Investigate the incredibly diverse plant life of North America and Western Pennsylvania in Botany Hall. Get lost in beautiful dioramas that depict wildly different biomes from all four corners of the United States. Learn about how animals and humans depend on plants for foods, shelter, medicine, and clothing. Discover how temperature and water affect plants by comparing a Florida everglade, an Alpine meadow on Mt. Rainier, an Arizona desert, and a wooded Pennsylvania valley. Identify herbs by their smells, and learn about photosynthesis and the food chain.
The hall also has several dioramas to show the plants and diverse habitats present in Western Pennsylvania. Local habitats like Lake Erie’s Presque Isle during the summer, a Warren County bog in the fall, and the Allegheny Natural Forest in the spring are all represented in Botany Hall.
- Collected on March 31, 1983, this specimen was found by Fred Utech and Masashi Ohara in Cullman County, Alabama. Fred was a …Read More »
- by Bonnie Isaac In looking through museum archives, I found a photograph that intrigued me. The image (above) looked very similar to the …Read More »
- Monarchs migrate farther than any other butterflies in the world– up to 3,000 miles and back. Milkweed is an important food source, …Read More »
- Butternut, a part of the walnut family, displayed in the Hall of Botany at Carnegie Museum of Natural HistoryRead More »