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Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh

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Natural History Museum Museum
Approximately 10,000 specimens make up the exhibits at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, including mounted dinosaur skeletons, mummies, gems and minerals, and wildlife habitats. Altogether 22 million items are under the museum's care, and exhibits are occasionally rotated. See the world's first tyrannosaurus rex skeleton and the only fossils of a juvenile brontosaurus known to man. You'll follow the evolution of mammals from 65 million years ago through the ice age to the present day. Take a look inside dioramas of forests with wildlife and villages featuring the evolution of human culture. Numerous children's activities, such as bone digging and discovery camps, make it a good fit for any age. Using our online itinerary creator, Pittsburgh attractions like Carnegie Museum of Natural History can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • My family thoroughly enjoyed our day (about 5 hours) at CMNH. I was absolutely amazed at the size of the gem collection. They came in thousands of different colors, shapes and sizes. The dinosaur exhi...  more »
  • Really enjoyed the museum, especially the Dinosaur exhibit. It was very well done, very educational. A child's play area was very popular. The animal and reptile cases were excellent. The gem stone ex...  more »
  • Art museum and naturam history museum, educational tour. Provide guided tours meeting at entrance 1 pm during the summer. Can definetly enjoy it on your own. Beautiful exhibits, Nice Bldg, Nice ground...  more »
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  • This place is amazing. Plan on a few hours so you can take your time. Google is wrong when it says "people usually spend up to 1.5 hours here". Plan on way longer especially if you like to read about the artifacts and take your time. We missed a couple sections because they close at 5, which in my opinion is a little too early. Otherwise, great experience for the price point.
  • Get the membership and come back again & again! There is so much to see and you won't see it all in one day (or if you do, you'll be exhausted). We are a young family and use our membership for regular trips to the science & natural history museums with the kids (on weekdays when it isn't as crowded) and the art & Warhol make a great date night.
  • I had not been to this musuem since the 1980s. The staff are friendly and helpful. The dinosaur exhibit and dig activites for kids are amazing. A really enjoyable family experience. I will say, grab a map! This place is a maze!
  • A great experience. I advise getting there early. Its hard to see everything in a few hours.
  • I learn so much history of different cultures and civilizations at this museum, and their jewelry area is amazing to be in (my mom loves looking at diamonds in that area). Admission price is not cheap though.

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