Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are you open on holidays?
2. Where can I find out about group visits and other discounts?
3. Do you provide accessibility aids such as strollers, wheelchairs, hearing-assistive devices, etc.?
4. What is your security policy for backpacks and bags?
5. Where can I find out about jobs, internships, or volunteer opportunities at the museum?
6. Where can I find a list of reciprocal museums that will accept my Membership card?
7. How do I hold a special event at one of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh?
8. What is your mission statement? Are you accredited?
9. Where can I find the other Carnegie institutions in Pittsburgh?
10. Where can I see the Dinomite Days dinosaurs?
11. I'd like to purchase a stock image or use a picture from your website.
12. Do you allow flash photography or video cameras?
13. Where can I find the copyright and author of your website?
14. I think I've found a fossil, meteorite, rare bug, etc. Can you identify it? Can the museum appraise or buy it?
15. How can I contact a staff member?
16. Can you help me with my class project?
17. Where can I learn about the names around the outside of the Carnegie building?
1. Are you open on holidays? back to top
Please note: Hours and admission listed here apply only to Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Carnegie Museum of Art at the Forbes Avenue location. Separate hours and admission apply to Carnegie Science Center and The Andy Warhol Museum, both on the North Side of Pittsburgh.
Hours of operation
Summer operating hours (through Labor Day)
Monday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: noon–5 p.m.
Closed on these holidays:
- New Year's Day, January 1, 2015
- Easter Day, April 5, 2015
- Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015
- Christmas Day, December 25, 2015
2. Where can I find out about group visits and other discounts? back to top
To receive a group discount, your visit must be scheduled in advance through the Group Visits Office. For rate and program information, please see our Group Visits for Adults or Group Visits for Kids/Schools pages. You may also check the Special Offers page for discounts that may apply to your visit.
3. Do you provide accessibility aids such as strollers, wheelchairs, hearing-assistive devices, etc.? back to top
Please review our accessibility aids on the Plan Your Visit pages.
4. What is your security policy for backpacks and bags? back to top
Please review these policies on the Backpacks & Policies page.
5. Where can I find out about jobs, internships, or volunteering at the museum? back to top
There are many opportunities to become involved in the exciting programs at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and we encourage you to become part of our community.
Employment opportunities for all four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Library are posted on the Human Resources site. Please do not send resumes directly to the departments.
Volunteers, Interns, and Docents perform a range of educational, scientific, and administrative duties vital to the operation of the museums. Teen Docents interact with visitors while gaining valuable experience in teaching and the museum environment. For more information on these opportunities, please visit the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh volunteer site.
6. Where can I find a list of reciprocal museums that will accept my Membership card? back to top
Please visit the Membership website.
7. How do I hold a special event at one of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh? back to top
Please visit the Special Events website.
8. What is your mission statement? Are you accredited? back to top
Carnegie Museum of Natural History collects and cares for specimens and artifacts that document the history of life and human cultures.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History is accredited by the Association of American Museums. AAM accreditation is a widely recognized seal of approval that brings national recognition to museums. Since its beginnings in 1971, the AAM Accreditation Program has recognized museums’ commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History has also earned consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator. Every year, Charity Navigator evaluates more than 5,400 of the country’s largest non-profits and issues its ratings—from one to four stars—based on how those organizations manage their resources. Only 19% of rated charities have received at least two consecutive four–star evaluations, indicating that Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America.
9. Where can I find the other Carnegie institutions in Pittsburgh? back to top
Carnegie Museum of Art: www.cmoa.org
The Andy Warhol Museum: www.warhol.org
Carnegie Science Center: www.carnegiesciencecenter.org
Carnegie Library: www.clpgh.org
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh: www.carnegiemuseums.org
History of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
In 1895, Pittsburgh industrialist Andrew Carnegie established Carnegie Institute to help people improve their lives through educational and cultural experiences. His founding ideals are now embodied in a collective of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. These four institutions comprise Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.
10. Where can I see the Dinomite Days dinosaurs? back to top
The dinosaurs are now the property of the owners who purchased them at auction. Carnegie Museum of Natural History ceased to have any affiliation with the dinosaurs after the auction and does not maintain information about their owners or locations. Please obtain the owner's permission before photographing or visiting a dinosaur.
To learn more about the DinoMite Days event during the summer of 2003, please visit the archived DinoMite Days website (opens in a new window).
11. How can I purchase a stock image or use an image from your website? back to top
The photography, illustrations, and graphics on this site are provided by many different artists for sole use by Carnegie Museum of Natural History. These images may not be used electronically, in print, or in any way without the express written permission of Carnegie Museum of Natural History. If you have questions or would like to obtain reproduction rights, please write to the website team.
Commercial photographers and other media providers must make arrangements prior to photographing at the museum. Please contact Communications and Media Relations Manager Leigh Kish at KishL@carnegiemnh.org or 412.622.3361.
12. Do you allow flash photography or video cameras? back to top
Please visit the Photo & Video Policy page.
13. Where can I find the Copyright and Author of your website? back to top
Copyright © 2013, All Rights Reserved
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 U.S.A.
Any person is hereby authorized to view, print, copy, and distribute content from this website subject to the following conditions:
- The content is used for educational purposes only.
- The content is used for non-commercial (not-for-profit) purposes only.
- Any copy of this content or portion thereof must include the Institute's copyright statement or bibliographic citation as appropriate.
Our site is maintained by a diverse team of web developers, scientists, educators, and staff. Much of our content cannot be attributed to one author, and the site is constantly updated as our research and discoveries bring new facts to light. For these reasons, references to all images, graphics, text, and code contained in this website should use one of the following statements (unless otherwise noted on a specific web page).
© Copyright 2013, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Institute
[Name of page]. Carnegie Museum of Natural History Web Site. Copyright 2013. http://www.carnegiemnh.org/[insert URL of page]. Retrieved on [insert date].
Images, Pictures, and Graphics
Please see the information at FAQ #11.
14. I found a fossil, meteorite, bug, etc. Can you identify it? Can the museum appraise or buy it? back to top
Carnegie Museum of Natural History does not perform appraisals, but we can do our best to help identify your specimen.
Send an email to the Web team containing clear digital photos of your object. Describe any special details, and include the date and location where it was found or received. If possible, mention the dimensions of the object in your message, or include a ruler or another indicator of size in the photo. Your images will be forwarded to the correct department for identification. If you are unable to send digital photos, contact the Web team to ask about bringing or mailing your object to the museum for identification.
The museum does not generally purchase specimens. As a rule, we only acquire specimens that are beneficial to our research. However, that decision is up to each department, and you are free to send in pictures and a description for review.
15. How may I contact a staff member? back to top
For scientific and administrative staff, please visit the individual research sections using the scientific staff directory. For all other staff, please write to the website team and your message will be forwarded.
16. Can you help me with my class project? back to top
Our scientists are always happy to help budding researchers! Send an email to the website team and your message will be forwarded to the scientific staff who can best help you with your project. Please try to leave enough time for us to answer—sometimes our researchers are out on expeditions and won't be able to answer your message right away.
17. Where can I learn about the names around the outside of the Carnegie Museum/Carnegie Library building? back to top
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh maintains an informative site: http://www.carnegielibrary.org/research/pittsburgh/history/carnames.html