Charles "Teenie" Harris, Women and school children holding portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in classroom, c. 1950-1970, black and white: Kodak Safety Film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2018

Various Locations

Free with Admission


Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! All activities are free with museum admission. As always, admission is half-price after 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Discover a selection of drop-in activities throughout the day, including screenings and art-making, as well as stories from civil rights-era Pittsburgh in Teenie Harris Photographs: In Their Own Voice.

Special Program Offerings

Screening: Dr. King's I Have a Dream Speech in Earth Theater

All day

Watch Dr. King's legendary speech in Natural History's Earth Theater. It will play all day on a loop.

Screening: The People Are The Light in CMOA Theater

10:30 a.m.–4 p.m., starting every half hour

Alisha Wormsley's new film was inspired by a month-long series of events that she curated in Homewood as part of the Hillman Photography Initiative. Wormsley partnered with 12 artists and collaborators to launch two site-specific installations and 10 workshops in the community on subjects such as restorative writing, yoga and meditation, hair art, and the Black Maker Movement.

Collaborative Dream Mural in the Studio

11 a.m.–4 p.m., with a final mural viewing at 4 p.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. valued the meaningful change that committed individuals can make when working toward good. Contribute to a collaborative mural by stopping by The Studio, right next to the theater, on your way to or from the film, The People Are The Light. Add drawings, writings, or collage responses that express your dreams for our collective future and engage in discussion about what actions you can take to make positive changes. Bring the whole family! Come back at 4 pm to see the completed mural.

Self-Portraits in the Scaife Galleries

11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Look at example portraits found in the galleries, then create your very own self portrait to take home. Join in on conversations that reveal to us that even though we are different in many ways on the outside, we have many of the same hopes, dreams, and feelings on the inside.

Natural History Spotlight Tours

Noon–3 p.m.

Visit some Natural History exhibits that highlight civil rights and environmental justice issues.

Back-To-Back Drawing in the Scaife Galleries

11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

In the spirit of collaboration, work with your family, friends, or another visitor to sketch a work of art based only on their description of it. Join us in the Scaife Galleries for this fun drawing game that emphasizes working together and communication.

Teenie Harris Photographs: In Their Own Voice in the Lobby Gallery

Guest curator and oral historian Dr. Ben Houston's selections from the Teenie Harris Archive, and from his own oral histories, create a rich conversation on community and identity during the civil rights movement in Pittsburgh.