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Our family has been blessed with an amazing gift-a family membership to Carnegie Museums. We now have free access for one year to all 4 Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Perfect gift for a large family!
We took advantage of this opportunity for a homeschool learning adventure as soon as possible. The boys had a hard time choosing between the 4 museums. Which would you choose?
- Carnegie Museum of Art
- Carnegie Museum of Natural History
- Carnegie Science Center
- The Andy Warhol Museum
We initially were going to visit the Natural History museum to enrich our All American History studies but it was closed on the day we could go. The boys shrieked with joy when they heard that we would be going to the Carnegie Science Center and Highmark SportWorks®. A day full of hands-on science fun is always a win for this crew!
Best Field Trips In Pittsburgh-Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center has 4 floors of interactive exhibits. The first floor now houses the H2Oh-Why Our Rivers Matter exhibit. As you move among the demonstrations and hands-on opportunities, you get to gaze out over the confluence of the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio Rivers (where Pittsburgh gets one of its nicknames, Three Rivers). You also can watch the Duquesne Incline go up and down Mount Washington.
The first floor also had a nature room with animals, fish, and reptiles on display. A shelf of preserved animals was fascinating to us all. Captain had fun learning about how a fish sees.
Bear, our bug boy, did not want to leave the Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. He was thrilled to hold one and kept calling it his baby. (He definitely does not get his affinity for bugs from me!)
Our next stop was the SpacePlace. We all marveled at the buttons, switches, and screens in a space station module. Smiley made some interesting observations and discoveries.
The Miniature Railroad & Village® display is intricate in detail and fascinating to observe. We were fortunate to have a volunteer give us more information about the display that chronicles Pittsburgh history.
The boys were delighted to discover a roboworld™ exhibit. They got to operate a few of the robots, as well as learn a bit of robot history in movies.
The top floor is a designed primarily for younger ages with Exploration Station Jr. (Older kids can have fun with Exploration Station in adjoining area.) The boys love playing with a gigantic ball machine where kids work together. There is so much for little ones to do! Big blocks, climbing, learning about instruments, and dental hygiene. The favorite activity on this floor is the huge water table.
Best Field Trips In Pittsburgh-Highmark SportsWorks®
After we pulled the younger boys away from the top floor, we headed over to Highmark SportsWorks®. We love sports around here and this exhibit rocks! Hands-on activities for learning about speed and balance-the science behind sports!
The Carnegie Museums offer some of the best field trips in the Pittsburgh area, especially for homeschoolers. We look forward to visiting the Natural History Museum soon. This summer, we will visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater (Kaufmann Residence). I will keep you updated on all of our homeschool field trips!
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