Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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

January 13, 2011


Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are open to the public on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania… Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are pleased to welcome visitors to the museums on Monday, January 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., when schools and many businesses are closed for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The museums offer a place for quiet contemplation, to celebrate freedom of expression and creativity, and to consider the role of cultural diversity. Adult admission is $15, while seniors 65 and older are $12, and children 3–18 and students with valid ID are $11. Children 2 and under are admitted free. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Members always visit free! Admission includes both museums.

            Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, as part of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, are proud to honor the ACCESS card program. Those that receive benefits through an ACCESS EBT card can show their card to receive $1 admission for up to 4 people at any time.

With more than 1,800 works of art and 10,000 natural history specimens on view, there's a lot to see and do at the museums! Here’s a sampling of family-friendly art and natural history activities that are included with museum admission:

Bonehunters Quarry 

10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Experience the thrill of hands-on excavation at Bonehunters Quarry, Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s interactive fossil dig! After being issued protective goggles, a chisel, and a brush, scrape away at “rock” matrix to reveal realistic fossil casts buried below. You, too, can help excavate a dinosaur or mammal. For children 10 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must wear protective goggles.


Art Audio Tours for Families 

Kids and families may take a special self-guided audio tour of the Scaife galleries, narrated by Art Cat. Pick up headsets at the admission desk, or, on the weekends, at the top of the Scaife stairs.


ARTventures: On Reading 

12:30–4:30 p.m.

This gallery search takes you to paintings and photographs where people (and an animal or two) have found a quiet spot to enjoy a book. See if you can find the reader—sometimes hidden in full view.


Discovery Room 

10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Calling nature lovers of all ages to the Discovery Room! Investigate our world through hands-on activities and other exciting adventures for children and adults. When the Discovery Room is reserved by groups, hands-on materials for individuals may be checked out at the information desk, first floor, Grand Staircase. The Discovery Room provides Braille materials for many of its activities. Call Rhonda Kelly at 412.622.1950 for more information. The Discovery Room is sponsored by K–12, Inc.


Drop-in Tours 

12:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Enjoy an hour-long guided tour of Carnegie Museum of Art’s permanent collection, free with museum admission.


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,