The Carnegie Museum of Natural History sits right next to the Museum of Art at the same address in Oakland on Forbes Avenue making visiting both of the establishments an easy task. The mission of the museum is to “share the joy of discovery” and it achieves just that with every visit you will make. Each experience at the museum is unique and uncovers hidden treasures you have never discovered before. Visiting this museum is a bona fide learning experience coupled with awesome adventure. Explore the brilliantly illuminated Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems, dare to enter the Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibit, stroll through the halls of African Wildlife and be sure to take a look at the animals of the Ice Age. Watch perparators uncover fossils in the PaleoLab and wander the Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt where secrets of the mysterious Egyptian culture are uncovered before you.
In the Discover Basecamp, patrons of all ages are encouraged to take part in hands-on exploration of all the museum has to offer. This new 1,900-square-foot gallery is devoted to interactive learning and features real and replica specimens, educational kits, and tools for observation. At the basecamp visitors get to interact with staff members of the museum as well as one another as they interact with natural objects. For younger visitors Bonehunters Quarry will delight. ”Explorers” are given a pair of protective goggles, a chisel, and a brush and sent off into a fun and engaging exhibit where they can experience the thrill of hands-on excavation as a paleontologist by chipping away at rock matrix to reveal realistic fossil casts buried below!
Much more is available to be discovered and explored at the museum and new exciting exhibits are planned to be installed. Much like the Carnegie Art museum right next door, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History is a perfect place to visit with your family and friends or by oneself. Tours, camps, programs and all sorts of fun family activities are constantly going on and you can stay informed by visiting their site and while you're there, schedule a visit!
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