Josh Franzos for Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Carnegie Museums of Natural History & Art

March 26
4 – 8 p.m.

Visiting two of the Burgh’s best just got a whole lot easier.

Every Thursday in March, Carnegie Museums of Natural History and Art invite visitors of all ages to enjoy free admission from 4 to 8 p.m. That means you have one more terrific day—Thursday, March 26—to grab the entire family and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

Whether you want to check in with an old friend like the colossal Tyrannosaurus rex or check out the latest special exhibitions, there is plenty to do in March at Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Time Machines: Watches from the H.J. Heinz Collection boasts 20 spectacular time pieces owned by ketchup magnate H. J. Heinz. Get ready to turn back the hands of time as you view a gold mechanical “repeating watch” featuring figures that strike the hour—a stunning example of 17th-century clock-making technology. Other rarities include a watch once owned by British naval hero Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson and a music box watch adorned with a feathered bird.

Next, see the paleontological paintings made by artist Charles Robert Knight (1874–1953), who created some of the most recognizable dinosaur images of the 20th century, along with images of modern animals and early humans. With a wondrous selection of 10 artworks spanning 200 million years, from the Mesozoic to the modern era, the exhibit also features actual specimens from the museum’s scientific collection that illustrate the “real things” that inspired Knight’s dazzling depictions of the natural world.

In addition to all of the fun at the Museum of Natural History, you can also visit four new exhibitions at Carnegie Museum of Art. Sketch to Structure explores the architectural design process, showing viewers how buildings take shape via sketches, plans, blueprints, renderings and models. Uncrated: The Hidden Lives of Artworks provides visitors with a rare behind-the-scenes view of the museum’s collection. Find out what happens to artworks when they’re not in the galleries, and learn about the people who buy, sell, move, hang, clean and care for all of the art.

Parking is $6 per car after 5 p.m.

Jennifer BaronEvents & Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.