Winter Wonderland: 7 Family-Friendly Events at Carnegie Museum of Art

Winter Wonderland: 7 Family-Friendly Events at Carnegie Museum of Art


As the chill of winter sets in, there's no better time to warm your heart with family-friendly festivities at the Carnegie Museum of Art. As a family, we absolutely love Carnegie museum of art!  So to learn that there are so many family-friendly programs and events happening this winter makes our holiday season extra special! From captivating exhibitions to hands-on workshops, the museum is ready to embrace the season with open arms. Here are seven delightful events & programs at Carnegie Museum of Art that promise to make your winter memorable.

  1. Winter Exhibition Celebration (December 14, 6–8 p.m.) Kick off the winter season with a festive bang! On December 14, the museum invites you to a Winter Exhibition Celebration. Enjoy free admission from 6 to 8 p.m. and revel in a night filled with music, community, and conversation. Explore the latest exhibitions, including Unsettling Matter, Gaining Ground, Amie Siegel: Panorama, Pittsburgh Satellite Reef, The Milton and Sheila Fine Collection and warm up in the Hall of Sculpture with a special roundtable toast and a musical call and response. It's an evening the whole family can enjoy! Click here to learn more! 

  2. Sounds for the Season Live Musical Performances (Dec. 9, Dec. 23, 2023, Jan. 13, Jan. 27, 2024): sights and soundsDelight in the sounds of the season in the Hall of Architecture among the Carnegie Trees with live musical performances by friends of Carnegie Museum of Art! Gather the family for one or all performances and enjoy a diverse range of music celebrating the cultural traditions of the season. Talented musicians and performers, including River City Brass Band, Camerata 33, Renaissance City Choir, and Taktouka Band, will grace the stage. These enchanting performances will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9, and Dec. 23, 2023, as well as Jan. 13 and Jan. 27, 2024, at 2 p.m. Best of all, no registration is required, and the performances are free with museum admission. Immerse yourself in the harmonious spirit of the holidays amidst the beauty of the Carnegie Trees! Click here to learn more! 

  3. Carnegie Trees (Nov. 18, 2023 – Jan. 7, 2024) carnegie treesStep into a winter wonderland in the Hall of Architecture with the annual Carnegie Trees installation. Admire towering Fraser fir trees adorned with festive baubles, celebrating the theme "Wintry Days & Frosty Nights." Since 1961, this signature event has marked the beginning of Pittsburgh's holiday season. Don't miss the chance to be enchanted by this dazzling display! Click here to learn more about these gorgeous trees! 

  4. Day Off at the Museum (Nov. 27, Dec. 28, 29, 2023, Jan. 15, 2024, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) day off at the museumday off at the museumKeep the kids entertained during their days off from school with "Day Off at the Museum." Young artists aged 6 through 10 can explore the galleries for inspiration and engage in hands-on art-making. From painting to sculpting, the museum provides a creative space for kids to express themselves and learn new techniques. Register now for a day of artistic exploration! Click the link here to learn more! 

  5. Make a Gift of Art Workshops (Dec. 7, 6–8 p.m.; Dec. 17, 2–4 p.m.)Laurie TrokMarcè Nixon-Washington Join local artists for special gift-making workshops at the museum. Create unique, handmade artworks under the guidance of Pittsburgh artists Laurie Trok and Marcè Nixon-Washington. With all supplies included, participants will craft personalized gifts that are perfect for the holiday season. Please be sure to register in advance for these engaging and festive workshops (click here to learn more). 

  6. Neapolitan Presepio and Art Chats (Nov. 18 – Jan. 7, 2024) Dive into a centuries-old tradition with the Neapolitan presepio. Witness an elaborate nativity scene featuring miniature figures that recreate 18th-century life in Naples. Join Art Chats on Saturdays and Sundays from Dec. 2–24 (10:30–11:30 a.m.) to learn more about this captivating display. It's a perfect opportunity for the family to explore the rich history and artistry on display. To learn more about Art Chats, click here
  7. Holiday Shopping at the Museum Gift Shop  Various gifts that can be found in the Carnegie Museum of Art Museum Store. Shop online to explore all of these products and mores.Of course, we can't forget to explore the treasure trove of the museum's incredible gift shop! Whether you're searching for unique gifts, holiday ornaments, or art-inspired keepsakes, the Carnegie Museum of Art Store and Custom Prints Store have you covered. Be sure to take advantage of special promotions both in-store and online, offering a wide selection of thoughtful and artistic gifts for everyone on your list. You can support the museum while finding the perfect holiday treasures to spread joy among family and friends. Our current favorites in the gift shop are the new line of merch ( I love my white crewneck!) We can't get enough of the new soft and cozy apparel that showcase the new branding and bright colors of the Carnegie Museum of Art. To check out the merchandise, click here!  new merch   gift shop

This winter be sure to create lasting memories with your loved ones at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Whether you're exploring the Neapolitan presepio, marveling at the Carnegie Trees, or getting hands-on with art-making, there's something for every member of the family. There's no better way to embrace the warmth of the season by making the most of these family-friendly events. Visit to register and learn more about the exciting winter lineup!

I hope you and your family enjoy the Carnegie Museum of Art as much as we do! Cheers! 

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