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Carnegie Museums in Oakland

Home to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, this historic building offers more than 10 unique spaces for your next special event. From gilded halls and marble columns to contemporary corridors and scenic overlooks. Carnegie Music Hall and the Music Hall Foyer are arguably the grandest event spaces in all of Pittsburgh. The statuesque Hall of Architecture and Hall of Sculpture will give your event the unique twist your guests will remember. Scaife Foyer is a contemporary space ideal for cocktail receptions. If you want to have a drink with Carnegie’s world-famous dinosaurs, the Foster Overlook is the perfect spot. The Founder’s Room is the very space where Andrew Carnegie once greeted his museum guests.

Featuring spaces large and small, stately and contemporary, Carnegie Museums in Oakland can host the picture-perfect event. 

Food and beverage is provided by our on-site exclusive caterer, and we’re happy to work with you to plan your menu. See our current menus.

Tell us about your event and let us get back to you with ideas. Complete an About My Event form.

You can also call us at 412.353.4795 or email us.

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The dramatic Music Hall Foyer boasts a soaring 50 foot ceiling of gilded baroque décor, supported by pillars of marble from five different countries. In addition, an ornate metal balcony overlooks this elegant space.

Capacity:
Seated- 500 (main floor + balcony)
Cocktails – 800
Wedding Reception – 300

Make your next presentation or meeting a well-orchestrated performance in Carnegie Music Hall. Built in 1895, it makes guests feel as if they’ve stepped back in time, with richly appointed crimson velvet seats, a storied stage, and near-perfect acoustics.

Capacity:
Theater seating – 1,928, with 22 accessible seats

Inspired by the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this spectacular room is home to more than 140 beautiful plaster-cast replicas of ancient masterpieces. Its sky-lit space is practically designed for a dinner party.

Capacity:
Seated with dance floor – 80
Standing Cocktails  – 100
Wedding Ceremony – 150*

*Seasonal availability–call for details.

Distinguished by a double tier of columns and a balcony, the hall is modeled after the Parthenon’s inner sanctuary. The dramatic space is constructed with brilliant white marble from the same quarries in Greece that provided the stone for the Parthenon. Simply a one-of-a-kind space for your event.

Capacity:
Seated – 210
Cocktails – 300
Wedding Reception – 120*
Wedding Ceremony – 250

*Seasonal availability–call for details.

This three-story staircase and balcony has the most amazing ambiance, thanks to the light-colored marble that encloses it as well as a ceiling full of skylights. A mural by John White Alexander covers almost 4,000 square feet of wall space.

Capacity:
Cocktails – 150
Wedding Ceremony – 120 standing

Connecting art with dinosaurs is the Scaife Foyer, with a floor-to-ceiling view of the Museum of Art Sculpture Court.

Capacity:
Cocktails – 250

For a space that’s classic, go Jurassic. This scenic mezzanine level overlooks the Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibition, which features scientifically accurate, immersive environments spanning the Mesozoic Era. Dinosaurs are arranged chronologically and filled with actively posed original fossil specimens.

Capacity:
Seated – 60
Cocktails – 100
Theater-style – 80

The space where Andrew Carnegie once welcomed his guests to his museums, the Founders Room features an ornate high ceiling, hanging alabaster lamps, and a gorgeous fireplace. The room lends an air of sophisticated elegance to any meeting, dinner, or small cocktail reception.

Capacity:
Seated- 40
Cocktails – 60
Theater-style – 60

Turn your guests loose among black bears and jaguars in this second-floor space. Features some of the continent’s most amazing animals in natural habitat dioramas and offers visitors a unique perspective on its wildlife.

Capacity:
Seated – 100
Cocktails – 150

This spectacular lobby features a breathtaking display of mineral and gem specimens, and includes access to the entire Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems. A jewel box of lush colors, wondrous forms, and striking contrasts, the hall showcases more than 1,300 minerals and gems from all over the world, including a section on minerals found right here in our backyards. New acquisitions are added to the collection on an ongoing basis.

Capacity:
Cocktails – 100

Located on the main floor of the Museum of Art, The Carnegie Cafe is a space of simple, contemporary sophistication. One side of the café has floor-to-ceiling glass walls where guests can look out onto the front patio and decorative fountain outside.

Capacity:
Seated – 120
Cocktails – 120

This state-of-the-art theater houses a 14 x14-foot screen, wood-paneled walls, and an elevated, carpeted stage with lectern. Ideal for a breakout session, presentations, or panel discussions.

Capacity:
Seating – 200