Birthday Parties

Classic Birthday Parties >

What is involved in a classic party?

A classic party includes:

  • One hour use of a private party space in a museum classroom (30 minutes of themed games and activities and 30 minutes of free time for snacks and presents)
  • An energetic and friendly museum educator to assist you and your guests during your one-hour party
  • Decorations, candles, cups, plates, napkins, cutlery, music, drinks (punch and water), and chips and pretzels
  • Same-day admission to the Museums of Art and Natural History for all your party guests

Pick your theme!

Rock Star!

Party like a rock star in these blacklight parties. Guests not only get to celebrate with cosmic lighting and all things glow-in-the-dark, but you get to see how UV light can change the way anything looks—even rocks and minerals! Of course, our visiting rock stars can use their VIP status to check out the bling in Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems.

Party Like a Paleontologist

If you love everything about dinosaurs, then this is the party for you! Party guests take on the exciting role of paleontologist for the day, discovering fossils and digging in to what it takes to recover ancient dinosaur fossils! Of course, no dinosaur party at the museum is complete without a trip to see Dinosaurs in Their Time!

Egyptian Royalty Party

For those who enjoy the finer things in life, the Egyptian Royalty Party is a party fit for a pharaoh! Party guests enjoy Egyptian-themed activities such as learning how to make an Egyptian cartouche—a special way to write a name in hieroglyphics—and bead jewelry that can be taken home! Of course, no Egyptian party at the museum is complete without a trip to see Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt.

Awesome Add-Ons

  • Limited Time Only! Learn all about the transformation of caterpillars into butterflies at Amazing Butterflies—an exhibition that shrinks you down to the size of a butterfly for a fun adventure. Build your own butterfly, face off in a butterfly battle for dinner, and enjoy butterfly-themed activities with friendly museum educators. Cost: Classic party fee + $100
  • New! Meet-and-greet with Spiny, the museum’s 15 foot long, 10 foot high interactive Spinosaurus puppet! Spiny will come visit you and your guests exclusively—and you’ll have plenty of chances to snap selfies with our toothy-grinned dino pal. Cost: Classic party fee + $150
  • New! Get up close and personal with the museum’s 15 foot long, 10 foot high interactive Spinosaurus puppet! You’ll have exclusive use of the museum’s Earth Theater for a private, interactive experience featuring Dr. Dino and Spiny. Cost: Classic party fee + $250
  • Meet-and-greet with Rexie the Tyrannosaurus rex Costume Character! Cost: Classic party fee + $100
  • Live Animal Encounter in Earth Theater! Cost: Classic party fee + $100

Ready to set the date?

Classic Birthday parties are designed for children ages 4–12 and must be booked at least four weeks in advance. Party times available Saturdays and Sundays year-round at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. and can accommodate 25 guests. Cake and pizza catering is available and can be placed up to two weeks prior to the event.

Fees and Booking

Classic Birthday Party: $375 (Members $350)
$50 nonrefundable deposit due at time of reservation.
Balance of program fees, including payments for catering and all additional guests, is due one week before your scheduled party date.

Contact Program Registration at 412.622.3288 or email ProgramRegistration@carnegiemuseums.org to book your party.

New! After Hours Birthday Parties >

Blow everyone away with an after hours, private museum experience for your next birthday party!

What is involved in an after hours party?

An after hours party includes:

  • 2 hours of private party activities that you select
  • Energetic and friendly museum staff to execute your party

Select four activities to build your two-hour party:

  • Discovery Basecamp Exploration with Bonehunter’s Quarry 
  • Earth Theater viewing of dinosaur-themed video
  • Flashlight tour
  • Private gaming session in Earth Theater
  • Animal bowling
  • Land Before Laser Tag
  • Live Animal Encounter
  • Luminescent dance party
  • Cake/snack time (Includes water, kool-aid, chips, and pretzels). Guests may opt to bring in their own cake

Awesome Add-Ons

  • New! Meet-and-greet with Spiny, the museum’s 15 foot long, 10 foot high interactive Spinosaurus puppet! Spiny will come visit you and your guests exclusively—and you’ll have plenty of chances to snap selfies with our toothy-grinned dino pal. Cost: After hours party fee + $150
  • New! Get up close and personal with the museum’s 15 foot long, 10 foot high interactive Spinosaurus puppet! You’ll have exclusive use of the museum’s Earth Theater for a private, interactive experience featuring Dr. Dino and Spiny. Cost: After hours party fee + $250

Ready to set the date?

Birthday parties are designed for children ages 7–12 and must be booked at least four weeks in advance. Party times are available Fridays through Wednesdays year-round from 6-8pm and can accommodate 60 guests. Cake and pizza catering is available and can be placed up to two weeks prior to the event.

Fees and Booking

After Hours Weekend Party: $650 (Members $600)

$100 nonrefundable deposit due at time of reservation.
Balance of program fees, including payments for catering and all additional guests, is due one week before your scheduled party date.

After Hours Weeknight Party: $550 (Members $500)

$100 nonrefundable deposit due at time of reservation.
Balance of program fees, including payments for catering and all additional guests, is due one week before your scheduled party date.

Contact Program Registration at 412.622.3288 or email ProgramRegistration@carnegiemuseums.org to book your party.

Power of Poison - Coming Summer 2017

Poisons and Potions and Powers, Oh My!

Classic add-on (add $100 to classic party fee)

Explore a poisonous forest, or walk into a fairytale scene with an exciting poison-themed birthday party add-on! A friendly museum educator will help you concoct your own expansion elixir before you get a chance to explore Power of Poison – an immersive special exhibition that is all about poison in nature and literature.
Available for a limited time only: May 27 — September 4, 2017 during regular museum hours.

Witches and Wizards!

After Hours Birthday Party

Magic and science collide in this wizard-inspired birthday party that is perfect for Harry Potter fans! Make your own potions, and enjoy private, after-hours access to Power of Poison — an immersive special exhibition that is all about poison in nature and literature.
Available for a limited time only: May 27 — September 4, 2017 Fridays through Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m.

Accessibility: Features For All

Carnegie Museum of Natural History welcomes all visitors. We work to assist visitors with disabilities in obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, and in supporting equal access to services, programs, and activities.

To request special disability accommodations for our special programs, please contact Program Registration at ProgramRegistration@carnegiemuseums.org or 412.622.3288. To request special disability accommodations, please contact the museum at least two weeks in advance of visiting or participating in special tours, classes/camps, and other activities.