Spring 2008

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s Building the Future campaign ends with $161 million in funds raised and an impressive list of completed projects that are already making a difference.
the future is now

As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.” So said Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French author of the internationally beloved novella, The Little Prince. And on November 8, 2006, at the kickoff event for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s Building the Future campaign, Carnegie Museums President David Hillenbrand mapped out how Pittsburgh’s largest cultural institution had already staked out—and enabled—an impressive future.

“This campaign isn’t about goals we hope to realize sometime far off in the distance,” he said to a gathering of 150 friends and supporters. “Our goals are here and now.”

The project goals he spoke about were as far-flung as a marsh wastewater system, one that both conserves water and teaches kids the science of green technologies (part of a larger Powdermill Nature Reserve expansion); new, multi-purpose classrooms in Carnegie Museums’ Oakland facility; the state of the art in planetarium technology at Carnegie Science Center; and the world’s premier dinosaur exhibit, Dinosaurs in Their Time. Disparate, yes. But while each project is vastly different in size and scope, Hillenbrand notes, “no one project is less important to Carnegie Museums’ mission to engage people of all ages in exploration of all kinds through art and science.”

On February 7, 2008, a little over a year after the public announcement of the campaign, Carnegie Museums announced it more than met its monetary goal of $150 million; it surpassed it, with $161 million in total gifts. The campaign goes on record as the largest in Carnegie Museums’ 113-year history. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the campaign’s outcome and the great good our museums will be able to do with the funds raised,” says Hillenbrand.  

Just as important as the campaign total, notes Campaign Chair Lee Foster, is that, “in every sense of the word, this was a true community campaign”—with donations coming from 6,900 individuals and organizations. “The Pittsburgh region really embraced the campaign as its own, and took genuine ownership in the future of the four Carnegie Museums.”  

Foster was joined by an impressive group of community leaders in spearheading the campaign’s fundraising efforts: Jack Barbour, Ray Betler, Bob Bozzone, Suzy Broadhurst (chair of the Carnegie Museums Board  of Trustees), Judy Davenport, Toto Fisher, Bill Hunt, Sean Sebastian, Janie Thompson, Hugh Van der Veer, Pete Veeder, Jim Wilkinson, and Margot Woodwell.

“To these dedicated volunteers, and to the thousands of donors who believed in our vision for the future, we owe our most sincere thanks,” Hillenbrand says. “Because of them, our museums have never been better positioned to make a difference, in the region and the world.”

Scaife Galleries
Completed September 2003
New skylights, climate-control system, and technology infrastructure
Total re-hang of permanent collection
70 percent more art on display
Expanded Works on Paper Galler
R.P. Simmons
FAMILY Gallery
Opened Spring of 2003
8,000 square feet of
special exhibits space
Named and dedicated May 2006 after a $5 million gift from the R.P. Simmons family created an endowment for future traveling exhibits 

Buhl Digital Dome
Opened September 2006
New full-dome projection, high-definition
planetarium technology
Named in honor of The Buhl Foundation, which gave a  $1 million gift
DigitalSky system includes images downloaded weekly from NASA spacecraft
First produced show, A Traveler’s Guide to Mars, premiered May 12, 2007; produced through a gift of $400,000 from The Bozzone Family Foundation

Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems Expansion
Reopened June 2007
8,000 square feet of renovated space
Wertz Gallery: Gems and Jewelery opened September 2007, named in honor of Ron Wertz, longtime president of The Hillman Foundation

Dinosaurs in Their Time
Opened (Phase I)
November 21, 2007
18,000 square feet of
exhibit space
New three-story Jurassic Atrium
19 mounted dinosaurs,
15 of them real fossils
Lifelike murals that extend the lush environments of
the exhibit
Powdermill Nature Reserve Expansion
Opened December 2, 2007
10,000-square-foot “green” expansion
New and renovated
New restrooms that run wastewater through a
marsh machine
A Geographic Information System (GIS) lab for use 
in bird research

Center for Museum Education
Opened December 2007
11,000 square feet of new and renovated space
Six flexible classrooms
A dedicated Distance Learning Studio

Carnegie Museums Endowment
$41 million in endowment raised
$15 million is unrestricted endowment
$26 million is designated to exhibition or education endowment


Nearly 6,900 individuals and organizations gave to the Building the Future campaign—“a true community campaign,” says Lee Foster, chair of the campaign. Following are the names of those who gave at extraordinary levels. (A complete listing of campaign donors will appear in a special supplement of the summer issue of Carnegie magazine.)

$10 million and above
  • The Hillman Family—including Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. Hillman, Hillman Foundation, Henry L. Hillman Foundation, William Talbott Hillman Foundation and Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation—gave $19.2 million towards the campaign. Their gifts were directed to unrestricted endowment; Dinosaurs in Their Time; program endowment for The Andy Warhol Museum and Carnegie Museum of Art; the renovation and expansion of Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems; and additional program support for all four museums.
  • The Heinz Endowments gave $16 million for Dinosaurs in Their Time; program endowment for The Andy Warhol Museum; Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Powdermill program endowment; the Scaife Galleries renovation; and additional program support for all four museums.
  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania gave $15 million for Dinosaurs in Their Time.

$5 million - $9,999,999
  • Eden Hall Foundation
  • The Fine Foundation 
  • Richard King Mellon Foundation
  • R. P. Simmons Family

$1 million - $4,999,999
  • Anonymous (3)
  • Irene and Robert Bozzone
  • The Buhl Foundation
  • The Grable Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Stanley R. Gumberg
  • Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Kraus
  • Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Foundation
  • Mellon Financial Corporation
  • PNC and PNC Foundation
  • Adrienne and Milton Porter Foundation at the recommendation of
    Mr. and Mrs. Lee B. Foster
  • Robert S. Waters
  • The Women’s Committee of Carnegie Museum of Art

Also in this issue:

Traveling Warhol  ·  The Art of Being Human  ·  The Explorers Club  ·  Seeing Stars  ·  Director's Note  ·  NewsWorthy  ·  Now Showing  ·  Face Time: Matt Wrbican  ·  Science & Nature: A Scoop Full  ·  Artistic License: Animal Attraction  ·  First Person: Full Body Experience  ·  Then & Now: The museum as classroom