boy magnifyingScience, nature, and cultures come alive! Our fully equipped laboratory classrooms and immersive exhibitions promote an understanding of the earth, environmental change, evolution, and the impact of these forces on Earth’s inhabitants over centuries..

Start out by using scientific techniques to examine natural objects in museum classrooms. Then, guided by museum educators, reinforce your group’s learning through exploration of exhibition halls related to the class theme.

Great for:
Orienting your group to the museum or delving deeper into a particular area of biodiversity, evolution, or world cultures.

September–June only. Available Tuesday–Friday during regular museum hours. Please schedule early, as the demand for classes is high, especially April–June during peak group visit season. Must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance.

90 minutes
$10 per person (includes museum admission)


  1. To reserve your program, you may email, click here to request your program online, or call 412.622.3289. Have the following information handy:
    • Preferred and backup dates
    • Program or topic
    • Arrival and departure times
    • Group size and grade level
    • Special requests, such as lunchroom reservations, accessibility needs, or curriculum focus
  2. You will receive confirmation by email. Final attendance numbers and payment are due one week in advance of your scheduled visit. $15 late payment fee.
  3. A museum educator will contact you before your visit to finalize program content.


Dinosaur Dig
Explore the process of paleontology from excavation to exhibition displays. Touch real fossils and wrap a plaster cast to take home. Explore dinosaur diversity throughout the Mesozoic Era in the Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibition.

Exploring Ancient Egypt
Analyze patterns and make predictions as you explore artifacts left behind by an ancient civilization. Explore the stories that mummies, treasures, and everyday objects reveal about daily life in ancient Egyptian society.

Rock Hounds
Explore the rock cycle, rock formation, and various physical and chemical properties of rocks and minerals through hands-on experiments, observation, and analysis. Examine mineral specimens from our educational collection in the classroom and compare them with our world-famous displays in Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems.

What's in a House?
What’s in a teepee, pueblo, or longhouse? How does it compare to what’s in your house? Examine artifacts from four North American Indian cultures and discover how natural resources influence everyday life. Test your observation and identification skills in an activity exploring Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians.

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 412.622.3291 or email

Inclement Weather

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