Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Culture: Architecture/Design, Historical, Science/Technology - Learning: Classes, Lectures - Visual: Exhibitions



 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Carnegie Museum of Natural History is a place of adventure, discovery and education that welcomes everyone to enjoy the wonders of its collections and exhibitions. Founded in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, the museum has maintained an international reputation for its ongoing research and discovery that create a better understanding of the history of the earth and its inhabitants. Today, the museum is ranked among the top five natural history museums in the country and features 20 exhibition halls including the blockbuster Dinosaurs in Their Time.

Mission Statement
To use our collections and scientific expertise to create knowledge that inspires an understanding of natural heritage, communicate the unity and interdependence of humanity and nature, and advocate for the protection of the earth and its inhabitants, while encouraging participation in the natural sciences.

How you can help 
A Carnegie Museum of Natural History scientist travels to the Caribbean island of Hispañola, and there discovers a new species of never-before-seen moth. The scientist brings that moth back to Pittsburgh, studies it, and puts it on display. In the museum, a child is wowed by this huge specimen with colorful wings and learns how scientists can use this moth to determine conservation strategies for the Hispañola’s endangered ecosystems. And decades later, that child—now a scientist herself, inspired by her visits to the museum—uses that specimen preserved in the museum’s collection to make new discoveries about the natural world in which we live.

And it all happened because of your support for Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

But this isn’t what “could be”—this is what happens every day with the donations individuals like you make to the museum. As one of the best natural history museums in America, Carnegie Museum of Natural History plays a unique role in our region. Supporting the museum helps provide educational and cultural programming for our region; it creates the exhibitions families love to visit together; and it maintains the research and collections that make critical contributions to scientific understanding of life.