Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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

July 16, 2014


Dippy’s Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Museum of Natural History
July 19, noon–4 p.m.

 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania… Get out your party hat—it’s time to celebrate Dippy’s birthday! Carnegie Museum of Natural History is commemorating the 115th anniversary year of the discovery of our Diplodocus carnegii fossil skeleton with a museum-wide birthday party. 

Activities include party games, the chance to examine fossil remains and see real bones with a Carnegie scientist, and of course, a round of “Happy Birthday” with dinosaur-shaped Eat N’ Park Smiley Cookies for our favorite sauropod!  

Diplodocus carnegii was discovered by an expedition of Carnegie scientists on July 4, 1899.  Fondly named “Dippy” by the public, this 150 million-year-old sauropod was not only the most complete fossils of one of the largest dinosaurs discovered to date, but remains to this day one of the most recognizable around the world, with casts of the original Carnegie Museum of Natural History dinosaur on display at a dozen museums around the world.  

Dippy’s Birthday Celebration is free with museum admission, with drop-in activities, noted below, taking place all day between noon and 4 p.m. Activities are designed for kids and families. No registration is necessary.  

Dippy’s Birthday Celebration is sponsored by The Campus School of Carlow University, WQED, and Eat ‘N Park. Dippy’s Birthday Celebration is the second event in a new series of thematic days and weekends, called the Super Science Series.  


Special Offer  

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is also offering two free tickets to the Friday, August 1 performance of Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular at the CONSOL Energy Center to the first 50 people who purchase a Premium Membership. Current Members can also take advantage of a 30 percent discount on tickets to the August 1 performance. For more information visit our website:



Dinosaur Train with WQED  

Activities: ongoing  

Special screenings: 1:30 and 2:45 p.m.  


Join WQED’s Education Department at the party for fun and educational hands-on activities and festive giveaways from PBS Kids’ television program Dinosaur Train. Help us gear up for a new one-hour special called Dinosaur Train Classic in the Jurassic (premiering Monday, August 18 at 9 a.m. and noon on WQED-TV) by attending the sneak-peek screening at 1:30 and 2:45 p.m. in the Earth Theater. Seating is first-come, first-served.  


“Meet the Scientist” with Albert Kollar, Geologist  

1:15, 2:15, and 3:15 p.m.  


Step back in time to Sheep Creek, WY, the 150-million-year-old fossil bed where Diplodocus carnegii was discovered in 1899. Carnegie geologists Albert Kollar and David Brezinski’s recent research, Geology of the Carnegie Museum Dinosaur quarry site of Diplodocus carnegii sheds new light on how Dippy became a fossil. Meet Albert as he shares this experience with you. Learn how scientists conduct field research to rediscover the science of the past.   


Alligator Encounter  

1, 2, and 3 p.m.   


Meet Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s two newest reptile members, baby alligators Dottie and Hunter! See how these amazing reptiles have adapted and survived throughout history. Be the first visitors to welcome them!  


Let’s Sing Together  

2:30 p.m.  


Sing Happy Birthday to our favorite dinosaur—“Dippy!” First 300 receive a cookie. Courtesy of Eat ‘N Park.  


Play Party Games  



The ToonSeum and Dinosaurs in Animation  



Stop by the ToonSeum’s table and discover dinosaurs through time in animation. See dinosaur illustrations, make a finger puppet, and be sure to help make a birthday card from Gertie the Cartoon Dinosaur to our favorite dinosaur at the museum.   


Excavation Station  



Search through the sand and unearth a piece of the puzzle. Work like a scientist to locate where your piece fits in the dinosaur’s anatomy.  


What’s for Dinner?  



Examine teeth and claws from various dinosaurs. Compare meat-eating and plant-chomping dinosaurs to other animals alive today.   


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,