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Visiting the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Art~ Part 1

Hey everyone! During our 24 hours in Pittsburgh, we spent quite a portion of time at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Art. Now, with a name like that, “Natural History and Art,” we most definitely will have to split the trip into more than one blog post.

First and foremost, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Art is huge. There are so many different things to see and, unfortunately, we didn’t get to see them all. However, we did make a point of seeing as much art in the museum as possible.

Oh, and most of the dinosaurs too.

But let’s go in order from first to last of the exhibits Kathleen and I visited, starting with the famous architectural and statue casts. I thought that this exhibit was one of the best in the entire museum. Every single piece of art is, as the exhibit name suggests, a plaster cast, but it looks really realistic.

Let’s start with the architecture. Apologies in advance for some of the blurry pictures. We only had cell phone cameras at our disposal.


What I find particularly astounding is that the museum was able to create such realistic looking casts of entire fronts of buildings and set them up in the museum itself.


These are hieroglyphics carved into an Egyptian column. I still couldn’t believe that these were plaster casts!


There were just so many pieces! Moving on to the sculptures, they had several famous sculptures in cast form. The main ones were Venus de Milo, Augustus of Prima Porta, a statue of Athena, and the Winged Victory (or the Nike of Samothrace).

I was ecstatic when I saw the cast of the Winged Victory. It’s one of my favorite statues, and seeing it as a cast will hold me over until I can get to Paris, France and see it for real :P.


This next sculpture is the cast of the Colossal Bust of Athena. And yes, that’s the actual name. The bust is at least twice the size of a regular bust, making it “colossal.”IMG_2173[1]

Here are some of the other statues.


The amount of casts in this part of the museum was astonishing, and I highly recommend checking it out for yourself. I really could have spend all day in this exhibit alone. There was just to many things to take in!

Well, that’s it for Part 1. There are many more Pittsburgh posts to come, so keep on the lookout for those :).

~Elizabeth and Kathleen


4 thoughts on “Visiting the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Art~ Part 1

  1. Your pictures are amazing-not blurry at all. The sculpture is really wonderful. It is great that these replicas can show us what the real ones look like in case we never are able to get to the originals. However, no place is any further away than the price of the ticket to get there and I do hope Paris is in your future. I will never forget the thrill I experienced when I saw Winged Victory in the Louvre. The memory still brings flutters to my heart. I am so pleased you enjoyed the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Art!

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  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed my favourite place on earth. Pittsburgh is my much-loved and much-missed hometown, and the Carnegie is a place I’ve been visiting since I was probably about three years old. It’s pretty much my Happiest Place on Earth. The Hall of Architecture has always been a major favourite (along with the dinosaurs, especially Dippy — our Diplodocus has a name, lol), and I see from your other entries you liked some of the same paintings I’ve loved most of my life (Monet’s Water Lilies have been a major love since I was a toddler).

    The Hall of Architecture contains some of the Carnegie’s earliest exhibit pieces. Such pieces were common in museums at one time (100+ years ago) but somewhere along the line, museums began to feel exhibits should be “real things” and not replicas — and got rid of or destroyed their similar pieces. The Carnegie thankfully kept theirs, in part because they’re part of the history of the museum itself. I’ve always loved the Hall of Architecture.


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