandemic. One of the facilities team’s top priorities is to monitor all HVAC systems, regularly checking all air filters in our buildings to ensure they are functioning correctly. Our facilities team has also increased the amount of outdoor air introduced into all ventilated areas by up to 15%, which further improves ventilation in our office and gallery spaces. The exceptions are certain climate-controlled art galleries and collection-storage areas. We are also periodically spraying air filters with an anti-microbial viricide to ensure that circulated air in our buildings is sanitized before it is blown into office and non-exhibit spaces.