Carnegie magazine - Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Nyjah Cephas is a naturalist educator for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

Photo: Joshua Franzos

Photo: Nic Lockerman

Big Picture

Visit Pittsburgh’s best attraction and the most-visited museum, with four floors of interactive exhibits. Marvel at astronomy in Buhl Planetarium and learn about the human body in BodyWorks. Embark on a 300-million-mile journey in Mars: The Next Giant Leap. Imagine a human settlement and consider how to solve the questions that face life on Earth when you create a new society on Mars. Watch hair-raising live shows and discover an array of programs for the entire family. Watch model trains chug through western Pennsylvania in our Miniature Railroad & Village®! And, if you are looking for physical activity, test your bravery on our Ropes Challenge, one of the many sports-related activities in Highmark SportsWorks®. There’s no shortage of fun things to do at Carnegie Science Center.

Face Time

Gretchen Baker

Gretchen Baker

The line between art and science is blurry for Gretchen Baker. “Art was always a way that I explored nature, and it helped me understand biodiversity,” says Baker, the Daniel G. and Carole L. Kamin Director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The Illinois native began her career at Chicago’s Field Museum, where she entered as a scientist and eventually became deputy director of exhibitions. Before joining the Museum of Natural History in April 2021, she had also served as vice president of exhibitions and living collections for the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County and managing director of museum experience at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Baker’s appreciation for the relationship between art and science has only grown since she began working in Oakland.

Inside the Museums

Carnegie Museum of Art conservators expose fakes, restore past glory, and play doctor to every art form imaginable. Above, Ellen Baxter works on the portrait of Isabella de Medici.