Holidays at the Museums

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Celebrate the holidays by making our yearly traditions your own.

From the majestic Carnegie Trees and Neapolitan presepio to spectacular exhibitions including Silver to Steel: The Modern Designs of Peter Muller-Munk and Jane Haskell's Modernism: A Pittsburgh Legacy, there's something for everyone at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History this holiday season! And while you’re here, why not cross some items off of your holiday gift list? Seasonal items at the CMOA Design Store and Carnegie Museum of Art Store are sure to delight!

Carnegie Trees: Holidays in the Highlands

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Hall of Architecture
Free with museum admission

Kick off your holidays with a visit to this popular seasonal display, brought to you by the Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee. See the Hall of Architecture filled with several towering 20-foot Colorado spruce trees, each adorned with handcrafted ornaments that celebrate the beauty of winter with tartan flair. This year's trees have been created by Janet Hunt and Gail Murphy; Lowrie Ebbert and Mernie Berger; Carole Kamin; Nancy Lewis, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh; Becky Jarold and Barbara Tucker; and Karen Krieger.

Founded in 1957, the Women’s Committee is dedicated to furthering the interests of Carnegie Museum of Art and promoting its cultural and educational value in the community. Since its inception, the Women’s Committee has funded the purchase of art for the collections, contributed to the museum’s infrastructure and gallery renovations, and participated as a major donor to museum endowment and capital campaigns. The Women’s Committee operates as an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation registered with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Carnegie Trees Preview Party
December 2, 5:30–8 p.m.
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Enjoy cocktails and hors d’ouevres, and be among the first to see this year’s edition of the Carnegie Trees. Our special “guests” this year include a tree decorations all the way from Skibo Castle, Andrew Carnegie’s Scotland home and current home of The Carnegie Club hotel.

Neapolitan presepio

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Hall of Architecture
Free with museum admission

A visit to Carnegie Museum of Art’s Neapolitan presepio, one of the finest Nativity scenes of its kind, has been a Pittsburgh holiday tradition since 1957. Handcrafted by artisans between 1700 and 1830, the presepio features lifelike figures and colorful details that re-create the Nativity within a vibrant panorama of 18th-century Italian village life. More than 100 superbly modeled human and angelic figures, along with animals, accessories, and architectural elements, cover a 250-square-foot area and create a memorable depiction of the Nativity as seen through the eyes of Neapolitan artisans and collectors.

Holiday Shopping

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Looking for incredible gift ideas? Discover a remarkable array of unique gifts, holiday decor, stocking stuffers and more at the CMOA Design Store and Carnegie Museum of Art Store. No matter who you're shopping for, you won't find better gift ideas anywhere else!

The CMOA Design Store and Carnegie Museum of Art Store are open during regular museum hours.
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Museum admission not required to visit museum stores.
Free parking for vehicles parked 30 minutes or less in museum parking lot.