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Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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Address: 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone Number: +1 412-622-3131
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Description: Carnegie Museum of Natural History is the place for kids to discover...
Carnegie Museum of Natural History is the place for kids to discover science and the wonders of the natural world. Dig for bones in Bonehunters Quarry, get hands-on with real and replica specimens in Discovery Basecamp, grind corn in a Hopi home, and more. Dinosaurs are just the beginning! Free family-activities, touchables, and Bonehunters Quarry available each weekend and weekdays during the summer.
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So much to see!

There is so much to see here that we didn't make it through everything. This museum shares an entrance and fee with the Carnegie Art Museum, which is a pretty good deal. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

There is so much to see here that we didn't make it through everything. This museum shares an entrance and fee with the Carnegie Art Museum, which is a pretty good deal. We spent most of our time with the dinosaurs and learned a lot. This would make a fun day for kids, adults, everyone!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This is a great place for adults and kids alike. The dino exhibit is fantastic and there are plenty of hands on activities for the children (and adults who act like children).

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Gemstone exhibit is amazing. Incredible collection of dinosaur and other prehistoric life. Paintings, sculpture and modern art are impressive and extensive! Plan to spend a whole day...you will be worn out before you get to see it all!

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Connecticut
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This is an A-Number-1, first class museum. There are excellent exhibits and hands-on things for children to do as well. It is up-to-date and has wonderful informative exhibits of everything you can imagine relating to Natural History. Spend a few hours here!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

From Dippy at the entrance to the Hall of Architecture to the Hall of Gems, Dinosaurs, level upon level of wonder...take your time and hit every floor, but do not ignore the front of the building and the Scaife Gallery.....

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West Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The Natural History and Art Museum share a common entrance and single fee, which is great if you want to visit both or start with one and decide to switch, or even if your party wants to split up. The displays and presentations in the Natural History museum were very well done. The café is also excellent for lunch or... More 

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Pittsburgh
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

If you're a Pittsburgher, you'll remember the depressing, dimly lit Museum cafeteria of yore, not so anymore! This cafeteria now offers food so good, it's become a destination lunch spot for business workers and museum visitors alike. Although it still employs a tray line, the food is imaginative, varied and delicious, definitely NOT typical cafeteria food. The dining atmosphere is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This museum is well rounded for all ages, though my children lose interest with the art. But, that doesn't make it lose its charm, with it's amazing mineral display and the dinosaur bones.... You can meander for hours!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The minerals exhibition is among the best in the US. They have thousands of different minerals displayed by different colours, countries of origin and their properties. The demo of phosphorescence and fluorescence (under long- and short-wave ultraviolet) is absolutely impressive. It's free for local college students.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

My children (ages 11, 13, 16) love the gems and minerals. We also really enjoy the dinosaurs. Nearby restaurants that we like include the Porch, Ali Baba, the Bagel Factory and Union Grill. Make sure to bring your membership card if you belong to a museum with reciprocal privileges. Or join if you think you might want to go to... More 

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