About Us

History

History

We go back a long way.

The Carnegie Museums of today is a lot different than the Carnegie Museums founded by Pittsburgh industrialist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. But then, Andrew Carnegie would have expected nothing less, since he created his museums to be places of exploration that are constantly changing. 

Today, we are a collection of four creative, inspiring, thought-provoking places of exploration: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. We educate young people and attract lifetime learners of all ages. We are the largest, most far-reaching cultural organization in the Pittsburgh region, known throughout the world for our vast art and scientific collections and our scientific research. And we’re a community leader in educational outreach.

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Take a walk through our storied past in the Historical Timeline at the top of this page.

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Carnegie International

1896 – It may not look too contemporary to us today, but the first-ever Carnegie International brought the world’s coolest art to Pittsburgh in 1896. And the tradition continues today.

 

Carnegie Science Center

1991 – Carnegie Museums in collaboration with the Buhl Foundation picked a prime spot right along the Ohio River to be the site of a modern new science center and the new home of Buhl Planetarium.
 

 

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A New Identity

1986 – Pittsburgh's largest
and most far-reaching cultural organization became known as The Carnegie this year. To this day, the region still refers to Andrew Carnegie's Pittsburgh museums as "The Carnegie."

 

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The King and Andy... together forever in Pittsburgh

1994 – It only made sense that the institution where Andy Warhol first studied art—Carnegie Museums—would be the one to bring him back to Pittsburgh.
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Digging up Dippy

1899 – Andrew Carnegie’s scientific sleuths had their marching orders: Find a dinosaur for Pittsburgh. And they did: an 84-foot saropaud, nicknamed “Dippy” decades later.