Add-on Experiences

bonehunters quarry

Bonehunters Quarry

Reserve our popular hands-on exhibition area exclusively for your group!
Pre-K–grade 9
30 minutes, one group per session
$1 per student, $25 minimum per group
Available before 1 p.m., September–June
30 person maximum.

Experience the thrill of hands-on excavation in our interactive fossil dig! Be transported to Dinosaur National Monument in Utah, where Carnegie paleontologists unearthed some of the most famous specimens in Dinosaurs in Their Time. After being issued protective goggles, a chisel, and brush, chip away at rock matrix to reveal realistic fossil casts buried below. Try your hand at being a paleontologist—you, too, can help excavate a dinosaur or mammal!

Museum Quest

$2 per student as an add-on to any Carnegie Museum of Natural History program
Available for grades 2–12

In addition to your scheduled program, each student receives 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.

Ask about an Add-on Experience when you book 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.

School field trip funding support, including transportation, is available for some programs. 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.