Holidays at the Museums


Celebrate the holidays by making our yearly traditions your own.

From the majestic Carnegie Trees and Neapolitan presepio to spectacular exhibitions including The Scientific Art of Charles R. Knight and Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals, 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 all new CMOA Design Store and CMNH Store are sure to delight!

Carnegie Trees: Winter Wonders

trees658December 4–January 5
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. This year's trees have been created by Mernie Berger and Lowrie Ebbert with Bonnie Blaxter, Barbara Granito, and Jennifer Muse; Janet Hunt & Gail Murphy; Carole Kamin, Cynthia Cooley; Nancy Lewis with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh; and Laura Beattie & Beth Braughler with the Frick Art and Historical Society.

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.

Neapolitan presepio

presepio_658x292November 28–January 5 
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.

Guided Holiday Tours

deck the halls_658X292_2December 8–January 5
60 minutes
Hall of Architecture, CMOA Galleries

Regard the Hall of Architecture in a whole new light amidst 6 towering 20-foot Colorado spruce trees, each adorned with handcrafted ornaments that celebrate the beauty of winter. Explore 18th-century Italian village life up close and personal in the lifelike figures and colorful details of our renowned Neapolitan presepio. See how great artists depict winter in transcendent paintings from our collection.

Want to bring a group? Get details on booking group tours here.

Holiday Shopping

holiday ornaments_658x292

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

The CMOA Design Store and CMNH Store are open during
regular museum hours.
Or shop online anytime at

Museum admission not required to visit museum stores.
Free parking for vehicles parked 30 minutes or less in museum parking lot.