Carnegie Museum of Art and Architecture, the architecture part

When we came to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History we didn’t know that it shared a building (buildings?) withe the Carnegie Museum of Art and Architecture.  We had already gone through the Natural History museum by the time the fire alarm sounded and we had to evacuate so afterwards we went through at least part of the Museum of Art and Architecture.

The arrangement is a little odd, since the Museum of Architecture is mostly on the same floor as the Museum of Natural History.  It also isn’t so much about architecture but about architectural elements across the ages.

Medieval Frieze from a church

There was some attempt to place the exhibits in chronological order but there were also several doors you can enter from so where you start in history is somewhat left to chance.

Medieval Balcony from a church

Statues from a Greek Temple

The lighting in the room was so-so which made it a bit difficult to see the exhibits with any clarity.  The museum also forbids flash photography so many of the photos I took didn’t come out well enough to share.  

Medieval Monastery Door

It’s interesting that almost all of the exhibits were from churches and temples.  I suppose this says something about human nature in that we save our most grandiose architectural efforts for religion, but it may also say something about the collectors of the exhibits themselves.  Overall though it was an interesting set of exhibits that was a bit muddled and lacked any real explanation or context and would probably mean a lot more to a student of the subject.