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We Are Nature: Living in the Anthropocene

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Opening October 28, 2017


Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Free with museum admission



Discover more about humanity's complex relationship with the environment and add your voice to the conversation in We Are Nature—the first exhibition in North America to focus on the Anthropocene.

The Anthropocene is the current geological era in which humans are making a profound impact on the geological strata. While the term itself is still being debated by geologists, the museum is embracing it as a social and cultural tool for exploring the broad sum effect humans are having on the planet.

Explore the Anthropocene for yourself as an era and a concept. Wander through a “human diorama” to contemplate the impact that our everyday lives have on a complicated and fragile ecosystem.

Examine evidence of this new era observed in taxidermy, minerals, and more from the museum’s hidden collection that Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s scientific staff selected to exemplify the Anthropocene. Each object tells a story of climate change, pollution, extinction, habitat alteration, or modification at the hands of humanity. Positive stories about humanity helping and repairing ecosystems are also highlighted in the exhibition. Learn how the natural has been modified into the post-natural, and find out about the results, both intentional and accidental.

Interact with engaging exhibits designed to incorporate you into the local and global conversation about the Anthropocene. Digitally explore one of our oldest collections kept in The Alcohol House to understand how museum collections change over time. Cast your vote, as sobering as it may be, on the next celebrity animal extinction, and share your reactions to the Anthropocene.

Get inspired by exhibits that connect you to the issues that you care about and to local organizations that you are interested in who are already doing their part to make the relationship between humans and the environment more positive. Touch-screen interactives and special in-gallery activities will leave you feeling inspired and ready to act in the age of humanity.


We Are Nature is presented by Highmark, with leadership support provided by Colcom Foundation. Major support is provided by The Charity Randall Foundation, with additional support by Ronald J. and Mary Ann Zdrojkowski and John K. Orndorff, Jr.

Highmark   Charity Randall