New program offers one-to-one and small group personalized tours beginning May 6; museum to offer free admission on Thursdays from 3 p.m.—8 p.m. in May

A family looking at a painting in the carnegie museum of art during family day

WHAT: Starting May 6, Carnegie Museum of Art visitors can experience the museum’s vast art collection and distinct architecture in a whole new way by booking a Date with a Docent on Thursday evenings. Led by one of the museum’s esteemed docents, these physically distant, one-to-one and small group personalized mini tours offer visitors an in-depth look at a specific area of the museum’s collection, exhibitions, or architecture.

Tours are free with museum admission. In May, museum admission will be free on Thursday evenings from 3 p.m.–8 p.m. Following May, museum admission is 1⁄2 off on Thursday evenings from 3 p.m.–8 p.m.

Visitors must register online for their Date with a Docent via cmoa.org/date-with-a- docent/ no less than 48 hours in advance of when their tour is to take place and can choose one of the following tour themes:

  • Collection Connections: Explore the thematic and formal connections between the museum’s newest artworks featured in the current exhibition New to the
    and other artworks throughout the galleries. This experience reveals how the museum’s recent contemporary acquisitions, including works by Mark Bradford, Kerry James Marshall, and Katherine Bernhardt, contribute to long-standing collection strengths in painting, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking while raising questions and generating ideas relevant to our everyday lives.
  • Creative Pittsburgh: The museum celebrates the Pittsburgh region as a hub of skilled artists and makers. Since its inception in 1895, the museum has collected works made in, about, and for Pittsburgh. Take a closer look at how the Steel City has inspired artists across generations.
  • Great Spaces: Carnegie Museum of Art is an artwork in itself! This Date with a Docent explores Andrew Carnegie’s “Palace of Culture,” uncovering secrets of the museum’s historic building while highlighting the architectural history, details, designs, and usage of spaces such as the Grand Staircase, the Hall of Sculpture, and the Hall of Architecture
  • Photography: A picture is worth a thousand words inspires this Date with a Docent! This mini tour considers the impact of documentation and experimentation in capturing the world around us through the ever-evolving medium of photography
  • Impressionism: Are you in love with light and color Captivated by atmospheric effects and fleeting moments? Take a scenic Date with a Docent into the fields of France or have an afternoon conversation by the lily pads. Immerse yourself in the museum’s impressive holdings of Impressionist artwork with a unique tour of Carnegie Museum of Art’s Impressionist collection.

WHEN: Date with a Docent tours will be offered every Thursday evening beginning May 6. These 30-minute tours will run at 6:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. ET for individuals and small groups.

Visitors can register for tours starting April 29 at: cmoa.org/date-with-a-docent/. Once registered, a museum education team member will respond via email to confirm the visitor’s Date with a Docent date and time and provide additional information.

WHERE: Date with a Docent tours will meet in the museum lobby at the tour start time. Face coverings and social distancing are required, as per the museum’s COVID-19 safety measures.

Carnegie Museum of Art is located at: 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Inquiries can be directed to: 412-622-3131

For press inquiries, contact: Elle Moody, Sutton; 212-202-3402 Elle@suttoncomms.com

Health and Safety
The health and safety of museum visitors and staff is Carnegie Museum of Art’s highest priority. The museum is following CDC recommended safety protocols with updated health and safety procedures. These include limiting admissions to 15% of building capacity through required timed ticketing; requiring face coverings; encouraging safe social distancing of six feet or more between groups and individuals; enhanced air-filtration and cleaning protocols; and clearly marking foot-traffic patterns in high-traffic areas. Carnegie Museum of Art is also designating special hours for those visitors who are high-risk due to age (65+) or a medical condition on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m.–12 noon.

Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. The museum is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. We champion creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform. Our core activities— collecting, conserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art—make those experiences possible. Our collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. To learn more, please call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.