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The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Carnegie Science Center

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The Carnegie Science Center boasts four stories of hands-on, interactive learning.

After immigrating to Pittsburgh from Scotland with his family in 1848, Andrew Carnegie worked hard to climb his way up the workforce ladder from a bobbin boy in a textile mill to one of the richest businessmen in the world. In 1895, Carnegie opened the Carnegie Institute consisting of the Museum of Natural History, Museum of Art, Library and Music Hall. Today, his vision of providing cultural and educational experiences still exists today in these complexes.

CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART
The Carnegie Museum of Art originated in 1895 and is often considered the first contemporary art museum; instead of collecting older works, Carnegie wanted to collect “the old masters of tomorrow.” Today, visitors can view 1,800 works of art on exhibition in the museum’s 29 galleries. Along with contemporary art, you can also find French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, 19th century artwork and decorative arts from Europe and the United States.
4400 Forbes Ave.; 412-622-3131; Tu.-W. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Th. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., F-Sa. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Su. noon-5 p.m.; Adults $15, Seniors (age 65+) $12, Children (ages 3-18) $11
* Note: price includes admission to the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Twenty exhibition halls are packed with information teaching visitors about the history of our planet and the people, animals and things that have inhabited it. The most popular exhibit, Dinosaurs in Their Time, features real dino fossil skeletons and dives deep into the Mesozoic Era. It portrays a scientifically accurate view of how plants and animal species lived.
4400 Forbes Ave.; 412-622-3131; M 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (July-August), Tu.-W 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Th. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., F-Sa. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Su. noon-5 p.m.; Adults $15, Seniors (age 65+) $12, Children (ages 3-18) $11
* Note: price includes admission to the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER
The Carnegie Science Center boasts four stories of hands-on, interactive learning, including the world’s largest permanent robotics exhibition and full-dome planetarium. In 2009, the museum unveiled its newest endeavor, Highmark SportsWorks, where visitors can learn about the science of sports and athletics by becoming a human yo-yo, testing their karate chop and more.
1 Allegheny Ave.; 412-237-3400; Su.-F 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sa. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Adult $17.95, Children (ages 3-12) $9.95

THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Andy Warhol took free art classes at the Museum of Art and attended college at the Carnegie Institute (now called Carnegie Mellon University), so it was only fitting to open a museum honoring his work in his hometown. The museum holds thousands of Warhol’s artworks of various media, including 900 paintings, more than 400 black and white photographs, 47 feature films, and frequently changes the pieces on display so you can always find something new.
117 Sandusky St.; 412-237-8300; Tu.-Th. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., F 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sa.-Su. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Adults $15, Seniors (age 55+) and Students with ID $8, Children (ages 3-18) $4

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