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Kids dressed in handmade Super Hero costumes and standing in action poses

Summer camps, pre-camp care, and post-camp care take place at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Campers may arrive any time after 7:30 a.m. For details, visit Camp Procedures.

Students and teacher in Egyptian galleries

Take a trip through time at the natural history museum! Visit the dawn of time, and schedule a side-trip to the Jurassic to study the bite force of awe-inspiring dinosaurs. Fast forward to the kingdom of pharaohs to get a feel for daily life in ancient Egypt. Keep moving forward and unearth the history of the earliest human habitation in North America on an extended day trip to Meadowcroft Rockshelter.

Campers will meet at the Portal Entry near the parking garage each morning. Cost includes field trip day to Meadowcroft Rockshelter. Museum pick up on field trip day will be at 5:30 p.m. Late afternoon snack will be provided.

Last day to register is June 7, 2017.

Kids looking at insect specimens through magnifying glass

Spend a week learning about all the amazing creatures living in your backyard! Explore nearby Schenley Park looking for insects, amphibians, and reptiles. Hunt for insects in leaf litter, and go on a mammal scavenger hunt. Conduct plant pigment experiments and fruit and vegetable dissections. Uncover micro mysteries using magnifiers and a video microscope.

Campers will meet at the Portal Entry near the parking garage each morning.

Last day to register is June 7, 2017.

Students drawing and working with paper

You could think of a painting as a single frame of a comic book. It can be full of humor or tell a deep narrative. Find inspiration from characters and settings depicted in the museum’s collection to develop your own ideas into an original comic strip. Collaborate with classmates to create a comic anthology and take a copy home with you at the end of the week. Use printmaking techniques to create multiple copies of your work to share with family and trade with friends.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 5, 2017.

Kids touching fossil replica

This camp is sold out. Sign up for the wait list. You will be contacted if space opens up.

Get an up-close look at Dinosaurs in Their Time, find out where those big bones came from, and learn all about prehistoric animals. Study specimens, make fossil casts, and dig for replica bones like a real paleontologist. Meet the creatures that roamed with the dinosaurs—early mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects.

Campers will meet at the Portal Entry near the parking garage each morning.

Last day to register is June 7, 2017.

Kids looking through magnifying glass and holding flashlight

3, 2, 1... Action! Become an art camp filmmaker and collaborate with your fellow campers to create short films that will be compiled onto a DVD. Find inspiration from videos in the collection, create stories for people depicted in paintings, and get creative with art materials to create scenery and props for your productions. DVDs will be mailed by the end of the summer.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 5 2017.

Teacher working with smiling kids in the gallery

Leave your tablet or gaming system at home this week and immerse yourself in a 3-D, video-game-inspired world of your own creation! Using cardboard, tape, paint, and your imagination, bring your virtual Minecraft or Sims worlds to life in the museum’s art studios. Architectural models and drawings in the exhibition Action, Ideas, Architecture: Arthur Lubetz/Front Studio will inspire your drawings, models, and life-size installations for your games.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 5, 2017.

Kid painting handmade pottery

This camp is sold out. Sign up for the wait list. You will be contacted if space opens up.

Push, pull, and squish clay into anything you can imagine—from a bowl you can actually use to sculpted figures of your pet, or an imaginative creature of your own design. Try out the potter’s wheel and learn hand-building techniques inspired by artists in the museum collection. Use colorful glazes to give your work a personal touch. Projects will be fired and available for pick-up 3-4 weeks later. Materials fee is included in the price.

Campers will meet at the Portal Entry near the parking garage each morning.

Last day to register is June 5, 2017.

Students drawing and painting on paper

From the sketchy brushstrokes of Monet to the drips of Jackson Pollock, get a closer look at great paintings in the museum’s galleries. Discover first-hand the wide range of techniques for applying paint from smooth as glass to thick and textured. Build your skills through creative experiments with a variety of painting techniques and color mixing strategies. Choose your favorite approach to create your own masterpiece.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 5, 2017

Students posing with Reindeer diorama

Examine social practices across space and time using the cultural collections of our museum. From ancient Egyptian pharaohs to Tlingit clan leaders, investigate the meaning of living large in different cultures. Delve into experimental archaeology through design challenges such as mixing rock art pigments and using stone tools. Recreate baskets, pottery, henna tattoos, and more. Unearth the history of the earliest human habitation in North America on an extended day trip to Meadowcroft Rockshelter.

