Paper gingerbread figures hang on a holiday tree with lights in the background.

Holidays at the Museums

From the majestic Carnegie Trees and Neapolitan presepio to spectacular exhibitions including the Carnegie International and Reptiles Live, there’s something for everyone at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History this holiday season! While you’re here, the kids can visit Sven the Reindeer or write letters to Santa while the adults cross some items off of their holiday gift lists. Seasonal items and special events at the CMOA Store and Carnegie Museum of Natural History Store are sure to delight!

Schedule of Holiday Programs

Carnegie Trees and Neapolitan Presepio

November 30–January 7, 2019

This year’s theme is a collaboration with Carnegie International artist Karen Kilimnik. Come see these towering evergreens and our beautiful presepio to be part of this beloved Pittsburgh tradition.

Letters to Santa


Bring a letter or write one at Carnegie Museum of Natural History to drop in a mailbox to the North Pole. The touchable reindeer, Sven, will be keeping guard, so make sure to pet him a few times as a “thank you” for his hard work.

Carnegie International Art Chats

Daily, 12:15–12:45 p.m.

Enjoy a lively, daily conversation with an expert in the Carnegie International. Discover a new group of artworks each week.

Drop-In Carnegie International Gallery Tour

Daily, 1:15–2:15 p.m.

Learn about the works in the Carnegie International and find a new perspective on contemporary art. Every tour is unique and free with admission.

Postcommodity: Musical Interpretations

Thursday–Sunday, 1–1:30 p.m.

Hear local musicians perform a jazz improvisation based on an award-winning artwork in the International.

Weekend Drop-In Collection Tour

Friday–Sunday, 2–3 p.m.

Learn about the works in CMOA’s collection. Every tour is unique and free with admission.


Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Join us in our galleries for hands-on activities for all ages. We’ll work together on art-making projects—just drop in!