|GETTING TO CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
- To and From Pittsburgh Airport:
- BUS: Local bus 28X (Airport Flyer) operates 7 days a week at frequent intervals from roughly 6AM to 1 AM inbound (Airport-Downtown-Oakland), and 5AM to 11:30PM outbound (Oakland-Downtown-Airport). Fare is $2.25 exact change.
- SHUTTLE: Express
Shuttle (first come, first served) runs every half hour 7 days a week, 5AM
to 9PM, from airport to any hotel in downtown or Oakland area. Cost is $24 one-way, $42
round trip. There is a number for a dispatcher if one wants to make other
- TAXI: from the
airport, taxis cost roughly $42, depending on traffic and idle time; ask
around at the limo pick-up area for others heading for Oakland and you may
be able to form a group to share a cab.
- Arrival by
from the SOUTH or WEST, take I-79N to I-279 (Exit 59A), following signs to
Pittsburgh. Continue on I-279 through Ft. Pitt tunnel; be in the
right-hand lane. Immediately after tunnel, cross over Ft. Pitt Bridge and exit onto I-376E (signs to
Monroeville). Stay in right-hand lane on I-376 for about 1 mile and take
Oakland exit (Exit 2A) onto Forbes Ave (one-way traffic). Follow Forbes
Avenue through 10 traffic lights past the tall Cathedral of Learning at the
University of Pittsburgh on your left, and The Carnegie on your right. At the 11th traffic light
(S Craig Street) turn right into
Carnegie parking lot. On Saturdays and Sundays, a fixed parking rate of
$3.00 is charged for whatever period of time you are there; unfortunately,
that amount is not refundable! You have arrived!
- From the
AIRPORT, follow signs to Pittsburgh and I-279, then proceed as above.
- From the
EAST or SOUTHEAST on I-76 (PA Turnpike), take Exit 57 onto I-376W, following
signs to Pittsburgh for about 10 miles. Pass through Squirrel Hill Tunnel
and in about 1 mile take Oakland exit (Exit 3B, Route 885N). From exit bear
right and up onto Bates Street, through stoplight and then straight on up
Bates St. until a T-intersection (Bouquet Street). Turn left at "T" and
then turn right at first traffic light; this is Forbes Avenue. Continue
past tall Cathedral of Learning on the left and The Carnegie on your right.
Turn right at S Craig Street into The Carnegie parking lot. On Saturdays
and Sundays, a fixed parking rate of $3.00 is charged for whatever period of
time you are there; unfortunately, that amount is not refundable!
the NORTH on I-79S, take Exit 72 (to the left) onto I-279S. Go about 11
miles and take Exit 8A to I-579S (Veteransí Bridge, Monroeville-Oakland).
Follow signs for South I-579 To I-376E. Take Oakland-Monroeville exit to
I-376E onto Boulevard of the Allies. Continue on Boulevard for about 1 mile
and continue straight following sign to Forbes Ave.-Oakland. Get in right
hand lane and WATCH CAREFULLY to take first inconspicuous exit to the right
marked with orange and blue sign Oakland-Forbes Avenue. This exit leads
sharply and abruptly down under to Forbes Avenue (one-way); continue on
Forbes Ave. through 10 traffic lights past The Carnegie on the right. At
the 11th traffic light (S Craig Street) turn right into The Carnegie parking
lot. On Saturdays and Sundays, a fixed parking rate of $3.00 is charged for
whatever period of time you are there; unfortunately, that amount is not
- Departure from the Museum by Car:
Regardless of the direction you are traveling, departure
by car begins in the same way.† Leave the
Carnegie parking lot, cross Forbes Avenue and go directly up S. Craig Street; at first traffic light turn left onto Fifth Avenue; continue on Fifth Avenue through 12 traffic lights; at the 13th traffic light
turn left onto Craft
At this point choose one of the three
- To go EAST on I-376, continue straight on Craft Street
and turn left at the second traffic light onto the Boulevard of the Allies;
stay in the right hand lane and follow signs to I-376E.† This will take you to I-76 (PA Turnpike).
- To go SOUTH, WEST, or to the AIRPORT from Pittsburgh,
continue on Craft Street to the very first traffic light and turn right onto
Forbes Avenue (narrowly two-way here).† Continue to stop sign, then turn right onto Boulevard of the Allies;
stay in right lane and take first exit on right to I-376W and Ft. Pitt Tunnel.
Follow signs to I-279S and airport.† This
will take you to I-79.
- To go NORTH from Pittsburgh, continue on Craft Street to the very first traffic light and turn right onto Forbes Avenue (narrowly two-way).† Continue to stop sign, then turn right onto Boulevard of the Allies;
stay in left lane and follow signs to Crosstown Boulevard and I-579; carefully take all signs to North I-579,
which merges without choice into I-279N. In about 12 miles I-279N joins I-79
headed north to Erie.
MAP OF PITTSBURGH AREA MAP OF OAKLAND AREA
- Travel by Bus: The bus station (Greyhound Bus Lines, 11 Saint & Liberty Avenues, Pittsburgh PA 15233; 412-392-6513 or 412-392-6500) is in downtown Pittsburgh with easiest transportation to Oakland by taxi, $10-11.
- Local: †Local buses
cost $2.25 exact change in inner two zones, more for outer zones.
- Taxis: can sometimes be hailed on the streets
in downtown Pittsburgh, but in most of the rest of the city, including Oakland, it is difficult to find a taxi without telephoning
to arrange a pick-up.
PARKING RATES in the
museum parking lot are:
hour $3.00 Over 6 hours $15.00
1-2 hours $4.00
2-3 hours $5.00 Weekends   $5.00
3-4 hours $5.00
4-5 hours $5.00
5-6 hours $10.00