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Mission Statement

Carnegie Museum of Natural History increases scientific and public understanding of the natural world and human cultures.

Before Andrew Carnegie founded Carnegie Museums in 1895, he imagined a place where individuals and families could learn about their world, past and present, through fantastic fossils, ancient artifacts, and great works of art. He imagined, too, a place that would foster ongoing exploration and discussion through the work of scientists, artists, curators, and educators.

Today, the four Carnegie Museums are all that Andrew Carnegie imagined, and more. The museums reach 1.3 million people a year, including more than 350,000 school children who experience the museums onsite and in numerous in-school programs.

Learning is a lifelong activity, and the four Carnegie Museums are proud to provide people of all ages the kinds of experiences that encourage them to think, to feel, and—often, when they don’t even realize it—to learn.

Increases scientific and public understanding of the natural world and human cultures.

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