Group Visits—Kids and Schools

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At Carnegie Museum of Natural History, learning is an adventure like no other!  

Our world-class research and unique scientific collection are at the heart of your group’s field trip. There’s nowhere else in western Pennsylvania where your group can learn about science, nature, and world cultures all in one place! 

How do I schedule my group program?

Build your field trip around one or both of our program formats. In each format, experienced museum staff orient your group with a focused exploration of the topic of your choice.

Programs - Tours

Tours

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

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

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

Browse programs available by grade.

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. Click here for more information.

Program Timing Price Per Student
Tour, Standard 60 Minutes $9
Tour, Extended 90 Minutes $10
Museum Quest Self-paced $9
Meet a Scientist 60 Minutes $14
Unguided Visit Self-paced $10.50
Add-on Timing Price Per Student
Museum Quest Self-paced $2
Earth Theater 20 Minutes Free
Lunchroom Reservation 30 Minutes Free

Register early!


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!

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.