Christmas Trees at Carnegie Museum of Natural History: A Salute to Scotland and a Hometown Hero

Each holiday season, Carnegie Museum of Natural History decks its Architecture Hall with a Neopolitan Presepio and Christmas trees. While the presepio stays the same each year, the Christmas trees get a makeover and new theme. For 2015, the museum has chosen Scotland as the theme for its five gigantic trees- signifying the Scottish heritage that fills the city. The theme was chosen by the Women’s Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art and each of the three trees represents a beautiful, fun, or tribute to the culture.

Andrew Carnegie, a hometown hero, is also saluted in the display. The Scottish steel tycoon wasn’t born in Pittsburgh nor did he live out his final days in the city, but the mark that the steel tycoon made on the city is huge.

We had the pleasure of visiting the Hall this holiday season and I just had to share the pretty Christmas trees with you. 


Loch Ness Legends

I couldn’t imagine a salute to Scotland without a tribute to Nessie. 

Highland Heraldry

A tribute to the Scottish clans. Decked with shields and clan tartans, the 20 foot conifer shows Scottish pride in its truest form.

Pittsburgh’s Andrew

The Christmas tree salute to Pittsburgh’s steel tycoon and philanthropist. Carnegie moved to Pittsburgh at the age of 13, began working in a cotton factory as a bobbin boy, and became one of the wealthiest men of all time. Definitely a Pittsburgh “star” atop the tree.

Skibo Castle


Into the Forest

Highlighting the Scottish Highlands, the tree is lit in blue lights and flocked with artificial snow.

The Christmas trees and the Neopolitan Presepio will be on display through January 11, 2016 and the exhibit is free to view with paid museum admission.

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas!

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