Campers will meet at the Portal Entry near the parking garage each morning. Cost includes field trip day to Meadowcroft Rockshelter. Museum pick up on field trip day will be at 5:30 p.m. Late afternoon snack will be provided.

Last day to register is June 7, 2017.

Kids touching fossil replica

Get an up-close look at Dinosaurs in Their Time, find out where those big bones came from, and learn all about prehistoric animals. Study specimens, make fossil casts, and dig for replica bones like a real paleontologist. Meet the creatures that roamed with the dinosaurs—early mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects.

Campers will meet at the Portal Entry near the parking garage each afternoon.

Last day to register is June 7, 2017.

Kids dressed in handmade Super Hero and Gladiator custumes

Summer camps, pre-camp care, and post-camp care take place at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Campers may be picked up at any time between 3–6 p.m. For details, visit Camp Procedures.

Kids dressed in handmade Super Hero costumes and standing in action poses

Summer camps, pre-camp care, and post-camp care take place at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Campers may arrive any time after 7:30 a.m. For details, visit Camp Procedures.

Kids wearing handmade crowns and jewelry playing with paper castle

Lords and Ladies! Travel back in time and experience life during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Try your hand at heraldry and design a castle with your peers. Discover medieval mythology and magical monsters throughout the museum’s collection.

Campers will meet at the Portal Entry near the parking garage each morning.

Last day to register is June 12, 2017.

Student working with hot glue gun on architectural model

What do you love about your neighborhood? What would you add to make it better? Architects, urban planners, and all of us as citizens have roles to play in making neighborhoods work. Learn the design process while tackling real-world challenges. Develop architectural drawing and building skills on individual and collaborative projects with classmates. Represent your individual and team solutions in drawings and models and make the case for your ideas.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 12, 2017.

Kid painting handmade pottery

What could be more fun than transforming wet clay into an object of your own design? The art of ceramics combines technical skill with imagination. Learn how to raise a form on the potter’s wheel and practice a variety of hand-building techniques. Make boxes, bowls, and cups, or sculpt animal and human forms that are realistic or abstract. Apply glazes to give your work its finished appearance. Find inspiration in the museum’s outstanding collection of ceramic art. Materials fee is included in price.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 12, 2017.

Students drawing and painting on paper

The ability to draw relies on being a good observer. Whether your goal is to capture the world around you with accuracy or create expressive compositions with abstract marks, textures, and pattern, this workshop offers guidance and exercises designed to strengthen your skills. Sketch works of art from the museum’s collection, in outdoor and architectural spaces, and in the studio capturing short and long poses of the live model. Experiment with a variety of drawing materials and media. Refine your favorite works into finished compositions. All materials are provided.

Campers meet at Carnegie Mellon University, Margaret Morrison Hall.

Last day to register is June 12, 2017.

Kids looking through magnifying glass and holding flashlight

3, 2, 1... Action! Become an art camp filmmaker and collaborate with your fellow campers to create short films that will be compiled onto a DVD. Find inspiration from videos in the collection, create stories for people depicted in paintings, and get creative with art materials to create scenery and props for your productions. DVDs will be mailed by the end of the summer.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 12, 2017.

Group of kids running outside the Carnegie Library in Oakland

Learn techniques in survival and orienteering that will help you find your way around. Use your navigation skills to geocache and discover treasures in and around the museum. Put your newfound skills to the test as you construct a natural shelter, blaze trails, and build a campfire on an extended day trip to Powdermill Nature Reserve, the museum’s environmental research center.

Campers will meet at the Portal Entry near the parking garage each morning. Cost includes field trip day to Powdermill Nature Reserve. Museum pick up on field trip day will be at 6:30 p.m. Late afternoon snack will be provided.

Last day to register will be June 14, 2017.

Kid working closely with marker and blocks

Become an architect for animals, a designer for dolls, or a carpenter for cuddly things! From the grandeur of the Hall of Architecture to the museum’s exquisite miniatures, and this summer’s exhibition Action, Ideas, Architecture: Arthur Lubetz/Front Studio, finding ideas to shape the ideal environment for your toys is easy. Through drawings and architectural models, design living spaces that are just the right size for tiny toys with architectural models and drawings.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 12, 2017.