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Carnegie Music Hall

Located inside the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland, the Carnegie Music Hall seats about 1,900 people. This historic rose and gilt theatre was built in 1895. You may enter the Music Hall from the main Forbes Avenue entrance, next to Dippy the Dinosaur, or from the parking lot in the back of the Carnegie Museum of Art's Scaife Gallery.

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Carnegie Music Hall Seating Chart

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Parking & Driving Directions

Parking is located at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. The museum operates a six-level parking facility for cars and small vans. The entrance is located at the intersection of S. Craig Street and Forbes Avenue.

Accessibility

We offer Hearing Assistive Devices at every event. ASL and CART services can be scheduled upon request. If wheelchair accessible seating is needed, please notify the ticket service representative at the time of purchase. Service animals are welcome at all of our events. If you have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us by email info@pittsburghlectures.org or by phone (412.622.8866) in advance of your participation or visit.

The Carnegie Music Hall has three floors, all accessible by elevator. Most seats on the second and third floor balconies have steps, with a railing, leading down to the front of the balcony.

There are two drop-off areas:
  • The Carriage Drive entrance on Forbes Avenue: Driving down Forbes there is a half-circle driveway on the right where the Natural History Museum’s entrance is located and the lobby is connected directly to the Carnegie Music Hall.
  • Rear of the museum: There is also an entrance at the rear of the Museum of Art next to the Sculpture Garden. There are glass power assist doors that you can use to enter the Museums at the lower level. You can then take the elevator to the first floor and take the ramp down to the first floor to get to the Carnegie Music Hall.

Facilities Rental

Please contact the Carnegie Museums regarding rental of the Carnegie Music Hall.

Text Venue Description

The Carnegie Music Hall seats just fewer than 1900 patrons. Follows is a description of the seating configuration. Keep in mind that the directions left and right are, in relation to your entry point, at the back of the theater. The Hall has three floors of seating: the orchestra and dress circle are on the first, the first balcony is on the second, and the second balcony is on the third floor. The seating in the Hall is numbered beginning with seat number 1 being the left-most seat in that section.

The Orchestra seating is the closest to the stage with three sections: Left, Center, and Right. The first row is Row A in Orchestra Left and Right and has 7 movable seats that have more leg room to accommodate guests with any special needs, and the rows in both sections go from A to H. Row H is also movable seating that can easily accommodate guests with wheelchairs. In Orchestra Left and Right there is only one aisle seat for each row. In Orchestra Left the aisle seat is seat 10 in rows B through D, seat 9 in row E, seat 8 in row F, and seat 7 in row G. In Orchestra Right the aisle seats in all rows are all numbered seat 1.

The Center of the Orchestra goes from rows A to L, with accessible aisle seats on both sides. Rows A through C are numbered 1 to 9, Rows D through G are numbered 1 to 10, and Rows H through L are numbered 1 to 11.

The Dress Circle, on the first floor, is split into 5 sections – section 1 is the left most section and section 5 is the right most, with section 3 being right in the center. These sections curve around behind the Orchestra in a semi-circle. The Rows start at A and end at G, totally 7 rows.

The First Balcony is similar in set-up to the Dress Circle. The Rows start at A and end at J. Rows A through H are accessible only by stairs. There are 5 sections with 9 Rows each, with the exception of the center section which has 8 rows.

The Second Balcony is all general admission, open seating. You may be assigned a number, but this is not a seating location. There are 614 seats in the second balcony that are laid-out almost identically to the first balcony, with five sections with 8 rows each, with the exception of the center section which has 7. You will be able to take any open seat in the second balcony with your general admission ticket.