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Carnegie Museum Of Art

The Carnegie Museum of Art offers a distinguished collection of contemporary art that includes film and video works. Other collections of note include works of American art from the late nineteenth century, French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, and European and American decorative arts from the late seventeenth century to the present. The Heinz Architectural Center, opened as part of the Museum in 1993, is dedicated to the collection, study, and exhibition of architectural drawings and models. The Hall of Architecture contains the largest collection of plaster casts of architectural masterpieces in America and one of the three largest in the world. The marble Hall of Sculpture replicates the interior of the Parthenon.

In 2003 the Scaife Galleries, home for many of the paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and decorative arts in the museum's collection, reopened after a yearlong renovation. Improvements include the replacement of skylights, addition of new climate control systems, and an infrastructure to support wireless technology. There is now a larger works on paper gallery located at the entrance to the galleries, and the contemporary art galleries incorporate decorative arts and works on paper along with paintings, sculpture, and film and video pieces. Some of the galleries now feature floor-to-ceiling, salon-style installations of the artwork. Resource areas and comfortable seating have also been integrated into the space, along with educational enhancements.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (5)

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Permanent Collection

While most art museums founded at the turn of the century focused on collections of old masters, Andrew Carnegie envisioned a museum collection consisting of the "Old Masters of tomorrow." In 1896 he initiated a series of exhibitions of contemporary art and proposed that the museum's paintings collection be formed through purchases from this series. Carnegie, thereby, founded what is arguably the first museum of modern art in the United States. Early acquisitions of works by such artists as Winslow Homer, James McNeill Whistler, and Camille Pissarro laid the foundation for a collection that today is distinguished in American art from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, in French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, and in significant late-twentieth-century works.

Over the century, the museum has amplified its scope of interest to include European and American decorative arts from the late seventeenth century to the present. Architect-designed objects figure prominently among recent acquisitions and complement the Heinz Architectural Center. In addition, the museum's collection includes Asian art (notably Japanese prints) and African art.

In 1994 the museum completed a reinstallation of its pre-1945 American and European fine and decorative arts that combines them in a single chronological sequence.


Rembrandt's Great Subjects: Prints from the Collection
Through February 11, 2007
Scaife Works on Paper Gallery

This year marks the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt's birth, and Carnegie Museum of Art is celebrating with an exhibition of etchings from its large and superlative collection of prints by the 17th-century master. Rembrandt's Great Subjects will present 60 etchings that amply demonstrate the artist's renowned skill as a printmaker and the evolution of his style over three important decades, beginning with the 1630s.

On view will be works that represent the full range of Rembrandt's great motifs: self-portraits, portraits, beggars, genre scenes, landscapes, myths, and religious subjects. The exhibition also will explore the artist's role in helping to shape or change perceptions of the different artistic genres. The museum's extensive collection will allow viewers to compare prints from several stages in the artist's career to fully appreciate the stylistic variation and technical development of Rembrandt's incomparable skills. The exhibition will include some of his most celebrated prints: Self-Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, (1639); The Three Trees (1643); Christ Preaching (The Hundred Guilder Print) (c. 1649), and Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves (The Three Crosses), 4th state (c. 1660).

Forum 58: Jonathan Borofsky Human Structures
Through March 11, 2007
Forum Gallery

For more than 30 years, Jonathan Borofsky has been exploring archetypal figures through a variety of media—drawing, painting, installations, video, and large-scale public sculpture—to convey simple yet profound notions of human experience. On view in the Forum Gallery, ...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

Fierce Friends: Artists & Animals, 1750–1900
March 26 - August 27, 2006
Heinz Galleries

Fierce Friends: Artists & Animals, 1750–1900
March 26 - August 27, 2006
Heinz Galleries

In the 18th and 19th centuries, modern theories of evolution and the proliferation of machines elevated animals to a new status in religion, philosophy, and the arts. This exhibition, co-organized by Carnegie Museum of Art and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, explores the ways that artists of the period addressed the issue of humanity’s relationship with nature as exemplified through our treatment of animals. Through paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs, the exhibition shows how the visual arts drew upon science, natural history, and literature about animals, and how those fields, in turn, were shaped, inspired, or influenced by the work of artists. Designed to create visual juxtapositions that suprise, delight, and provoke, the exhibition presents great paintings and sculptures next to fossils, specimens of taxidermy, ground plans of zoological gardens, illustrated books, bird cages, and steam engines.

