Grades 6–12

Program Formats

Programs - Tours

Tours / Extended Tours

60/90 minutes, $9/$10 per student

Great for groups who prefer a customized experience, discussion-based inquiry, and want to connect ideas across several galleries.

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. 

Programs - Museum Quest

Museum Quest

Self-paced, $9 per student

Begin with a customized orientation to your schedule, museum maps, and gallery guidelines. Follow up with a self-paced activity to help you explore the museum. Students receive a Museum Quest to guide exploration of specific exhibits and practice 21st-century critical thinking skills. To help direct your group, chaperones are given an answer guide, and gallery staff are available to help you explore the exhibitions.

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


Topics for Grades 6–12

Ecosystems & Environment

Animal Adaptations
Program format: Tour 

Discuss biomes, food webs, and predator-prey relationships as you explore amazing adaptations of animals in diverse ecosystems throughout the museum.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
4.1 Ecology
 

Biomes: Climate and the Environment
Program format: Tour 

Trace crucial links among animals, plants, and the biomes they inhabit, discovering the vital role that climate plays in these relationships. Discuss what you see in dioramas depicting diverse environments and use evidence to infer how organisms respond to environmental change.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
 

Explore Ecosystems
Program format: Museum Quest 

Put your observation skills to the test as you explore diverse habitats in classic museum dioramas. Compare and contrast animal and plant adaptations in arctic, desert, and grassland environments.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
4.1 Ecology
 

Form and Function
Program format: Extended Tour 

Handle real animal skulls from our education collection. Observe their physical features and draw inferences to the biology and behavior of living animals. In the exhibition halls, use interpretive skills to explain how inherited structures help organisms survive and reproduce in different environments.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
 

Furs, Feathers, Scales
Program format: Extended Tour 

Make connections between physical structures and biological functions as you take on challenges that explore animals in their habitats. This extended tour includes extra time to examine patterns in fur, feathers, and scales using stereomicroscopes.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
 

Paleontology & Geology

Climate Change: Then and Now
Program format: Tour 

Compare prehistoric and contemporary climate change, focusing on the adaptive responses of plants and animals in their habitats. Use real data and evidence to think about change and learn how scientists study these phenomena.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences
 

Evolution of Life
Program format: Tour 

Investigate how animals, climates, and ecosystems change over time. Discuss geologic time, adaptation, and natural selection as you examine fossils and explore the museum’s dioramas.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences
 

Geology
Program format: Tour 

Discover how rocks and minerals reveal the history of Earth. Discuss processes of geology such as the rock cycle and fossilization, as well as geologic natural resources from building stones to fossil fuels.
Standard Connection:
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences
 

Pennsylvania—Interdisciplinary

Pennsylvania Natural History
Program format: Tour 

Focus on Pennsylvania geology, wildlife, and native cultures in Benedum Hall of Geology, the Hall of North American Wildlife, and Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians.
Standard Connection:
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences
4.1 Ecology
7.3 Geography
 

Social Studies

American Indians: Treasures and Traditions
Program format: Tour 

Investigate the cultural heritage of four diverse American Indian cultures. Discuss their traditions and how they have changed over the past 100 years.
Standard Connection:
7.3 Geography
 

Diverse Cultures
Program format: Museum Quest 

Compare and contrast food, clothing, and shelter between your everyday experience and the diverse indigenous cultures represented in Alcoa Hall of American Indians and Polar World: Wyckoff Hall of Arctic Life. Analyze artifacts and museum dioramas to discover how cultures are shaped by unique natural resources in different geographic locations.
Standard Connection:
7.3 Geography
 

Egyptian Archaeology
Program format: Extended Tour 

Explore the stories that mummies, treasures, and everyday objects reveal about daily life in ancient Egyptian society. This extended tour includes extra time for hands-on investigation of replica artifacts and a lesson on hieroglyphs.
Standard Connection:
8.1 Historical Analysis and Skills Development
8.4 World History
 

Life in Ancient Egypt
Program format: Tour 

Travel to the banks of the Nile River. Discuss how artifacts depict what life was like in the time of pharaohs and decipher the meaning of mummies.
Standard Connection:
8.4 World History
 

Three Cultures
Program format: Tour 

Compare similarities and differences among indigenous cultures across the globe and throughout history in Polar World: Wyckoff Hall of Arctic Life, Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians, and Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt.
Standard Connection:
7.3 Geography
 

Meet a Scientist

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

Add-ons

To further structure your visit, choose an add-on experience: Meet a Scientist, a visit to Earth Theater, or a self-paced Museum Quest.

Expand your experience

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

Don't let cost be a barrier!

We have scholarship opportunities for schools and organizations that qualify. Find out about scholarship opportunities.

Ready to book your visit?

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!

Contact Group Visits to arrange your visit. 

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.

Inclement Weather

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

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 field trips, please contact Group Visits at 412.622.3289 or GroupVisits@carnegiemuseums.org.

To request special disability accommodations for special programs for educators, please contact Program Registration at 412.622.3288 or at ProgramRegistration@carnegiemuseums.org.