If you live near Pittsburgh or are just there for a visit, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History is a must see. The entire family will enjoy this outing. not only will you love the exhibits but the building itself is something to marvel at. The architecture and detail of the building is breathtaking. In addition to natural history the museum has an art section as well.
The first floor features the recently renovated dinosaur display. This was my sons favorite part. Scientists have reconfigured the layout of some dinosaur bones and created new theories of how they looked and moved. The new dino exhibit at the museum reflects these changes and much more. In past years the display was incredible but simple; the dinosaurs were in one big boring room. Now, you enter a pathway that leads to multiple displays of dinosaur bones. Detailing on the walls of plants and trees magnifies the experience. There are dozens of different dinosaurs to look at, you won’t be disappointed. Also on the first floor, you can tour the Hall of Gems. A beatuifl display of fine stones, gems, and some jewelry.
Now up to the second floor. This is where the animals live. These exhibits show detailed nature scenes of flora and fauna. Walking past the animals really gives you awareness of how large some are; such as the brown bear and giraffe. Each exhibit features the animals habitat with appropriate plants, trees and birds to depict. The Hall of Botany is also here and features exhibits of plants set in a large enclosed scene much like the animal exhibits.
From here you can head up to the third floor. This floor has a hall of birds of many varieties. The hall leads out to other sections of the museum. You can chose to enter the Egyptian, the Arctic World, or the American Indian section of the museum. From here you can also pass into the art portion of the building. The natural history portion of the third floor is quite amazing and involves more reading and detail. However there are things for younger family members to enjoy too. such as an igloo that you can walk through in the Arctic World. The American Indian exhibits have numerous interactive displays that show the culture of Indians. This portion of the museum took us the longest and was very informative.
The museum also features a cafe if you need a bite to eat but aren’t ready to leave yet. Lockers are available so you don’t have to lug your coats and bags around. And bathrooms are located on every floor. If you have young ones, don’t forget to stop by the discovery room on the lower level; it is small inside but filled with activities. I hope anyone who visits enjoys it as much as we do.