Carnegie Museum of Natural History

For more information, contact: Leigh Kish
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
412.622.3361 (0), 412.526.8587 (C)

March 14, 2012


Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History Announce 2012 Museum Summer Camp

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…Registration is now under way for summer camp at Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The entire museum is a field for discovery and creativity, where kids investigate nature, art, dance, science, and more, through behind-the-scenes tours, hands-on encounters, and exciting activities. Weeklong half- and full-day camps accommodate children from age 4 through high school.

Summer camps at the museums take full advantage of the museums’ unique and world-renown collections by offering campers opportunities to explore exhibitions such as Impressionism in a New Light: From Monet to Stieglitz, the Scaife Galleries of ancient to contemporary art, the Bruce Galleries of Decorative Arts and Design, M is for Museum, Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians, and the thrilling Dinosaurs in Their Time. Partnerships with Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture and Powdermill Nature Reserve, the environmental research center of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, broaden experiences beyond the museum. Carnegie Museum of Art also hosts high school workshops that help teens build their portfolios and hone their artistic skills.

Support for Summer Camps at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History is provided by PA Virtual Charter School.

New for 2012 

            Summer camps at the museums include even more experiences and opportunities for hands-on learning, discovery, and creativity. New this year:

  • Online registration and payment! Visit the summer camps website at to explore programs and registration information. When you are ready to book, visit to find the link to reserve and pay for camps.
  • Extended day trips and overnights! Select camps at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History include an extended day field trip or overnight at Powdermill Nature Reserve:
    • Get Lost camp: Spend the day exploring Powdermill's streams, navigating the woodlands, and building a shelter.
    • Youth Museum Institute: Pollution Solutions camp: During this extended day trip, you can trap insects, scout for reptiles, survey microorganisms, and explore the chemistry of water.
    • Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Bat, Bird & Bug Houses and Carnegie Museum of Art’s Painting Landscapes camps include an overnight stay at Powdermill Nature Reserve. Cook dinner over a campfire, go on a nocturnal nature walk, or paint moonscapes under the stars.
    • Afternoon half-day camps!  Choose either morning or afternoon sessions of the popular half-day camps Dino Dig, Water Works, or Mini Monets: Explore Impressionism. Whether your young artist is an early bird or your little scientist is an afternoon explorer, choose the timing that best fits your schedule.

Dates and Fees 

Weeklong half- and full-day camps at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History run from June 11 through August 17, 2012. Camps accommodate children ages 4 through 13, with additional programs available for preschoolers and high school students. Pre-camp and post-camp care is also available to make life easier on parents and extend the fun for kids. No camp is held on Wednesday, July 4. Art camps and pre- and post-camp care held the week of July 2–6 are prorated 20%; there are no Natural History camps during this week.

More information and a full listing of programs are available at or by calling 412.622.3288. Camp fees are as follows:

  • Half-day Camps, Ages 4–5 (afternoon session available for select camps)
    $125 (Members $110)
  • Full-day Camps, Ages 6–13
    $220 (Members $200)
  • Gallery Play Dates for Preschoolers, Tuesdays, morning OR afternoon session
    $18 (Members $12)
  • High School Workshops
    Times and fees vary; please visit for information.
  • Pre-camp Care
    $25/week per child (ages 6 and up)
  • Post-camp Care
    $75/week per child (ages 6 and up)

Some camps providing field trips may include an additional fee, as noted in the camp descriptions available online. A limited number of scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Carnegie Museum of Art  

Carnegie Museum of Art offers a variety of art and architecture camps for children ages 4–13, as well as preschool and high school programs. Through gallery tours, exposure to works by world-renowned artists, and hands-on art-making, camps allow children to develop their artistic skills and express their creative voice. Some high school programs are offered in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture. Camp highlights include:

