Holidays at the Museums

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Celebrate the holidays by making our yearly traditions your own.

From the majestic trees and Neapolitan presepio to spectacular exhibitions including Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals and Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again, there’s something for everyone. And, don’t forget your gift listour museum stores have truly one-of-a-kind gifts that will make your holidays brighter!  

Holidays at the museums is sponsored by:


Carnegie Trees: Winter Wonders

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Hall of Architecture
Free with museum admission    

Join us for this popular seasonal display to 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.

Be among the first to enjoy a first look at the six uniquely decorated Carnegie Trees at the 2014 Carnegie Trees Opening Celebration, December 3, hosted by the Women’s Committee of Carnegie Museum of Art. 

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.

Deck the Halls

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Carnegie Music Hall

The Women’s Committee of Carnegie Museum of Art invites you to a very special holiday presentation by three of Pittsburgh’s premier floral designers—Allison McGreary, Jimmy Lohr, and Nathan McCarthy. Watch as they create spectacular arrangements on stage while discussing trends and holiday inspirations. The arrangements, as well as three exquisitely decorated pre-lit faux trees also created by our talented designers, will be raffled to the attending audience. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the latest in design trends for the holidays and a chance to take home your own floral masterpiece. 

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

holiday_store_leymarie_658x400Looking for that perfect holiday gift for a friend or loved one? The stores at Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History offer unique, imaginative, and affordable gifts—many of them exclusive to the museums. 

The stores are open during museum hours.

FREE PARKING for vehicles parked for 30 minutes or less in Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History’s parking lot.