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Carnegie Natural History  CMNH collects and cares for specimens and artifacts that document the history of life and human cultures.


Visit the museum today to check out the newly renovated exhibition hall, Age of Mammals: The Cenozoic Era, which features fresh paint, new labels, touchable exhibits, and fascinating new science.

The Uraeus, a cobra, was a symbol intended to protect royalty in ancient Egypt. This painted limestone was from the Early Dynasty XVIII, reign of Amenhotep I.

Want to learn more about the gems and minerals on display in Hillman Hall? Take a guided in-depth group tour, and learn about the science and history of our collection! Don’t forget to check out other great tours available to groups of all ages. Senior discounts are available.

There are many species of goldenrod (in the genus Solidago) in our region. They are often associated with runny noses and sneezing from fall allergies (hay fever), but don’t blame the goldenrods!

Their relatively heavy pollen rarely becomes air-borne, but rather these plants are insect-pollinated. Wind-pollinated species, like ragweed, are more likely your culprit. This specimen pictured here (split between two herbarium sheets) is Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis).

This jar in in our historic Alcohol House contain the contents of the stomachs of snakes that were collected for scientific study.

The Alcohol House is home to more than 250,000 amphibian and reptile specimens from around the world and is named for the 70% ethanol alcohol that preserve them.

Learn all about the mammals that existed millions of years ago in the newly renovated exhibition hall, Age of Mammals: The Cenozoic Era.

Small shouldered jar on display in Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt

The elf owl, found from the southwestern United States to central Mexico, is the world's smallest owl. Examine this taxidermy specimen up close, and see just how tiny these little birds are in Bird Hall!

Collected on September 8, 1991, this specimen was found near Tarentum, Pennsylvania by Walt Zanol.
If you had to pick the most aggressive, invasive plant in the Pittsburgh area, knotweed would be among the top choices. This particular specimen is Bohemian knotweed (Fallopia xbohemica), a hybrid between giant knotweed (Fallopia sachalinensis) and Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica). Japanese knotweed was introduced from East Asia, and giant knotweed came from Sakhalin (Russia). The hybrid likely originated when these two species met after they were introduced in Europe.

Both species and their hybrid can be found around Pittsburgh, often in enormous dense clusters along highways and waterways. Take note on your drive to work or walk in the neighborhood—knotweeds are all around!
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Arctic animals, such as the caribou, exhibit dramatic seasonal color changes in fur that help them blend with their natural surroundings. In this diorama, the caribou adapts to a white, winter environment.

Can you dig it? The exhibition hall, Age of Mammals: The Cenozoic Era, has a new look that includes this fun logo for Bone Hunters’ Quarry. The popular exhibit that invites kids to dig for fossils in a recreation of Dinosaur National Monument in Utah is now reopened after several months of updates.

Starting September 10, Sunday visitors can now enjoy two more hours at the museum! Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History will now be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Sunday.

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