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|Adults 65 and over:||$14.95|
|Students with ID:||$11.95|
|Children 3 to 18:||$11.95|
|Children 2 and Under:||FREE|
|Access Card Holders:||$1.00|
Half-price weekdays after 3 p.m.
General Admission includes both Natural History and Art Museum
Carnegie Museum of Natural History is located in Oakland, one of Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhoods. The museum is accessible by bus and is within walking distance of Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Pittsburgh, UPMC, and Magee Women's Hospital.
40.443901, -79.950337, N 40° 26.6341', W 79° 57.02
Map4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
|Sunday||10:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Monday||10:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Wednesday||10:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Thursday||10:00 am - 8:00 pm|
|Friday||10:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Saturday||10:00 am - 5:00 pm|
Holidays: The museum is closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Events and Special Exhibitions
In order to maintain a safe, enjoyable environment for our visitors and preserve our collection, Carnegie Museum of Natural History has a list of policies.
- Some things in the museum are interactive, but some things are not. Please don’t touch objects or display cases unless otherwise indicated. Also, please stay at least 18 inches away from all objects and avoid leaning on display cases.
- Enjoy food and beverages in dining areas only.
- Some items can damage artworks and specimens. Please check umbrellas and all bags larger than 14 x 17 x 8 inches in lockers. Oversized objects may be checked at admission desks, but museum staff are not responsible for their safety. All items are subject to inspection, and the museum reserves the right to decide what should be checked.
- Nothing is permitted to be carried on one’s back, including backpacks, drawstring bags, and purses. We simply ask that items typically carried on one's back are carried in another way or checked into lockers.
- Baby carriers must be worn facing front. Backpack-style carriers may be checked at admission desks or carried in another way. We are happy to loan strollers during your visit.
- Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by adults. Please don’t let children under the age of 12 push strollers or wheelchairs.
- Children may not be carried on shoulders or held over objects and displays.
- Have fun, but don't run, push, or shove.
- Security officers reserve the right to inspect all bags, boxes, or packages upon entry and exit.
- No weapons, firearms, or hazardous materials are permitted on museum property.
- City ordinance prohibits smoking, including vapor devices, inside the museum and within 5 feet of entrances.
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The museum welcomes all visitors. We work to assist visitors with disabilities in obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, and in supporting equal access to services, programs, and activities. Please note that requests for accommodations should be made at least two weeks prior to your visit. For specific questions about wheelchairs, strollers, or other programmatic or equipment needs, see Visitor Services at the museum information desk or call 412.622.3131.
Please contact Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s Accessibility Coordinator with concerns regarding accessibility for visitors with disabilities at the museums. On weekdays, call 412-622-6578 or email email@example.com. For more information, read the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Notification/Resolution Procedure under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Accessible parking spaces are available in our parking garage entered at the corner of Forbes Avenue and South Craig Street.
If a visitor is accompanied by a caregiver, the caregiver will receive complementary admission to the museum.
The museum is wheelchair accessible. Power assist doors are located at the museum’s main entrances at the front of the building on Forbes Avenue, at the rear of the building via the parking garage, and at the Portal Entry.
Standard, manual wheel chairs are available free of charge at museum coat rooms on first come, first served basis. We also welcome your personal manual or motorized wheelchairs, walkers, or scooters. The museum’s dining areas and gift shops are wheelchair accessible, and wheelchair accessible restrooms are available.
Ice Cream Discount at Klavon’s
Museum members receive a 20% discount at Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor in the Strip District in celebration of their new ice cream flavor—Dippy Dino Rocks!
Dippy, our museum’s most famous dinosaur, has inspired young paleontologists for years, and his statue on Forbes Avenue inspires selfies outside of the museum every day! Most recently, Pittsburgh’s favorite dinosaur was the inspiration for a new flavor of ice cream that includes mint based ice cream with chocolate chip cookie dough, chocolate chips, and fudge ripple. Visit Klavon’s, and try it out!
Please note that Dippy Dino Rocks is not sold at the museum.
Discounted admission rates after 3 p.m.
50% off of regular admission rates on Weekdays after 3 p.m. No other coupons or discounts apply.
Normal parking fees apply. Admission to paid Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History programs is not included.
Present Membership card to receive $1 off admission for up to six people.
Active US Military
As part of the Blue Star Museums Program, active US Military personnel and their families receive free admission to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History from Armed Forces Day (May 18) through Labor Day. Offer is valid for up to four people per party.
Active US Military personnel receive 50% off admission to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Offer is valid for up to four people per military ID.
Pennsylvania ACCESS/EBT Card
Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card
Present your Electronic Benefit Transfer card (EBT Card) from any state (such as, for example, Pennsylvania ACCESS card, Ohio DIRECTION card or West Virginia MOUNTAIN STATE card, etc.) and receive general admission for up to four people at $1 each at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. This discount applies to the card issued by each state to administer government benefits payable to the cardholder. This discount does NOT apply to the Port Authority ACCESS card. Simply present your EBT Card along with a matching photo ID to receive the discount. This program is supported by BNY Mellon.
Free Student Admission with Valid ID (only for universities listed below)
These offers apply to individual students only. Classes or other student groups of 10 or more seeking group discounts must pre-register with the Group Visits Office by calling 412.622.3288.
Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, The Warhol, and Carnegie Science Center
Chatham University: Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, The Warhol, and Carnegie Science Center
Duquesne University: students from GR Sciences, GR Nat/Env Science or UG Nat/Evn Science only: Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History and Carnegie Science Center
Point Park University: Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History and The Warhol
University of Pittsburgh: fall/spring semesters only: Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
Port Authority Transit Riders
Present monthly Port Authority Transit bus pass to receive $1 off admission for up to four people.
The museum operates a six-level parking facility for cars and small vans. The lot is located directly behind the museum and may be accessed from the intersection of Forbes Avenue and South Craig Street. Clearance is 6' 8", with upper deck parking for larger vehicles (full-sized vans, campers, etc.). Bus and motorcoach parking is available in the bus lanes adjacent to Phipps Conservatory on Schenley Dr., behind the Carnegie Museums. Parking pay stations are located near the main entrance admissions desk and near the museum Portal Entry. Cash and credit cards are accepted at pay stations, and credit cards only are accepted at the parking lot exit lanes.
As of November 8, 2017, Carnegie Museums and Carnegie Library will alter the parking rate system for the onsite lot in Oakland. Visitors who use the parking lot on weekdays will receive a parking voucher at any visitor desk. This voucher will give a reduced parking rate when inserted with your ticket at all onsite parking stations. Please see below for updated rates.
|Length of Visit||Price with visitor's voucher||Regular price|
|0 - 30 minutes||FREE||FREE|
|30 minutes – 1 hour||$5||$5|
|1 – 2 hours||$6||$11|
|Over 6 hours||$17||$22|
|Evening Flat Rate||$7||$7|
|Weekend Flat Rate||$7||$7|
Should hazardous conditions result in cancellation, announcements will be made on television stations KDKA, WTAE, and WPXI.
See our Frequently Asked Questions, call 412.622.3131, or contact the website team.
Visit the Membership site for a list of reciprocal museums. Members of other museums: please check with your institutions for a list of their reciprocal museums.