Celebrate at Carnegie Museums

This festive season, spend time with your family at our family of museums. We have something every age group will enjoy.


All Four Carnegie Museums
November 11–December 3
: Member Shopping Days
Get a jump on your holiday shopping! Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members get 20% off purchases at all four Carnegie Museums stores during these dates. Some exclusions apply. Become a member.

Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History

November 29: Carnegie Trees Opening Celebration
The Women’s Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art invites you to the 56th annual Carnegie Trees Opening Celebration: Beloved Children’s Book Characters. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in CMOA’s magnificent Hall of Architecture, surrounded by five soaring evergreens decorated to celebrate the characters from favorite books like The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. 5:30–8 p.m.

November 30–January 7: Carnegie Trees and Neopolitan presepio
This year’s theme is Beloved Children’s Books, featuring trees inspired by The Cat in the Hat, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, The Jungle Book, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Every day from 1–3 p.m., CMOA docents are available to speak with visitors of all ages about the presepio and the history of this beloved Pittsburgh tradition.

December 1: CMOA on Ice Winter Party (SOLD OUT!)
Get your holiday season started right with an incredible 21+ blowout at Carnegie Museum of Art! We’ll have ice skating INSIDE our magical Hall of Sculpture! Plus, a taste of some delicious Great Lakes Brewing Company beers, sweet treats from one of the biggest cookie tables Pittsburgh has ever seen, gifts crafting, holiday card photo booth in front of reproductions of our classic paintings, and much more.

December 2: CMOA Store Holiday Open House
CMOA has everything you need for holiday cheer—and holiday shopping! Join us for festive fun at the CMOA Store all day long. Check out a selection of unique, locally-designed gifts for everyone on your list. We’re offering free gift wrapping and live music throughout the day. We’ll also have ice skating in our Hall of Sculpture for just $5!

December 8: A John Waters Christmas: Holier & Dirtier
We welcome back the legendary writer and director, John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, Cry Baby), to the Carnegie Lecture Hall with his critically acclaimed one-man show. Co-presented with The Andy Warhol Museum.

Carnegie Science Center

December 2: Frozen Sign Along
What better way to welcome the winter than with a very special sing along showing of Disney’s Frozen. Get ready to “Let it Go” as you belt out your favorite songs from the film from your seats in the brand-new Rangos Giant Cinema.

December 8: The Polar Express Sleepover
It’s a perfect way to warm your heart and add sparkle to the season. Enjoy a special evening of festive fun AND the modern holiday classic The Polar Express in our brand-new Rangos Giant Cinema!

December 22: 21+ Night: Ugly Sweater Party
In honor of Star Wars: The Last Jedi being shown in the Rangos Giant Cinema*, enjoy special themed activity tables. Make a storm trooper snowflake, a pool noodle light saber, or a batch of galaxy oobleck. Create the perfect present-topper with recycled film from our old Omnimax theater. Enjoy treats like Ugly Sweater Slushies, frozen with liquid nitrogen, and a hot cocoa bar where visitors can top off their drink with marshmallow science.

Miniature Railroad & Village
Don’t miss this Pittsburgh holiday tradition! Featuring hundreds of wonderfully realistic animated scenes that illustrate how people lived, worked, and played in our region during an era spanning the 1880s to the late 1930s. New this year: Primanti Bros. in the Strip District!

The Polar Express
Coming this December to the Rangos Giant Cinema!

Holiday Magic
Experience the magic of the holiday season with a little science at this magical holiday laser show perfect for the whole family. Featuring traditional holiday tunes from across generations to contemporary artists performing their personal favorites, this matinee laser show is guaranteed to be a hit with all ages.

Holiday Camps
Holiday Camps are a great way to add some science to your child’s school break! Campers will explore the museum, see a live theater show or science film, and participate in fun, hands-on science activities.