The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh are operated by the Carnegie Institute. The Carnegie Institute, located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburg, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 30, 1979. Both the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Carnegie Museum of Art are located in the Carnegie Institute complex. The Carnegie Music Hall and the main branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh are also located within the Carnegie Institute complex.
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History contains over 230 dinosaur objects and exhibits like the Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems, Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians, Polar World: Wyckoff Hall of Arctic Life, Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt, and Benedum Hall of Geology. In 1956, the Powdermill Nature Reserve was established at the museum to serve as a field station for long-term studies of natural populations and is now the core of the museum's Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystems.
The Carnegie Museum of Art was founded in 1895 out of Andrew Carnegie's vision to curate a museum commemorating the "Old Masters of tomorrow." The museum's Hall of Architecture contains the largest collection of plaster casts of architectural masterpieces in the United States. The permanent collection of the Carnegie Museum of Art includes European and American decorative arts from the seventeenth century to the present, paintings, prints, sculptures, and installations. In 1993, the Heinz Architectural Center opened as a part of the museum dedicated to the collection, study, and exhibition of architectural drawings and models. In 2001, the museum acquired the archive of Charles "Teenie" Harris, a collection consisting of 80,000 photographic negatives from the 1930s to 1970s. The museum also hosts the Carnegie International Exhibition every few years.
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is the public library system in Pittsburgh, with its main branch located in the Oakland neighborhood. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh was constructed at the turn of the 20th century and is also home to the Pittsburgh Photographic Library, a repository holding over 50,000 prints and negatives relating to the history of Pittsburgh.
Although they are not considered part of the National Historic Register of Pittsburgh, the Andy Warhol Museum and Carnegie Science Center are also notable museums part of the Carnegie Institute worth exploring.
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