Carnegie Museum Of Natural History

PHONE: (412) 622-3131

With an international reputation for excellent research and an impressive collection, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH) is one of the key components of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is the umbrella institution that manages four distinctive museums in the city of Pittsburgh. Their history can be traced to the founding of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Carnegie Museum of Art  in 1895 through a gift by industrialist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). The main complex — comprising both Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History as well as the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh — is an impressive, L-shaped structure faced with magnificent sandstone carved with intricate detailing.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History scientists made history in 1899 when they unearthed the fossils of a Diplodocus carnegii, a Jurassic-era sauropod dinosaur in Wyoming. Today, the museum is home to the world’s largest collection of dinosaurs from the Jurassic period of Earth’s history.

In addition to a scientific research library, research labs and office space, the CMNH holds over 22 million specimens with about 10,000 on view at a time.

The museum stages exhibits, tours and educational program throughout the year.

Sunday, Noon to 5:00 p.m.; Monday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The museum operates a six-level parking facility for cars and small vans. The lot is located directly behind the museum and may be accessed from the intersection of Forbes Avenue and South Craig Street.


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4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 United States