College Student Group Visits

College groups can visit the museum in four different ways: Guided tours, Unguided Groups, Meet a Scientist, and Behind the Scenes. Find out more about each option, pricing, and how to register below.

Guided Tours

Guided tours are great for college groups who prefer a customized experience, and want to connect ideas across several galleries. Extended tours include extra time for hands-on investigation of authentic specimens in a museum classroom.

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American Indians: Treasures and Traditions
Program format: Standard tour
Investigate the cultural heritage of four diverse American Indian cultures. Discover how unique regional ecosystems shape traditional and modern culture of diverse societies including the Tlingit of the Northwest Coast, Hopi of the Southwest, Lakota of the Plains, and the Iroquois of the Northeast.

Life in Ancient Egypt
Program format: Standard tour
Explore the geography and history of the Nile, and analyze artifacts that reveal intricate details of daily life and belief systems in ancient Egypt.

Three Cultures
Program format: Standard tour
Compare similarities and differences among indigenous cultures across the globe and throughout history in Polar World: Wyckoff Hall of Arctic Life, Alocoa Foundation Hall of American Indians, and Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt.

Ecosystems & Environment

Adaptations and Ecosystems
Program format: Standard tour
Discuss the relationships between animals and plants across varied biomes. Explore adaptations for hunting, defense, and reproduction across diverse species.

Biomes: Climate and the Environment
Program format: Standard 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.

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.

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.

Paleontology & Geology

Climate Change: Then and Now
Program format: Standard 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.

Evolution of Life
Program format: Standard 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.

Program format: Standard 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.


Pennsylvania Natural History
Program format: Standard tour
Explore how the landscape and inhabitants of Pennsylvania have been influenced by natural resources, leading to vast changes across millennia. Investigate the geologic history of Pennsylvania, explore the intricate detail of Pennsylvania plants and animals in the museum's classic dioramas, and learn about current scientific research and conservation efforts that are impacting our local ecosystems.

Unguided Groups

Explore Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History at your own pace.

Behind the Scenes

Tour behind the scenes to visit the museum's scientific collections. Behind the Scenes tours are subject to availability of scientific staff and access to the research collections. Available topics include Botany, Entomology, Herpetology, Mammals, Minerals, Mollusks, Invertebrate Paleontology, and Vertebrate Paleontology.

College Group Visit Pricing

One chaperone is recommended for every 10 students. Required chaperones are free; additional chaperone pricing is listed below.

Program  Timing  Price Per Student  Price Per Additional Chaperone 
Tour, Standard 60 Minutes $9 $12
Tour, Extended 90 Minutes $10 $12
Unguided Group Self-paced $10.50 $15
Behind the Scenes Dependent on Scientific Section schedules $25 $25


To receive group pricing, you must have a group of ten or more and your visit must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance through the Group Visits Office. Smaller groups pay a ten person minimum. Member discounts do not apply to guided tours. Changes in attendance must be made at least one week in advance for groups to receive a refund. Full payment is due one week prior to visit.

 Click here to request a visit using our online form, or call the Group Visits Office at 412.622.3289.