Group Visits—Kids and Schools

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At Carnegie Museum of Natural History, learning is an adventure like no other!  

Our world-class research and unique scientific collection are at the heart of your group’s field trip. There’s nowhere else in western Pennsylvania where your group can learn about science, nature, and world cultures all in one place! 

How do I schedule my group program?

Build your field trip around one of our three program formats. In each format, experienced museum staff orient your group with a focused exploration of the topic of your choice.

Programs - Museum Quest 

Tours
Great for groups who prefer a customized experience and discussion-based inquiry.

Museum educators highlight our most popular exhibitions while engaging your group with probing questions about hidden details and museum treasures. All tours make use of interactive exhibits with stops to investigate touchable educational collections. Extended Tours include extra time for hands-on investigations in a classroom. Available at all grade levels. 

Programs - Skill Builders 

Skill builders
Great for in-depth exploration of specific galleries and building skills that can structure your exploration throughout the day.

Begin with a focused investigation led by a museum educator that encourages your students to develop a specific scientific skill. Then, small-group challenges in an exhibition hall allow time for your students to practice and apply that skill. Students practice critical thinking and apply science knowledge in new contexts with the support of knowledgeable museum staff. Available for grades 6-12. 

Programs - Museum Quest 

Museum Quest
Great for groups who prefer a quiet space for a whole-group orientation and want self-paced exploration time.

Begin with a friendly orientation for students and chaperones where a museum educator reviews your personalized schedule, museum maps, and gallery guidelines. Then, participate in a focused observation activity that sets up independent museum exploration. Each student leaves with a pencil and Museum Quest—an observation workbook containing activities that guide exploration of specific exhibits and practice 21st-century critical thinking skills. Chaperones receive an answer guide, and gallery staff can coach your group as you explore the exhibitions. Available for grades 2-12. 

Museum Quest can also be scheduled as an add-on to other program formats

Meet a Scientist

The stories of exploration, research, and STEM careers come alive when you hear about a journey directly from a professional scientist. Click here to learn more about the Meet a Scientist program. 

Add-ons

To further structure your visit, choose an add-on experience: a visit to Bonehunters Quarry or a self-paced Museum Quest.

Expand your experience

You may also co-book a group experience at Carnegie Museum of Art.

Browse programs available by grade.


Register early!


Field trips require four weeks’ advance registration. 

September–March Scheduling visits September through March has its advantages—more flexibility with program scheduling, additional support from museum staff, and a more leisurely experience in the galleries.

April–June is a prime season for school group visits. Book early to ensure you receive your preferred dates!

Group Discounts

To receive group pricing, you must have a group of ten or more and your visit must be scheduled in advance through the Group Visits Office. Smaller groups pay the ten person minimum. Member discounts do not apply to guided tours.

targetSchool field trip funding support, including transportation, is sponsored for some programs by Target. To find out whether your school qualifies, call 412.622.3289 or email GroupVisits@carnegiemuseums.org.

Inclement Weather

Should hazardous conditions result in cancellation, announcements will be made on television stations KDKA, WTAE, and WPXI.