Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh Opportunities

With its diverse neighborhoods, unique culture and deep history, Pittsburgh is an extraordinary place to explore. SLICE offers many ways to experience our great city.

Utilize CMU Arts Pass to visit Pittsburgh museums, engage in outdoor adventures through the Pittsburgh Connections program and participate in summer events in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Connections

Pittsburgh Connections logo

Pittsburgh Connections engages students in outdoor recreation, environmental stewardship, and cultural awareness throughout Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, with the goals to help students develop and maintain a physically active lifestyle, build leadership skills, and increase their appreciation of the region.

Each weekend through the academic year (excluding breaks and majors events), Pittsburgh Connections sponsors an Outdoor Adventure to one of the many outdoor recreation facilities in the Pittsburgh area. Whitewater rafting, kayaking, biking, hiking, paintball, horseback riding, and skiing are a few of the offerings!

Pittsburgh Connections is coordinated through the Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement (SLICE) and is generously funded by the RK Mellon Foundation, the Dozzi family, and Student Affairs. For questions about this program, email us.

Arts Pass

All graduate and undergraduate CMU students can gain free access to eight Pittsburgh venues with their Carnegie Mellon ID. In order to be eligible, your primary affiliation must be “student” and your contact information must be listed in the CMU Directory.

At this time, faculty, staff, and sponsored guests are not eligible for the Art Pass program.  

Many of our partner museums have modified their policies and procedures due to COVID-19. Please review the information below and check the museums' websites before planning your trip to learn the most up-to-date information regarding their current hours of operation and ticketing procedures.

Planning Your Visit during COVID-19

Free admission is available for CMU students with a valid student ID. When reserving a timed ticket online, enter the promotional code CMUStudent at checkout to reduce the price of the ticket to $0.00. Students will need to present their valid student ID card upon arrival to gain admission to the museum.

Visit the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh website for more information.

Free admission is available for CMU students with a valid student ID. When reserving your ticket online, please select the "Free Admission" ticket type. When arriving at admissions to check in, students must provide a valid student ID.

Visit the Mattress Factory website for more information.

When purchasing a timed ticket online, CMU students should enter the code CMU2020 in the "Discount Code" field at checkout. Upon arrival, students will need to present a valid CMU student ID card to gain admission.

Visit the National Aviary website for more information.

CMU students must book their free student tickets in advance in order to visit. Please email with your name, phone number, and the name of your school and Phipps will call you to process your tickets. Please note that large groups are not admitted at this time. Please bring your valid student ID card when visiting Phipps.

Visit the Phipps ticketing website for more information.

Free admission for CMU students is available for visitors on a walk-up basis. CMU students are asked not to purchase a timed ticket but to present their CMU ID card to museum staff upon arrival. Please bring your valid student ID with you for your discount and entry.

Visit the Heinz History Center website for more information.

Summer Events

Historically summer opportunities in Pittsburgh are coordinated through the SLICE office. Information about summer 2022 opportunities will be available in late spring.