Fall at the National Aviary

See whooooo's new this Fall!

Rediscover the National Aviary during Extraorindary Owls!

See several magnificent owl species up-close, including our new Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Southern White-faced Scops Owl, and Barred Owl. Plus, don’t miss the return of our stunning Snowy Owl! Learn about the unique adaptations that all owls share and discover what makes these impressive birds so special during interactive daily programs.
Extraordinary owls is available for a limitied time! Plan your visit today.

  • Bird Brains | Daily at 11 am and 1:30 pm
    Except for Tuesdays when our birds are resting.
    Test your bird intelligence quotient with this new, limited time show! Watch colorful parrots compete in an obstacle course, and see owls in flight. You’ll be in awe of our clever crow, majestic owl and adorable penguin as they each demonstrate their uniquely adapted intelligence.

  • Interactive Owl Encounters - Daily at 3 pm
    Get nose-to-beak with a majestic owl! You can hold an owl, take pictures, dissect and owl pellet and learn about these magnificent birds. Call 412-258-9445 to book your one-of-a-kind owl encounter.

  • Birdly® by SOMNIACS - flights available daily | 10 am - 5 pm
    You’re in control with this full-body simulator! Dive between skyscrapers and feel the wind in your hair as you dip and turn or glide peacefully above Central Park.

Join the flock for awesome autumn events:

  • Open Black Friday - November 24
    Buy or renew a membership on-site and receive a plush sloth (a $25 value) and a $15 Atria's gift card.
  • Photos with Santa and his Penguin Helper- November 25, December 2, 9, & 16 | 11 am
    Bring your wishlist and your camera!
  • Museum Store Sunday - November 26 
    Receive 15% off National Aviary tshirts and sweatshirts in the Gift Shop!
  • Santa Brunch - December 10
    Enjoy brunch by Atria's and meet Santa and his penguin friend.
  • Penguin Painting –  December 10 | 3 pm
    The National Aviary's talented African Penguins paint with their feet! Guests can choose colors for their painting and watch the adorable artist at work, then take home a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.


Find One-of-a-Kind Gifts and Souvenirs!

  • Maker Challenge - Local Art featuring the National Aviary's most popular animals is available for purchase in our eclectic gift shop. Visit to discover beautiful pieces for your home and thoughtful gifts for friends and family. 

  • National Aviary Gift Shop - The National Aviary Gift Shop offers an array of unique nature-themed gifts, artwork, books, toys, and clothing for every occasion! Find thoughtful host/hostess gifts for Thanksgiving, like these stunning owl ceramics. Need more ideas? Look no further than our Holiday Gift Guide!