Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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

September 13, 2013


Carnegie Museum of Natural History Announces Kids and Family Programs for 2013–2014

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…Exciting programs for kids and families at Carnegie Museum of Natural History are a great way to explore nature and get hands-on with science. This information is as of September 13, 2013 and is subject to change without notice. Please visit the website,, for the most current information.  




Breakfast with Dinosaurs 

December 14, 2013—with a special appearance by Santa-saurus

April 19, 2014

May 10, 2014

8–10 a.m.

Breakfast served 8–8:40 a.m.

To register, contact Program Registration at 412.622.3288 or email 

Members: $65 per adult/child pair; $10 per additional family member (up to two)
Non-Members: $80 per adult/child pair; $15 per family member (up to two)
Children under 6 months free

All ages welcome


Let your little ones dress up as their favorite dinosaurs and come to the museum for a truly amazing family event! Eat breakfast while keeping a pterosaur-eye on your favorite Mesozoic herbivores and carnivores in Dinosaurs in Their Time! At 8:40 a.m., the tables are cleared promptly for very special hands-on activities. Same-day admission is included in the ticket price. It is a family fun experience your dinosaur-loving child will never forget! Seating is limited, so be sure to register early.


High chairs and boosters are not provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.



Winter Camps 

December 30, 31

9 a.m.–3 p.m.

$45 (Members $40) per day

Registration required by December 23

Contact Program Registration at 412.622.3288 or email Payment is due at time of registration.

Post-camp child care is available from 3–6 p.m. for an additional $10 per child, per day.


Experience the fun and excitement of summer camp in December! Investigate science and culture over your winter break at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Each day of camp features new experiments, exhibition explorations, and creative activities for ages 6–13. Sign up for one or both days. 


Monday, December 30 

Peculiar Paleontology (Ages 6–7) 

Investigate prehistoric life to the extreme, from a gigantic mosasaur to tiny mammals that shared the dinosaurs’ world! Investigate fossils, feathers, and more as you get an inside look at Mesozoic paleontology.


Egyptian Exploration (Ages 8–10) 

Learn about the fascinating customs, crafts, and culture of ancient Egyptians by exploring Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt. Try your hand at hieroglyphics, pottery, model mummification, and more.


Survivor Adventure (Ages 11–13) 

Through experiments and survivor challenges, investigate how animals and people adapt to life in extreme environments. Learn basic cold weather survival skills and investigate survival strategies of local plants and animals on a hike through Schenley Park.


Tuesday, December 31 

Life on the Nile (Ages 6–7) 

Journey up the Nile to discover awesome ancient Egypt. Learn about the role of animals in Egyptian life and lore. Explore the secret life of beetles by observing live insects and seeing how they measure up to the mystical ancient Egyptian scarab.


Rockhounds (Ages 8–10)

Take your interest in rocks to the next level with this in-depth geology investigation. Examine rocks, gems, minerals, and fossils in the lab and in our exhibition halls. Conduct experiments with model magma and lava to explore how geologic events change the face of the earth.


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. Investigate specimens from the collections to investigate ideas about dinosaur skin, muscles, and movement.



Overnight Adventures 

Select dates, Fridays, 7 p.m.–Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.

$35 per person, October–December 2013

$40 per person, January–May 2014

Must be at least 6 years old

One adult for every five children

To register, contact Program Registration at 412.622.3288 or 

Payment required 4 weeks in advance



Participants sleep on carpeted and tiled floors as a group. No tents or air mattresses are permitted; sleeping bags, pillows, and a sleeping pad work well. Please dress appropriately for community sleeping; warm layers recommend. Access to electrical outlets available upon request for special needs.



To preserve our collections, no outside food or drink. Please contact us to discuss special needs. Overnights include a snack, hands-on experiences, and a light continental breakfast of fruit, pastries, cereal, milk, juice, and coffee. Overnights do not include dinner; make sure participants have had their evening meal prior to arriving.


Night of the Living Carnegie: October 25 

Join us for a fright…we mean night…you will never forget. Tour the museum after hours and see the spooky things that come out after dark.


Dinosaur Encounters: November 8, December 6, January 17, February 7, March 28  

Travel back in time to explore Earth’s past by investigating the lifestyle and behavior of giants such as Dippy the Diplodocus to the first tiny mammals. No bones about it—this is your best opportunity to explore Dinosaurs in Their Time up close!


Mystery at the Museum: February 28 

A mysterious event has occurred at the museum—fossils and artifacts have gone missing! Join us as an overnight detective using your sleuthing skills to explore the exhibits of the museum attempting to crack the case.


All-in-One Adventure: December 13, January 10, February 21, April 11  

Explore the museum at night by going on a hands-on adventure of our amazing exhibitions and get a look at collections that are not normally on display. You’ll see it all in one amazing evening adventure!



