Carnegie Museum of Natural History presents After Dark

The lights are low, the bar is open, and the music is playing. Armed with a cocktail and your closest friend, you venture into a prehistoric world where giant sauropods tower over the bustling crowd and two T-Rexes cast in multi-colored lights are frozen in battle.

This isn’t the museum of your childhood. This is After Dark.

Five times a year, Carnegie Museum of Natural History keeps its doors open late for a 21+ party with bars, live music, and curated programming designed to give guests a whole new museum experience. Each event features a pop-culture inspired theme, unique activities, and shows. Forget your weekend routine or shake up date night. Come see who you’ll meet and what you’ll discover at the museum…After Dark.

Registration for each event includes museum admission; a wide selection of beverages and hors d’oeuvres are available for purchase (cash only). All After Dark guests must be at least 21 years old. Proper identification is required, and all guests must show ID at the door.

Upcoming Event



Lord of the Rings After Dark
December 2, 2016
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
$15 in advance; $20 at the door

Embark on an epic journey through Middle Earth at Lord of the Rings... After Dark. Tolkien's world will come to life at this adult-only museum experience. Watch medieval sword fighting demonstrations, or shoot arrows like Legolas at an onsite archery range. Drink at The Prancing Pony or mingle in the mines of Moria. Listen to a talk by museum director Dr. Eric Dorfman, who lived and worked in New Zealand, where Lord of the Rings was filmed. Watch a local cartographer draw a Shire-style map of the museum, and go on a riddle-filled scavenger hunt. Join us for a costume contest, dancing, cocktails, and more!

Sword demonstrations provided by Broken Plow Group. Archery range provided by The Archer's Edge. Maps drawn by Stentor Danielson of "Mapsburgh." Music provided by DJ Bill Jakub from Pittsburgh Vibes Unlimited.

Registration for each event includes museum admission. Beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres are available for purchase. Cash only. No weapons (fake or otherwise), masks, or backpacks allowed. (Face paint is permitted).

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