Center for World Cultures

Strategic pillar: We are deepening collaboration among Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, universities, schools, and the community. By strengthening these partnerships, we are leveraging our scientific expertise and educational resources for the benefit of all.


  • The Application of Advanced Imaging Technology to Saudi Arabian Rock Art is a research project that documents the impact of climate change on the ancient cultures of Saudi Arabia through the investigation of rock art created over the past 10,000 years. The Arabian Rock Art Heritage project, funded by the Layan Cultural Foundation, began in 2010. Using advanced imaging techniques, the team's goal is to accurately record and interpret petroglyphs from dozens of sites throughout the Saudi landscape.
  • Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an eye-opening look at the largely unknown cultural history of the Arabian Peninsula. This exhibition draws on recently discovered archaeological materials never before seen in North America. The exhibition showcases the Arabian Peninsula as a conduit for the spice and incense trade in the pre-Islamic period, through its time as the road to Mecca for Muslim pilgrims after the seventh century, up to the founding of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Click here for more information about the exhibition.  
  • Empowering Women is a traveling exhibition that explores the transformative power of women working together in grass-roots cooperatives to provide for their families, educate their children, steward their environment, promote equality, and give back to their communities. Empowering Women was developed by the Museum of International Folk Art and appeared at Carnegie Museum of Natural History 2012–2013.
  • RACE: Are we so different? (opening March 2014) is a groundbreaking exhibition that explores the experience of living with race in America and weaves together discussions on the history of race as a concept, the role that science has played in that history, and emerging research that challenges the foundations of what we perceive as race.
  • Living Cultural Treasures is a public program that honors one outstanding artisan or performer each year. The first guest is a major Tlingit artist whom the museum plans to commission to create a totem pole for our Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians. Such projects demonstrate that cultures, traditions, and indigenous art forms are not stagnant but are ever changing.
  • To expand anthropological research and augment use of our extensive collections, the museum seeks to add curatorial staff and a state-of-the-art analytical lab for archaeological science.
  • Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection was the inaugural exhibition for the Center in 2011–2012. Read My Pins reveals an intriguing story of American history and foreign policy as told through more than 200 pieces of jewelry from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s personal collection. The traveling exhibition explores the historical significance of Albright’s collection and the power of jewelry to communicate through a style and language of its own.


  • American Anthropological Association
  • Science Museum of Minnesota
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Museum of International Folk Art
  • Intercultural Journeys Foundation
  • Layan Cultural Foundation