Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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

March 7, 2011


Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History Announce 2011 Museum Summer Camp

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…Registration is now under way for summer camp programs at Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and Powdermill Nature Reserve, the environmental research center of Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The entire museum campus is a field for discovery and creativity, where kids investigate Earth, art, dance, science, and more through behind-the-scenes tours, hands-on encounters, and exciting activities.

Summer camps at the museums take full advantage of exciting permanent exhibitions such as the Scaife Galleries of ancient to contemporary art, the Bruce Galleries of Decorative Arts and Design, Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians, and the thrilling Dinosaurs in Their Time. Partnerships with Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece Fallingwater broaden experiences beyond the museum. Camps also include weeklong full-day camps at Powdermill Nature Reserve, located in Rector, PA, near Ligonier. 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 K12, Inc.

New for 2011 

            Summer camp at the museums still includes all of kids’ favorite activities, but has expanded this year to include even more experiences and opportunities for hands-on learning, discovery, and creativity. Be sure not to miss:

  • Youth Museum Institute for Ages 11–13
    This new summer experience invites middle-schoolers to experiment with science, culture, and design to create activities for use in public programs at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Develop skills in leadership and independent learning that last long after camp is over!

  • Overnights for Ages 11–13
    New this year, Carnegie Museum of Art offers two camps that include overnight stays at Fallingwater and Powdermill Nature Reserve.

Dates and Fees 

Weeklong half- and full-day camps at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History run from June 13 through August 12, 2011, and accommodate children ages 4 through 13, with additional programs available for preschoolers and high school students. Weeklong full-day camps at Powdermill Nature Reserve run June 13–17 and June 27–August 5 and host children ages 5 through 12. 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 for ages 4–5: Members $110/Non-Members $125
  • Full-day camps for ages 5–13: Members $200/Non-Members $220
  • Tuesday or Wednesday gallery play dates for preschoolers ages 3–4: Members $12/Non-Members $18
  • Fees for high school programs vary—a full listing is available here:
  • Pre- and post-camp are available for ages 6–13 for an additional fee. Pre- and post-camp are not available at Powdermill.
  • Some camps providing field trips may include an additional fee, as noted in the camp descriptions available online.

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: 

  • Art Cat’s Puppet Theater (ages 4–5): Make puppets and put on a play with Art Cat as your director. Create puppet characters, paint scenery, and make invitations for your family and friends to come watch the show.
  • Dance Your “Art” Out (ages 6–7): Five, six, seven, eight! Have fun creating art and dance for a Friday performance open to family and friends. Spend half of the day learning the moves with a dance teacher, and the other half creating colorful costumes and spectacular scenery with an art teacher.
  • Dream House (ages 8–10): Design a house limited only by your imagination! Get inspired by architectural drawings, models, and artworks in the galleries that represent houses from around the world and throughout history. Create floor plans, elevations, sections, and a model of the house of your dreams.
  • Eco-City (ages 11–13): Did you know that 40% of energy in the United States is used by buildings? Go on a walking tour of downtown Pittsburgh with staff from Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation and learn about sustainable principles. Design “green” buildings, and work with your fellow campers to create an entire “green” city.
  • Ceramics (ages 14 and up):Get your hands into some wet clay and learn to create 3-D objects through hand building and wheel construction. Ceramic works in the museum’s collection, from the ancient world to today, provide endless inspiration for your imaginative and technical experiments with clay and glazes.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History 

Carnegie Museum of Natural History offers a variety of nature and science camps for children ages 4–13. Children explore exhibitions that are based on the museum’s own scientific research, dig for dinosaur fossils in Bonehunters Quarry, take virtual tours in Earth Theater, and participate in hands-on learning in the Discovery Room. Camp highlights include:

  • Welcome to the Mu-zoo-eum! (ages 4–5): There are lots of living things at the museum! Observe turtles and fish in the Discovery Room, go birdwatching in Schenley Park, and teleconference with scientists from Powdermill Nature Reserve to learn about bird songs. Collect pill-bugs from outside for a mini-exhibit, and plant seeds to start your own living diorama.
  • Weird Science (ages 6–7): Science can get pretty crazy! Explore nature’s oddities—the slimy, slippery, creepy, crawly, and wacky—in our weird science camp. Watch a plant eat an insect, investigate why worms wiggle, create an obstacle course for ants, grow your own slime, and more!
  • Mummies and Mysteries (ages 8–10): Enter the world of kings, tomb raiders, and mysterious symbols to unlock the secrets of the past. Learn how anthropologists have cracked some of the greatest mysteries of all time, and then see if you can stump your fellow campers by creating your own secret messages and a mystery civilization scavenger hunt.  
  • Bringing Paleontology to Life (ages 11–13): Learn about the science and art that go into recreating a view of prehistoric life based on fossils from the field. Create design projects that test ideas about dinosaur skin, muscles, and movement, and use your experience to help us think of new ways to share the amazing story of paleontology with museum visitors. 

Powdermill Nature Reserve 

Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s environmental research center Powdermill Nature Reserve offers weeklong full-day nature programs for children ages 5–8 and 9–12. Campers explore the reserve’s trails to see wildlife up close and to learn about the environment through an exciting hands-on approach. Programs are offered June 13–17 and June 27–August 5. Pre- and post-camp are not available. Transportation to and from Powdermill is not provided. More information and a full listing of programs are available at, or by calling 412.622.3288.

Fun-filled days await children in the following camps:

  • Natural Wonders (ages 5–8): Start your lifelong journey through biodiversity here! Powdermill shares its secrets as children enjoy a week of nature games and activities focused on getting to know the area’s natural habitats. Which species are found in Pennsylvania? Why do some animals migrate and others stay put? And, most importantly, how can we protect our native plants and animals? All of these questions and many more are answered through hikes, age-appropriate explorations, stories, and experiences in the outdoors. Guest appearances include Carnegie Museum scientists studying birds, snails, and other local critters. Come wonder with us!
  • Outdoor Explorations (ages 9–12): Explorers only need apply! In-depth, hands-on scientific activities focus on protecting Pennsylvania’s amazing biodiversity. The week’s adventures include introductions to wilderness survival skills, orienteering, forest fire prevention, and shelter building. Through hikes, games, habitat studies, and special guest appearances by Carnegie Museum scientists, campers take their outdoor skills to the next level!


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,