Behind the Scenes at the Carnegie Museum: What do the Fossils Tell Us? (150 mins.)

  • September 15, 2016
  • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Thursday, September 15, 2016


12:00  Arrivals, Registration, Lunch, Networking
12:45-3:30:  Tour and Discussion
3:30: Adjournment/Sign-Out/Collect Certificate of Attendance

Guides (click name to read bio)

  • Albert Kollar, Geologist/Collection Manager (Invertebrate Paleontology)
  • Amy Henrici, Collection Manager (Vertebrate Paleontology)

Professional Development
DE, SC 60 mins. = 1 CEU
PA 50 mins. = 1 PDH

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is 120 years old. The museum is one of the top five museums in the United States. The collection of dinosaurs, fossil invertebrates, insects, amphibians and reptiles, birds, mammals, plants, snails are some of the finest in the world.

We will have the opportunity to tour behind the scenes with museum scientists (Albert Kollar and Amy Henrici respectively) of the Section of Invertebrate Paleontology collections and the Big Bone Room of Vertebrate Paleontology. The history of Invertebrate Paleontology extends back to 1903 when the European Baron de Bayet collection of 130,000 fossils was purchased by Andrew Carnegie. You will see and touch famous fossils from France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, and England.  And important fossils discovered here in western Pennsylvania. Those interested in trilobites, brachiopods, snails, and large dragonflies from Germany are part of the tour. The Big Bone Room of Vertebrate Paleontology has the great discoveries of dinosaur bones of Wyoming (1899) and Utah (1909 - 1922) that are not on exhibit - this is a real treat.

We will then tour the museum's exhibit halls, with a more detailed interpretation of the content in the Benedum Hall of Geology and DITT (Dinosaurs in the Their Time) as Albert Kollar, Carnegie Museum of Natural History paleontologist, will be with us to share his insight.


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