Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4.5
Natural History Museums
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Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Quattraporte M
Saint Louis, MO66 contributions
Feb 2021
For the region, this is a good museum. The young explorer was excited to get out of the house during the deep freeze to visit the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. He was not disappointed. There is an excellent collection of dinosaurs. The majority are original fossils. It was incredible to see so many skeletons in one exhibit. The only other place I have seen an extensive dinosaur display was at the Natural History Museum in London. The Egyptian Artifacts were limited and really not exciting. The other star of the museum was the spectacular gem collection. On display were gems from around the world. There was enough descriptive information to make the exhibit informative, engaging and educational. If you are pressed for time or have guests with limited time or attention span, the gem collection and dinosaur exhibit should be exciting enough for the visit.
The ticket allows you to access to the Art Museum as well at no additional price. I found the French Impressionist Gallery a pleasant surprise and a joy to experience. Stunning works by the masters: Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Degas, and Matisse are a delight to view up close. Post Impressionist and Expressionist art by Van Gogh ( Wheat Fields After the Rain), Gaugin, Kirchner, and Munch is also displayed.
Covid precautions are strictly enforced. Timed tickets with online reservations allow limited number of people in the building. Temperature checks are done upon entering and masks are mandatory for all. Best to go early. No food is availabe, so pack a lunch. You can keep the bag in a locker ( rent 50 cents). The Fossil Cafe has tables and can be used by families to eat their packed lunches inside.
Overall, a wonderful experience for the entire family.
Written February 13, 2021
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katwithadog
State College47 contributions
Feb 2022
Can't imagine giving anything less than a 5-star... dinosaurs, cool rocks, a bird hall, and an Egyptian room? What more do people want? Because there is more, and I really wish we'd had more time to see the things we missed! A few of the older exhibits could have had a slightly better setup in terms of lighting and probably accessibility, but it's a great museum with a lot going on.

Other than the main exhibits: We paid $3 extra for a special exhibit ("Monsterfish"), and I could have done without that section. Our group was two adults, so we mostly wanted to look, rather than play with things and interact, but there seemed to be plenty of that, too, for the people who brought kids. The cafe was overpriced but tasty, which I'd honestly expect; they have a solid gift shop. The ticket includes access to the art museum, but we didn't have time. If you're nerdy enough to want to spend your day at a natural history museum, you're nerdy enough to enjoy this one!
Written February 16, 2022
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EaglesFan27
Reading, PA584 contributions
Apr 2022
The admission ticket includes both the natural history museum and art museum which is connected. I mostly wanted to see the natural history museum but did both. I really enjoyed the dinosaur and gem exhibits. The American Indian section was very interesting as well. There is something for everyone here and it's nice that $20 gets you into both.
Written May 3, 2022
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zebramom
US27 contributions
Jul 2021
Young kids will love this museum if they like dinosaurs. The skeletons are great. We loved the dinosaur armor exhibit, which costs extra. You pay one admission price for both the Natural History and Art museums, which are in the same building and are essentially one museum. Worth the price, though if you like art and dinosaurs.
Written July 19, 2021
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Thank you for the kind words of our Carnegie Museum of Natural History! We are so happy to hear that we left you with such a strong impression. Until next time, safe travels.
Written August 3, 2021
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KansasCityBob
Kansas City4 contributions
Sep 2021
Not family friendly! This is the only museum in the country I've ever seen that has edicts to dictate how you should and should not hold your baby. Hold your child for split second in the "wrong" way, and you will pounced upon by someone in a blue shirt, who will scold you in the rudest way possible. Not one of the rude blue shirts volunteered that strollers were available in the front (selection is limited). Selection of kid-friendly foods in the cafe is also limited. Finally, restrooms are also very limited and poorly marked - my toddler nearly had an accident while we were trying to find one.
Written September 25, 2021
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Hi KansasCityBob, We're really sorry to hear about your and your family’s experience at our museum. No one should leave feeling the way that you did. Please know that we’ll share your feedback with our Visitor and Museum Services team. We take this feedback very seriously and we'd like to assure you that we plan to use your feedback to improve staff training.
Written October 8, 2021
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The_Travel_Family
Las Vegas, NV737 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Came here whilst visiting Pittsburgh. Managed to get a Military discount on the tickets which was good. Dinosaur and minerals exhibit was good.

The entrance was rather odd, we managed to find a map half way around which would have been helpful at the entrance. Find yourself walking through areas to get to others areas, strange layout.

Carrying backpack policy was stupid. You gave to carry in hand or on your front so you do not knock anything over, the whole museum had nothing you could knock over so this rule is just dumb!

If you have been to NYC, DC or London NHM don’t waste your time with this one.
Written April 15, 2022
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JaneT013
California115 contributions
Jun 2021
Went on a family visit (all adults). We were there on a Friday, and spent so long in the mineral exhibit and the dinosaur exhibit that we missed everything else. The collection of minerals was stunning. The dinosaurs were impressive, and beautifully exhibited and explained. But that was only the first floor. So we went back a couple of days later and looked at the most of the rest. We especially liked the Inuit and Native American exhibits. Still haven't gotten to the art museaum, so will have to go back another time.
Written June 14, 2021
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Wow, Jane, it sounds like you and your family had an awesome time. It's reviews like this that make us at Carnegie Museum of Natural History excited to come into work every day. Take care and have a great day!
Written July 13, 2021
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Onlinemother
Reading, PA109 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
My family of four spent the better part our day exploring the museum of natural history and loved it! The crystal exhibit is absolutely amazing. I could have spent the entire day in there! We were also impressed with the dinosaur exhibit as well as the hall of architecture. Great for all ages!
Written August 14, 2021
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Thank you so much for the kind words about your visit to our Carnegie Museum of Natural History! We're happy to hear that we left such a strong impression. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
Written August 26, 2021
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tabhauser
Glen Cove, NY770 contributions
Oct 2021
If you live in an area that does not have a world-class natural history and art museum, or if you enjoy these things, consider visiting the Carnegie Museum of Natural History or the Carnegie Museum of Art.

They are both under one roof and you can spend an entire day between both places.

The natural history museum has 10,000 items on exhibit. My quick visit included a look at their internationally recognized paleontology section that had an impressive dinosaur collection. Their collection of minerals and gems are exceptional
Written December 21, 2021
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DIORAMA MAGIC
1 contribution
Mar 2022
Great museum with a great variety of things to look at. Would say this is ultimately a 5 star museum but the NAT GEO River Monster Fish exhibit currently on display seems definitely more child focused and was an overall big disappointment. Great if you have younger kids who need the interactive stimulation, yet wasn’t nearly as exciting as what I’d anticipated as an adult who loves any & all things living in water and we would not have paid the additional amount had we known. The Gem & Mineral section as well as Prehistoric displays are wonderful, not to mention the Art exhibits were interesting. Also loved the Architecture section!
Written March 28, 2022
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