Get Festive at Carnegie Museums

Spend quality friend and family time enjoying holiday favorites, such as the Miniature Railroad & Village and the Neapolitan presepio, and creating new traditions by exploring holidays around the world, making laser-cut ornaments, and spreading cheer at adults-only holiday events.


All Four Carnegie Museums

Just for Members: 20% Museum Store Discount

Through Dec 1
Shop all four Carnegie Museums stores and support your museums.

Museum Store Sunday
Dec. 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Find perfect gifts for everyone on your list and support your museums! Carnegie Museums members receive 25% off of regularly priced purchases. Non-members receive 20% off of purchases of $50 or more.

Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
(Holiday hours: Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Open Christmas Eve from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.)

Carnegie Trees and Neapolitan Presepio
Dec. 5, 2019–Jan. 6, 2020
This year’s theme takes inspiration from favorite artworks from our collection. Come see these towering evergreens and our beautiful presepio to be part of this beloved Pittsburgh tradition.

Visit Sven the Reindeer
Nov. 27, 2019–Jan. 2, 2020
Visit this famous caribou in Discovery Basecamp and write your letter to Santa. Be nice, Andy the Elf on the Shelf is hiding in the exhibits to help Santa make his list and check it twice.

Holiday Story Sundays
Dec. 1 and 15, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Listen to a winter-themed story in the galleries, then create artwork of your own! Perfect for families with young children.

Winter Wonderland 21+
Dec. 13, 7–10 p.m.
Get fancy and celebrate the holidays at the art museum! Snap snazzy photos, dance under snowflakes, craft holiday keepsakes, get cozy in our galleries, and create memories with friends.

Winter Wonderland Pajama Party
Dec. 14, 5–7 p.m.
Grab your best holiday pajamas and enjoy a family dance party! Featuring hot chocolate, cookies, art-making, and plenty of good cheer.

Super Science Saturday: Holidays Around the World
Dec. 14, Noon–4 p.m.
Travel around the world as you explore holiday-themed stations throughout the museum. Learn about the holiday traditions of other cultures through amazing artifacts, festive holiday foods like Italian pizzelles, and hands-on crafts. See the museum all decorated for the holidays, pet Sven our friendly reindeer, and send a letter to Santa!

Sensory Friendly Saturday: Holidays Around the World
Dec. 28, 8:30–10 a.m.
Same event description as above. To provide the most sensory-friendly environment possible, advance registration is required.

Carnegie Science Center
(Holiday Hours: Closed Dec. 15 and Christmas)

Miniature Railroad & Village
Explore hundreds of animated scenes including Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fallingwater, Forbes Field, and the latest addition, Kaufmann’s Department Store, the original mecca downtown Pittsburgh.

Holiday Movies on the Giant Screen!
See favorites like White Christmas, Elf, and It’s a Wonderful Life at The Rangos Giant Cinema this season.

Laser-cut Holiday Ornaments
Design and create your own laser-cut holiday ornaments in BNY Mellon Fab Lab.

Polar Express Events
Journey beyond your imagination this holiday season with our events inspired by the magical, heartwarming adventure to the North Pole.

Science and Cinema: Elf 18+Night
Dec. 6, 7 p.m.–midnight
Grab a buddy and spread cheer at our adults-only holiday event.

Elf: The Sleepover
Dec. 7
Grab a buddy and discover your inner elf at our fun-filled holiday Sleepover! Watch Elf on the big screen in The Rangos Giant Cinema, sing-along to a holiday laser show, and create a delicious hot chocolate concoction. Make a light-up holiday card, experiment with wintery science, and try your hand at snowball toss and pin the tusk on the narwhal.

School’s Out Science Workshops
When school is out, science is in! On special days when school is closed, we want to continue child education. At School’s Out Science, we invite campers to explore our exhibits, see a live theater show or a film in The Rangos Giant Cinema, and carry out interactive science experiments. It’s a great alternative to daycare!

Laser Holiday Magic
Delight in the festive lights and musical wonders at this magical holiday laser show for all ages.

MessFest on New Year’s Day
Have a messy, gooey good time with funger painting, Ooblec, a pudding pi-eating race, and more.