fall has been quite eventful at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.
Carnegie Museum of Art opened its delightful current exhibition,
Louis Comfort Tiffany: Artist for the Ages. Carnegie
Science Center unveiled its new Buhl Digital Dome, which
the state of the art in planetarium video projection coupled
with a direct link to NASA’s incredible database
of the latest images from space. The Andy Warhol Museum
launched a truly groundbreaking online curriculum, through
which teachers can download lesson plans that use the art
and life of Andy Warhol to engage students in the humanities
(see story). Carnegie Museum
of Natural History completed the construction of its new
exhibit spaces and will soon begin creating the real-life
environments that our dinosaurs will eventually live in
come November 2007. And, after months of planning, we launched
an exciting new Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh website
that acknowledges our many audiences and their diverse
interests (see story).
The site also speaks to the great diversity of our four
museums, cross-referencing visitors to information about
all the wonderful things our four museums are and featuring
a complete daily calendar of all that’s happening
at our museums. Please take a look at www.carnegiemuseums.org—and
please visit often!
To cap it all off, on November 8, we
were pleased to announce the public phase of Carnegie Museums’ Building
the Future campaign, which you can read
more about here. This isn’t a campaign to meet goals that
are far off in a future we’re only dreaming about.
a campaign about making the most of our incredible assets
today in order to build a stronger and even more far-reaching
family of museums tomorrow.
We’re so fortunate to
be conducting a major campaign with such amazing physical
foundations on which to build
our future—from the historic Oakland facility that
houses Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, to
Carnegie Science Center’s riverside campus on Pittsburgh’s
North Shore, to The Andy Warhol Museum strategically located
across the river from downtown Pittsburgh, connected by
the newly named Andy Warhol Bridge.
We’re also extremely
fortunate and proud to be building our future on a strong
foundation of exploration and education.
Our museums do both so well. Collectively, they are an
As we begin this final phase of our $150
million Building the Future campaign, it’s my hope
that every member of Carnegie Museums, and every resident
of this region,
will feel a great sense of pride and ownership in Carnegie
Museums of Pittsburgh. This institution was, after all,
created for all of us to enjoy and to support. And we sincerely
thank you, our members, and all of the donors to our campaign
to date, for Building the Future with us.
David Hillenbrand, President
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh