Pre-K-Grade 1

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 Pre-K–Grade 1

Ecosystems & Environment

All About Animals
Program format: Tour 

In a one-of-a-kind game of “I spy,” explore amazing animals that inhabit everywhere from backyards to exotic ecosystems. Discuss animal adaptations for feeding, defense, and keeping warm.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
 

Lions and Plants and Bears, Oh My!
Program format: Museum Quest 

Go on a self-paced adventure through Africa and North America, discovering wildlife and plants in their natural habitats. Investigate the use of adaptations for survival!
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
4.1 Ecology
 

Paleontology & Geology

Dino Dig
Program format: Extended Tour 

Explore dinosaur diversity throughout the Mesozoic Era. This extended tour includes extra time to experience the process of paleontology by touching real fossils and wrapping a plaster fossil cast to take home.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences
 

Dinosaurs and Friends
Program format: Tour 

Using age-appropriate observation, movement, and imagination, compare modern animals—including yourself!—to dinosaurs and other creatures of the Mesozoic.
Standard Connection:
3.1 Biological Science
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences
 

Rock On
Program format: Extended Tour 

Examine specimens from our educational collection in the classroom and compare them with our world-famous displays in Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems. This extended tour includes extra time for hands-on experiments that introduce the rock cycle and properties of minerals.
Standard Connection:
3.2 Physical Science: Chemistry and Physics
3.3 Earth and Space Sciences
 

Rockin’ Around
Program format: Museum Quest 

Be a geology detective! Use colors and shapes as clues to guide an investigation of our world-renowned rocks and minerals collection.
Standard Connection:
3.2 Physical Science: Chemistry and Physics
 

Social Studies

American Indians: Where Do You Live?
Program format: Tour 

Discover how the traditional clothing, food, homes, and lifestyle of the Tlingit, Hopi, Lakota, and Iroquois were influenced by their environment.
Standard Connection:
7.3 Geography
 

American Indians: What's in a House?
Program format: Extended Tour 

Examine artifacts from four North American Indian cultures and discover how natural resources influence everyday life. This extended tour includes extra time for an anthropology activity where students handle real artifacts and identify geographical regions.
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.