Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

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4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Reviews

Andy99 Andy99
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Two Museums in One Jun 18, 2016
The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburg officially consist of four museums. Together on Forbes Avenue on the Oakland Neighborhood are the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. (The affiliated Carnegie Science Center and the Andy Warhol Museum are in different locations.)

Steel industrialist Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institute in 1895. The Art Museum was first,. Carnegie wanted to bring then-Modern Art to Pittsburgh as well as to assemble copies of famous architecture show to Pittsburghers who did not have the means to travel to see them. The Natural History museum began when Carnegie funded paleontological expeditions in Wyoming. In 1899, an expedition discovered a complete Diplodocus skeleton. "Dippy" remains a featured attraction and the museum's mascot. Today, the dinosaur collection is one of the museum's prominent exhibits. Many of the fossils on exhibit were the first of their type to be discovered. This really is the original dinosaur exhibit.

On our visit, we saw the Hall of Minerals and Gems, Dinosaur Hall and Hall of Arctic Life in the Natural History wing and the Hall of Architecture and decorative arts rooms in the Art wing. I use the term "wing", but, in fact, the Natural History and Art exhibit rooms are intermixed. An interesting live exhibit was the visible paleontology conservation laboratory enabling visitors to see museum curators at work.

There is gallery space for several special exhibits. On our visit, there was an exhibit of the work of National Geographic photographers and the Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads sculpture group by Chinese artist Ai Wewei.

Café Carnegie offers soups, sandwiches and salads for lunch.

Admission is $19.95. Photography is permitted.

Highly recommended.
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