June 2014

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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.
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Free with admission to Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Michael Dyber: Master of Optical Illusion
May 31–August 31, 2014
Wertz Gallery

Michael Dyber: Master of Optical Illusion

Michael Dyber is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost lapidary artists in the world today. He has won 23 national and international awards for his unique gem carvings. Using his own trademarked cutting techniques, Dyber creates stunning artworks that appear to bend light while interacting with each gemstone’s natural colors. Michael Dyber: Master of Optical Illusion is the artist’s first solo show at a major museum.

Free with admission to Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Film + Video

The New Black
Thursday, June 12, Doors open at 5 p.m.



Super Science Weekend: Bug Out!
Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22, Noon—4 p.m.

Super Science Weekend: Bug Out!

Come on down and get a bugs’-eye view of the Museum of Natural History! Go off to the races for our bug sprint. Check out real, live insects, and see what they look like under the microscope. Live the bug’s life with us as we learn what makes an insect an insect and explore what it means to be a “true bug.” Insects live on every continent in every part of our world, so it’s only fair to get to know these amazing critters!

Free with admission to Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Fourth Thursday Features: We Breathe the Same Air / We Bleed the Same Blood
June 26, 6–7 p.m.
Third Floor Jurassic Overlook

Dessie BeyFeaturing poet Dessie Bey accompanied by George Gist on acoustic bass, this exploration expands on the themes of RACE: Are We So Different?. Join them as they explore the internal crevices of the makings of America. Dessie’s original poems and George’s renditions of Miles Davis’s All Blues and John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme promise to provoke compelling thought.

Dessie Bey is the author of three poetry books and editor of Three Rivers Run Deep: A Pittsburgh Poet’s Anthology. She is the co-founder of the Langston Hughes Poetry Society of Pittsburgh and a freelance writer. Dessie conducts poetry reading and writing workshops for all ages and is co-founder of Sankofa Girls Rock. She is also the principal organizer of “Slave Narrative Readings” for Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.

George Gist is an internationally recognized fine artist and muralist. He is an accomplished acoustic bass player and co-founder of the quintet Jazz, Inc. Dessie and George have collaborated for special projects over the course of six years.

Part of the RACE: Are We So Different? Exploration Series 

Free with admission to Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Special Exhibitions

RACE: Are We So Different?
March 29–October 27, 2014
R.P. Simmons Family Gallery

RACE: Are We So Different?

RACE: Are We So Different? is a groundbreaking exploration of the experience of living with race in America. The exhibition weaves together personal stories of living with race along with expert discussions of the history of race as a concept, the role that science has played in that history, and emerging research that challenges the foundations of what we perceive as race. Interactive multimedia components, historic artifacts, iconic objects, and compelling photographs offer visitors an eye-opening look at a topic that is fundamental to our shared human experience.

Developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, RACE: Are We So Different? is the first nationally traveling exhibition to tell the story of race from biological, cultural, and historic points of view. These diverse perspectives merge into an unprecedented examination of race and racism in the United States.

A robust schedule of programming in support of RACE: Are We So Different? is planned throughout the run of the exhibition. For more information on programming or to inquire about collaborating with the museum, please contact Special Projects Manager Ashley Kunkle at

Free with admission to Carnegie Museum of Natural History