Your Destinations for Holiday Fun - Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Your Destinations for Holiday Fun

Celebrate with friends and family at the four Carnegie Museums. Carnegie Museum of Art is offering a whole new slate of art-filled festive events. Merry and Bright fun awaits at Carnegie Science Center. Visit old favorites and discover new traditions.


All Four Carnegie Museums

Shop Local, Unique Gifts
Shop all four Carnegie Museums stores in-person and online and support your museums. Save 10% on store purchases Nov. 25-29.

Custom Prints Sale at Carnegie Museum Art
Through Nov. 30

Give the Gift of Membership
A Carnegie Museums membership is the gift that keeps on giving, all year round! Black Friday/Cyber Monday Special: Save 20% on gifted annual memberships. Restrictions apply. Purchase a gift membership by December 10 to guarantee delivery by Christmas.


Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
(Holiday Hours: Closed Tuesdays (except Dec. 28), Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Closing at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.)

BEDAZZLED: Celebrating the Diamond Anniversary of the Carnegie Trees
Through Jan. 10, 2022
Since 1961, the annual installation and decoration of the Carnegie Trees has kicked off the holiday season at Carnegie Museum of Art. Organized every year by the Women’s Committee of Carnegie Museum of Art, this holiday happening has delighted visitors for decades. The Hall of Architecture will be transformed into a winter-wonderland featuring five soaring Fraser Fir trees will be magnificently lit and adorned with hand-made ornaments.

Neapolitan presepio
Through Jan. 10, 2022
This season, encounter the Neapolitan Presepio as never before, situated in Carnegie Museum of Art’s galleries. For the first time, this cherished fixture will be exhibited in proximity to paintings and sculptures in the collection, contextualizing the artwork. Sharing a gallery with Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces such as The Nativity and The King and the Shepherd by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, visitors will be able to enjoy and reflect on the Presepio in an inspiring and new context. .

Friends & Family Photo Studio
Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 20–Dec. 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Make Carnegie Museum of Art the backdrop for your holiday photo! Gather friends, family, loved ones, workmates, neighbors, or yourself for a portrait taken by a professional with a selection of backgrounds within the many beautiful spaces and places in the museum.

Gift-Making Workshop
Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 27–Dec. 19, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Is there a better gift than one handmade? Join our artist educators for gift-making workshops in the Hall of Architecture and create something unique for yourself or loved ones inspired by the artworks in our collection! This workshop will include admission to the museum and all the gift-making materials you need, as well as hot chocolate and holiday cookies from Café Carnegie.

Out of Office Party
Thursdays, Dec. 9 & 16, 6–9 p.m.
It’s an office party mixer to remember, and the location is Carnegie Museum of Art! Ditch the ugly sweater and awkward office party moment and bring yourself, or your whole office, to the museum!

Sounds for the Season
Saturdays, Nov. 27–Dec. 18, 1:30–3 p.m.
Delight in the sounds of the season in the Hall of Architecture among the Carnegie Trees with live musical performances featuring friends of Carnegie Museum of Art!

Art Chat: Neapolitan presepio
Nov. 20–Jan. 9
Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 10:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.

Experience the Neapolitan presepio through the eyes of Neapolitan artisans and collectors during a drop-in Art Chat with one of our esteemed docents. Art Chats are available on a drop-in basis and will take place in the galleries.

Nature Crawl (21+)
Dec. 3, 7–10 p.m.
Join friendly Carnegie Museum of Natural History staff on a 21+ self-guided crawl through some of the museum’s exhibitions. Explore museum spaces like you’ve never seen them before, including new drop-in style activities like chats with scientists, flashlight tours, a scavenger hunt, animal meet-and-greets, and more. All tickets include a drink purchase from the bar.

Super Science Saturday: Holidays Around the World
Dec. 18, 12–4 p.m.
Explore holiday traditions from around the world with Jólakötturinn (Jóla for short), the Icelandic Yule Cat. Solve Jóla’s riddles on a scavenger hunt to earn goodies, learn how to play dreidel, and enjoy a memorable holiday afternoon at the museum.

Sensory-Friendly Hours at Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Dec. 18–19, 8:30–10 a.m.
Explore the museum in a sensory friendly environment. Tours and quiet zones will be available for all guests.


Carnegie Science Center
(Holiday Hours: Closed Tuesdays (see exceptions), Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Closing at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.)

Miniature Railroad & Village®
Now open
Visit this season to see the new model and the updates made to the exhibit gallery with your generous support of the Miniature Railroad & Village 100th Anniversary Campaign. It’s a true holiday tradition for memorable family time!

Laser Holiday Magic
Daily beginning Nov. 26
Enjoy the magic of the holiday season with a festive laser celebration that’s perfect for the whole family. This show features traditional and contemporary versions of beloved holiday tunes. Sing along

The Polar Express 3D
Nov. 26, 27; Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23
Journey beyond your imagination this holiday season at The Rangos Giant Cinema as we present The Polar Express 3D, a Christmas classic that takes moviegoers on a magical, heartwarming adventure to the North Pole.

Polar PJ Parties
Sat., Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, 8 a.m.
It’s a holiday tradition like no other! Keep the kids in their PJ’s for a family fun-filled event topped off with a showing of The Polar Express in 3D.

18+ Night: Solstice Party
Fri., Dec. 17, 6-10 p.m.
Get ready for the longest night of the year with a party under the stars. Learn all about the winter solstice with a special show in Buhl Planetarium and enjoy live music.

Holiday Camps
Dec. 27–30
Give the gift of a Holiday Camp experience! Holiday Camps are perfect for ages 6-12 years old.


The Andy Warhol Museum
(Holiday Hours: Closed Tuesdays (except Dec. 28) Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.)

Marisol and Warhol Take New York 
Through Feb. 14, 2022