Who visits the museum?
Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History serve approximately 300,000 visitors per year. Though we attract visitors from all over the world, our audiences are primarily regional. According to zip codes collected onsite, 83% of visitors are from Pennsylvania, with 80%—approximately 240,000 visitors—hailing from Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington, Butler, Beaver, and Fayette Counties.
Families with children under 18 comprise approximately half of the visitors to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, according to onsite customer surveys collected since 2007. Of our 300,000 annual visitors, approximately 85,000 are Members. The museums are strongly committed to reaching underserved communities: approximately 26,000 people visited for free in 2010 thanks to museum free admission programs and free access days. In 2010 alone, more than 11,000 children and families visited through the museums’ $1 admission program for anyone who presents the ACCESS card for food, medical, or cash assistance. Please note that the museums receive no government funding whatsoever for the ACCESS card program. In addition, 55,000 people received discounted admission in 2010.
The museums are a major community resource for schools and youth groups from our region. Over the past five years, approximately 185,000 students have taken field trips to the Art and Natural History Museums. In 2010, the Art and Natural History museums together served 35,913 students through school and youth group field trips.
Field trips to Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Over the past five years, approximately 141,500 students ages pre-K through high school took field trips to Carnegie Museum of Natural History. In 2010 alone, 27,388 students from 111 Pennsylvania school districts in 22 counties took field trips to the Museum of Natural History. The Museum of Natural History also provided free group tours for 1,500 children in 2011 through the nonprofit organization Tickets for Kids.
Free admission for college students
Thanks to free admission relationships with many regional universities—including Carnegie Mellon, Pitt, Duquesne, Point Park, Carlow, and Chatham—which reimburse the museums for a nominal fee for each student visit, Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History welcomed 14,025 college students for free in 2010. Since the creation of the free admission program in 2000, approximately 121,000 college students have visited the Art and Natural History Museums at no cost to the students.