November 2013

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Holiday Hours
Closed Election Day
Open Veterans Day
Closed Thanksgiving Day
Open the Monday after Thanksgiving


Dinosaurs in Their Time
Permanent Exhibition
First Floor

Dinosaurs in Their Time

Dinosaurs in Their Time is the first permanent exhibition in the world to feature scientifically accurate, immersive environments spanning the Mesozoic Era—the Age of Dinosaurs—arranged chronologically and filled with actively posed original fossil specimens. See dinosaurs like they haven’t been seen in 66 million years!

The historic, century-old Dinosaur Hall was closed in Spring 2005 for over two years of renovation and construction, resulting in the spectacular exhibition Dinosaurs in Their Time. The renovated and expanded exhibition illustrates the incredible diversity of life in the Mesozoic Era, placing the dinosaurs in dramatic, scientifically accurate poses amidst the hundreds of plant and animal species that shared their environments.
Click here for more information about the exhibition. 

Free with admission to Carnegie Museum of Natural History

The Hunt: A Tlingit Totem Pole carving and installation by Tommy Joseph
November 26–December 14, 2013
R.P. Simmons Family Gallery

The Hunt: A Tlingit Totem Pole carving and installation by Tommy Joseph

Witness history in progress as artist Tommy Joseph carves a traditional 16-foot Tlingit totem pole commissioned by Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Joseph will work in the R. P. Simmons Family Gallery so that visitors may watch him create this piece and view Tlingit artifacts related to the totem pole creation process. The completed totem pole will be permanently installed as a marker to the entrance of Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians. This project is made possible by the Emil Heuser Family.

Overnight Adventures:Dinosaur Encounters 
Friday, November 8 to Saturday, November 9

Travel back in time to explore Earth's past by investigating the lifestyle and behavior of giants such as Dippy the Diplodocus to the first tiny mammals. No bones about it—this is your best opportunity to explore Dinosaurs In Their Time up close!

Ages: Must be at least 6 years old

Cost: $35 per person, including chaperones. Fee includes a $10 non-refundable deposit due within 30 days of booking, and must be paid in full no later than one month in advance of the overnight. Unpaid reservations may result in cancellation of a program. No refund will be granted for withdrawals made with less than thirty days’ notice.

Chaperones: One adult for every 1–5 children (6 children=2 adults, etc.). Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone; adults must stay through entire overnight.

Accomodations: Participants sleep on carpeted and tiled floors as a group. No tents or air mattresses are permitted; sleeping bags, pillows, and a sleeping pad work well. Please dress appropriately for community sleeping. Access to electrical outlets available for special needs. 

Registration required. Contact Group Visits at 412.622.3289 or


Thanksgiving Day: Closed
Thursday, November 28, 2013

Please note: Hours and admission apply only to Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Carnegie Museum of Art at the Forbes Avenue location. Separate hours and admission apply to Carnegie Science Center and The Andy Warhol Museum, both on the North Side of Pittsburgh.

Neapolitan presepio 
November 29, 2013–January 12, 2014 (closed December 2-4)

Free with museum admission

A visit to Carnegie Museum of Art’s Neapolitan presepio, one of the finest Nativity scenes of its kind, has been a Pittsburgh holiday tradition since 1957. Handcrafted by artisans between 1700 and 1830, the presepio features lifelike figures and colorful details that re-create the Nativity within a vibrant panorama of 18th-century Italian village life. More than 100 superbly modeled human and angelic figures, along with animals, accessories, and architectural elements, cover a 250-square-foot area and create a memorable depiction of the Nativity as seen through the eyes of Neapolitan artisans and collectors.