Pajama Nights 

Select Saturdays, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

$25 per person

Recommended ages 2–8 years old

One adult for every child

To register, contact Group Visits at 412.622.3289 or 

Payment required at registration


Party in your PJs next to a grizzly! Wear your PJs and try out our Pajama Nights without actually staying overnight!


Creepy, Crawly Carnegie:October 26 

Let your little ones dress up as their favorite bug, butterfly, animal, or dinosaur! Explore the museum as a family to observe and learn how animals, bugs, and butterflies disguise themselves in nature by their colors and patterns.


Dinosaur Explorers and Friends!January 18, February 22, March 22 

Experiment together as junior paleontologists and see how scientists gather insight into the lives of extinct animals. Learn anatomy while walking like some of Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s famed dinosaurs. Practice counting and looking for shapes and patterns in the skeletons of prehistoric animals.






K-8 Classes 

To register, contact Program Registration at 412.622.3288 or


Fall Series 

Meets every other Tuesday, 12:30–2:30 p.m.

October 8, October 22, November 5, November 19, December 3, December 17

Early registration by September 20: $100 (Members $85)

Registration by September 30: $115 (Members $100)


Creepy, Crawly, Slippery, Slimy Science  

Grades K–2 (Suggested ages 5–7 as of September 1, 2013)

Discover nature’s slimy, creepy-crawly, gigantic, and microscopic inhabitants. Conduct experiments that delve into the movement, habitat, and senses of animals. Investigate the physical sciences and chemistry through observation and testing of phenomena.


Earth, Wind, and Water 

Grades 3–5 (Suggested ages 8–10 as of September 1, 2013)

Explore biodiversity and animal and plant adaptations underground, in the air, and under water. Learn how scientists do field research in different environments, and complete your own investigations with insect habitats, plants and seeds, bird-watching, and aquatic life.


Environmental Detectives  

Grades 6–8 (Suggested ages 11–13 as of September 1, 2013)

Use clues gathered from museum exhibits, collections, and experiments to explore environmental mysteries. Hands-on experiments demonstrate how aquatic habitats, including the plants and animals living in them, are affected by different environmental changes. Meet with museum scientists who are real environmental detectives.


Spring Series 

Spring Dates TBD

Early registration: $100 (Members $85)
Registration: $115 (Members $100)


Peculiar Paleontology 

Grades K–2 (Suggested ages 5–7 as of September 1, 2013)

Get an inside look at paleontology. Go on a dinosaur dig, prepare a fossil in plaster for transportation, and learn how fossils are processed from the field to the museum’s collections. Cover land, sea, and sky while hunting for unusual dinosaurs, pterosaurs, ichthyosaurs, birds, and mammals throughout the museum.



Grades 3–5 (Suggested ages 8–10 as of September 1, 2013)

From colossal fossils that reveal ancient marine worlds to a dissection of a real dogfish shark, compare and contrast jaws and teeth of all shapes and sizes. Perform experiments that compare feeding and defense strategies of different animals, from a prehistoric mosasaur to living insects.


Exploring Ecosystems 

Grades 6–8 (Suggested ages 11–13 as of September 1, 2013)

Animals and plants have amazing adaptations! Conduct hands-on experiments to determine why and how different strategies work in different environments. Explore museum exhibits to compare diversity and adaptations in a range of modern habitats and to discover how ecosystems have changed over millions of years.



High School Classes 

Grades 9–12(Suggested ages 14–18 as of September 1, 2013)

Meets Thursdays, 1–3 p.m.

$135 (Members $112) per eight-session series

To register, contact Program Registration at 412.622.3288 or


Fall Series  

Registration required by October 10

October 17, October 24, October 31, November 7, November 14, November 21, December 5, December 12


Chemistry of the Earth 

Review the basics of molecular structure and chemical reactions. Then, apply these concepts to investigations of earth science and environmental chemistry. Experiment with acid-base chemistry, and use acid tests to identify rocks and minerals. Investigate physical and chemical properties of solutions, set up crystallization experiments, and learn how molecular structure influences shape, color, and other mineral properties. Apply your understanding of acids, bases, and solutions to test environmental health in aquatic habitats. Learn about convection currents, and how they apply to plate tectonics, weather patterns, and more.


Spring Series  

Registration required by January 29

February 6, February 13, February 20, February 27, March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27


Intro to Nervous Systems 

Investigate how our brains and nervous systems process information about the world around us, and maintain autonomous functions like digestion, temperature regulation, and respiration. Examine skulls and brain structure in a variety of organisms to learn how sensory systems are organized. Compare the anatomy of eyes from different organisms and learn how lenses work. Investigate the biology of smell, taste, and innate behaviors in insects. Get an overview of respiration and experiment with pulse and breathing rate in different organisms. Investigate different digestive systems and strategies throughout the animal kingdom.



Youth Naturalist Institute 

Grades 5–8 (Suggested ages 10–13)

Meets Saturdays, 1–3 p.m.

