Behind The Scenes at Carnegie Museum, Feb 18

Ivory-billed Woodpecker specimen, Carnegie Museum of Natural History (photo by Kate St.John)
Ivory-billed Woodpecker in the Section of Birds, held by Collection Manager Steve Rogers, Carnegie Museum (photo by Kate St.John)

Let’s go birding indoors!

Come to Carnegie Museum’s Section of Birds on Saturday, February 18 for a behind the scenes tour led by Collection Manager Stephen Rogers and other bird specialists (including myself).

Stephen manages both the Birds and Amphibians & Reptiles collections at the Carnegie, both ranked in the top ten collections in the North America. The Bird collection contains almost 190,000 specimens, most of which are preserved as study skins, but also includes skeletons, eggs, fluid specimens, mounts and other preparations. Steve is also a skilled scientific preparator and taxidermist who has prepared roughly 15,000 birds for the collection.

When:  Saturday February 18.  Walk-ins welcome 10:30am to 12:30pm at the Section of Birds office.

Where:  Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
*** Come to the Section of Birds Office, midway along Bird Hallway on the 3rd floor. ***

Who:  Anyone can walk in.  (Please leave a comment below if you plan to attend so we can get a crowd estimate.)

Cost:  There is no extra fee for this tour but there is an admission fee for the museum.
Free to museum members. Non-member rates are: Adults $19.95,  Seniors (65+) $14.95,  Students with ID and children 3-18 $11.95.  Click here for details.

For directions and information about Carnegie Museum, see their website at

Hope to see you there!


p.s. The ivory-billed woodpecker pictured above is just one of the many specimens in the Section of Birds.

(photo by Kate St. John)

11 thoughts on “Behind The Scenes at Carnegie Museum, Feb 18

  1. Hi Kate
    My husband Chuck and I would like to join the tour. I am excited to go behind the scenes! Thanks for setting this up!

  2. I would like to be there. I’ve got another event that day and will have to work out whether I can do both.

    Can you clarify — Is it OK to arrive at any time within the given time window and leave any time? I didn’t know what sort of tour it was and didn’t want to be rude to come and go.

    I’d love to take advantage of this if I can manage to get everywhere I planned to be. A friend has expressed interest as well. So, a possible +2.

    1. Heather, you can come and go any time within the two hour window. The Section of Birds will be open to the public.

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