  • Mini Monets: Explore Impressionism, Ages 4–5
    Learn about Impressionism in the exhibition Impressionism in a New Light: From Monet to Stieglitz. Take your art supplies outdoors and experience what it’s like to create art en plein air. Use paint and learn how to mix and apply colors to show natural light and shadow. Invite your family and friends to a mini Salon des refusés—an exhibition of works deemed inappropriate for inclusion in the 1863 Paris Salon because they were in the Impressionist style—in the Children’s Studio at the end of the week.
  • Kid Stuff: Games & Toys, Ages 6–7
    From Calder’s mobile to a giant-sized sandwich, see works by artists who take a playful approach to making art. Bring your favorite stuffed animals, toys, or games to use as arrangements for still life paintings. Map the museum and make a museum-themed board game. Get inspired by sculptures and portraits and make your own art character action-figure and trading cards to share with your new camp friends.
  • ARToons, Ages 8–10
    Find humor and stories in art. Get inspiration from characters and settings in the museum’s collection, and then develop your own ideas into characters and a comic strip to share with family and friends. Collaborate with your classmates to produce a graphic novel and take a copy home with you at the end of the week.
  • The Art of Performance, Ages 11–13
    Get inspired by video and performance art in addition to paintings and sculptures as you bring art to life during live performances. Surprise museum campers and visitors while participating in a flash mob in the museum’s galleries and lobbies. Work with a theater specialist and studio artist to learn acting techniques, design scenery, and create costumes for the grand finale performance on Friday.  

Carnegie Museum of Natural History 

The world is at your fingertips when you investigate science and culture at Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s summer camps. Through hands-on investigations, experiments, expeditions of our world-class exhibitions, and interactive games with other campers, experience the thrill of scientific discovery and wonder of the natural world. Explore global and local ecosystems, make observations, gather data, and examine ancient and modern cultures by close-up inspection of some of the museum’s 22 million objects and specimens. Camps are a special opportunity for kids 4–13 to travel back in time and around the world, in only five days! Camp highlights include:

  • C is for Camp, Ages 4–5
    Join us for an adventure into the exhibition M is for Museum—designed just for you! Each day of the week offers a different letter for in-depth investigation. In C is for Collect, learn how we collect our specimens and artifacts and make your own collection. Expand your perception by comparing X-rays at the light table and butterfly wings at the microscope station in L is for Look. End the week with independent exploration of Z is for The Zone, and show off what you’ve learned as you give your grown-ups a tour on Friday. M is for Museum closes August 30, so this camp is only being offered this summer. Sign up before it’s gone!
  • Animal Adventure, Ages 6–7
    Hey, animal-loving kids! Enjoy stories of outrageous animal friends and learn how dogs and horses work alongside humans in different cultures. You will smile when you see how some animals show affection. Dig deep to find the animal inside you and uncover clues about why people act the way they do. Experiment with dog and cat food to figure out which ingredients come from nature, and create your own recipe for a healthy pet snack. How are modern pets different from their wild ancestors? Interpret cave paintings of prehistoric animals and get creative in your own mural honoring the animals in your life. Meet special animal guests from the museum’s Discovery Room and from an animal-friendly organization. The week finishes up with an open house that welcomes your family and friends to raise awareness about helping local animals! 
  • Egyptian Exploration, Ages 8–10
    Join a world of fascinating customs and arts as you explore Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt. Examine Egyptian architecture and build a model city. Decode archaeological mysteries as you translate hieroglyphics and look for symbolic patterns in artifacts. Get creative with larger-than-life mural painting, pottery, and more as you transform your classroom into an Egyptian tomb. Study the significance of animals in ancient Egyptian culture. Learn to play the 5,000-year-old game Senet and make a game board to take home. The science of mummification will astound you when you try it on your own hot dog model!
  • Youth Museum Institute: Paleontology Illustration & Modeling, Ages 11–13
    What does it take to tell the story of prehistoric life? Learn techniques of scientific illustration and model-making. Design projects that test ideas about form and function in dinosaurs and other ancient animals. Use your experiences to develop activities that illustrate for museum visitor the amazing story of paleontology. Create scale drawings and life-sized murals of dinosaurs and the ecosystems in which they lived. Make a latex mold and plaster cast of a real fossil from our educational collection. Build models to test the strength and flexibility of dinosaur skeletons and muscles.


Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 22 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures. More information is available by calling 412.622.3131 or by visiting the website,