Optional Excursions

Please pre-register for either event using the online registration form, as space is limited.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Monday, November 4, 1:30–5:00 p.m.
Phipps.jpgPhipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a complex of buildings and grounds offering 17 distinct botanical experiences set in Schenley Park. The gardens were founded in 1893 by steel and real-estate magnate Henry Phipps as a gift to the city of Pittsburgh. The facilities feature elaborate gardens within the 13-room conservatory and on the adjoining grounds. In addition to its primary floral exhibits, the sophisticated glass and metalwork of the Lord & Burnham Conservatory offers an interesting example of Victorian greenhouse architecture.

The conservatory is one of the “greenest” facilities in the world, having received platinum certification for both its landscapes and greenhouse facility. This designation has made it the only greenhouse to be so certified.

The guided city tour will include viewing some of Pittsburgh’s most popular attractions and neighborhoods such as Oakland and Mount Washington.
Cost: $70 per person

Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History
Tuesday, November 5, 1:30–5:30 p.m.
Carnegie.jpgThe Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by Pittsburgh-based industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. It is one of five Carnegie museums in Pittsburgh, and it is internationally renowned for its distinguished collection of European and American works from the 16th century to present.

The Museum of Natural History or “Home of the Dinosaurs” first made history in 1899 when its scientists unearthed the fossils of Diplodocus carnegii. Today its dinosaur collection includes the world’s largest collection of Jurassic dinosaurs and its “Dinosaurs in Their Time” exhibition offers the third-largest collection of mounted dinosaurs in the United States (behind the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the American Museum of Natural History). These award-winning dinosaur replicas are authenticated by the paleontologists of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, which has one of the largest and most complete collections of dinosaur fossils in the world.

The museum maintains an international reputation for research and is ranked among the top five history museums in the U.S.
Cost: $60 per person