Major support for the Pittsburgh presentation of Fierce Friends: Artists and Animals, 1750-1900 has been provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation. This exhibition was financed in part by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development. Additional support has been provided by the Henry L. Hillman Fund, The Fellows and The Associates of Carnegie Museum of Art, the Scaife Family Foundation, the Beal Publication Fund, and the Scaife Family Foundation Fund for Children's Publications. Fierce Fri...+ [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (4)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Modern Japanese Prints: 1868–1989
February 17–April 15, 2007
Heinz Galleries
Modern Japanese Prints: 1868–1989 presents a fascinating survey of woodblock printmaking during a period of dramatic changes in Japanese life and culture. This exhibition highlights master prints from the late 19th-century Meiji period through the developments in printmaking that occurred in the 20th-century with the new print (shin-hanga) and creative print (sōsaku-hanga) movements. The exhibition further explores the evolving role of the artist within this rich tradition, and the eclectic, sometimes idiosyncratic, but always passionate interests of print collectors. More than 200 prints from the James B. Austin collection at Carnegie Museum of Art and four private Pittsburgh collections will be on view.

The prints in this exhibition are drawn from the museum’s collection of Japanese prints, the majority of which were donated by Dr. James B. Austin in 1989, and from the Pittsburgh collections of Dr. Esther Barazzone, Nicholas Reise, Lila Penchansky and Daniel Russell, and an anonymous lender.

Modern Japanese Prints, 1868–1989 is made possible by the generous support of the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Additional support has been provided by The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art.

General support for the exhibition program at Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by grants from the Heinz Endowments and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.


Adults $10
Seniors $7
Students/Children $6

Members Free

Admission includes Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Opening hours

Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and legal holidays.

Getting there

For detailed directions and map please click here, http://www.cmoa.org/info/dir.asp



The Museum of Art Café is open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Fossil Fuels Café, which features gourmet coffees, beverages and light fare, is open Tuesday through Sunday until 4:00 p.m. The Brown Bag Lunch Room/Vending Area is open during regular museum hours.

Museum Store

The Carnegie Museum of Art Store carries a variety of exhibition catalogues, posters, slides, postcards, and unique gift items.

Museum internal and external photos (5)

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Carnegie Museum of Art’s school programs provide students of all ages with opportunities to arrive at a deeper understanding of human experience by interacting with exceptional works of art. Two types of programs are available: guided gallery tours, in which students are engaged in discussion about works in the galleries, and gallery-studio programs, in which students spend a portion of time in gallery discussions and a portion of time in related art-making activities. All programs are discussion based and focus on strengthening students’ visual, critical, and analytical thinking skills and enhancing learning across disciplines.

For more information please see, http://www.cmoa.org/programs/school.asp


Preschool Play Dates (ages 3–4 with an adult)
Jan. 6 and 20: The Great Imagination Escape
Feb. 3 and 17: Big and Small

Let us help introduce your preschooler to the art museum! Twice each month children will have fun making links between works of art in the galleries and their own artmaking with a variety of materials. Add songs, stories, scavenger hunts, and gallery games, and you've got the makings for a delightful outing. Adults will enjoy sharing the experience while encouraging a child's creative potential and appreciation for art. A parent, grandparent, or other special person in a child's life is welcome!
Saturdays, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
$20 members/$24 nonmembers

ARTventures: Family Art-making in the Galleries
Free with museum admission
Sat. and Sun., 12:30–4:30 p.m.
Join us every Saturday and Sunday for a fun exploration of artists and their work in our collection. With the guidance of ARTventures staff, set off together to discover something new in a museum location. A new destination each month! Stay as long as you like, and enhance your museum visit by looking and thinking in a hands-on way.

Venue hire

Carnegie Museum of Art provides dazzling venues for special functions and corporate events. Let our Special Events staff help you plan your next gathering.

Tel: 412.578.2697