$100 (Members $85) per six-session program

To register, contact Program Registration at 412.622.3288 or email Payment is due at time of registration.


Youth Naturalist Institute is a new Saturday workshop series where middle school students meet museum scientists and conduct original investigations using the museum’s exhibitions and collections. Each series wraps up with a special session where Youth Naturalists run public activities for museum visitors, raising awareness about environmental issues and sharing the excitement of scientific discovery.


Youth Naturalist Institute Leadership Board 

Help us make the Youth Naturalists Institute great! If you are interested in helping maintain our Facebook photos and plan future activities, ask for a Leadership Board application when you register. The Leadership Board meets noon–1 p.m. on the third and fifth sessions of each program, indicated with a + below.


Radical Recycling 

October 5, October 12, October 19+, October 26, November 2+, November 9

Investigate recycling from a variety of angles. Meet museum scientists who study nature’s recyclers such as insects, snails, and other invertebrates. Investigate the biology of mushrooms by taking a fungi foray in Schenley Park, and setting up experiments with growth conditions in the lab classroom. Explore the chemistry and physics of plastics, paper, and metal recycling through hands-on experiments and design engaging activities for museum visitors to spread the word about recycling.


Arctic Animals 

January 25, February 1, February 8+, February 15, February 22+, March 1

Learn about endangered arctic animals and how their lives are influenced by changing climate.


Tropical Trek 

April 5, April 12, April 19+, April 26, May 1+, and May 10

Investigate diverse tropical ecosystems and learn about conservation efforts.





Roads of Arabia 

Through November 3, 2013


An eye-opening look at the largely unknown cultural history of the Arabian Peninsula, this exhibition draws on recently discovered archaeological materials never before seen in North America. The exhibition showcases the Arabian Peninsula as a conduit for the spice and incense trade in the pre-Islamic period, through its time as the road to Mecca for Muslim pilgrims after the seventh century, up to the founding of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is organized by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution in association with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ExxonMobil and Saudi Aramco are gratefully acknowledged as principal co-sponsors of the tour of Roads of Arabia in the United States. Sponsorship is also provided by The Olayan Group and Fluor Corporation. Local sponsorship of Roads of Arabia is provided by Buchanan, Ingersoll, Rooney PC; Koppers; People’s Gas; and American Middle East Institute. Additional support is provided by the Layan Cultural Foundation.



Tlingit Totem Pole carving and installation by Tommy Joseph 

November 25–December 15, 2013


Witness history in progress as artist Tommy Joseph carves a traditional 16-foot Tlingit totem pole commissioned by Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Joseph will work in the R. P. Simmons Family Gallery so that visitors may watch him create this piece and view Tlingit artifacts and videos about the totem pole creation process. The completed totem pole will be permanently installed as a marker to the entrance of Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians. This project is made possible by the Emil Heuser Family.


RACE: Are We So Different?

May 10–October 26, 2014

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.



Free Tours and Family Activities 

The following tours and activities are free with museum admission.


Roads of Arabia Tours 

Saturday and Sunday through November 3

12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Travel back in time with one of our knowledgeable docents as they give you a closer look at 7,000 years of rich and largely unknown cultural history of the Arabian Peninsula.


Dinosaurs in Their Time Tours 

Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 and 3 p.m.

Thursday, 6 and 7 p.m.

Travel back to the Mesozoic with museum staff as your guide! See highlights of Dinosaurs in Their Time, including two colossal Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons, a mother and juvenile Apatosaurus, and world-famous Diplodocus carnegii. 


Natural History Tours 

Saturday, noon

Get up close and personal with various exhibitions, galleries, artifacts, and specimens all around the museum. Check daily guide for schedule.


Behind-the-Scenes Tours of Mollusks 

Fall dates: September 14, October 19, November 9, December 14

From octopuses to oysters, get an up-close look at the weird and wonderful collection of mollusks.


Discovery Basecamp 

During regular museum hours

Discovery Basecamp is a new 1,900-square-foot gallery devoted to hands-on, interactive learning for all ages features real and replica specimens, educational kits, and tools for observation. In this space, visitors enjoy a chance to slow down, rest, look closely at natural objects, hone their observation skills, and interact with museum staff and one another.


Bonehunters Quarry 

Saturday: 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Sunday: noon–4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 1–4:30 p.m.

Thursday: 1–7 p.m.

Experience the thrill of hands-on excavation at Bonehunters Quarry, Carnegie Museum of Natural History's interactive fossil dig. Be transported to Dinosaur National Monument in Utah, where Carnegie paleontologists have been digging since 1909. After being issued protective goggles, a chisel, and brush, chip away at rock matrix to reveal realistic fossil casts buried below. Try your hand at being a paleontologist—you, too, can help excavate a dinosaur or mammal! For children 10 and under, accompanied by an adult. All participants must wear protective goggles.



Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country and is redefining what it means to be a 21st-century natural history museum. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 22 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Through four new Centers, 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,  


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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,