Celebrating 70 Years of Excellence

The National Aviary was founded in 1952 as one large, conservatory-aviary where visitors would find themselves immersed in the world of birds and experience them in a naturalistic setting. Over the course of 70 years, the National Aviary has grown to become not only a beloved Pittsburgh institution, but also an internationally recognized leader in avian medicine, animal care, and conservation.

The work of our dedicated team has transformed the National Aviary, helping us to engage visitors in our mission to inspire respect for nature through an appreciation of birds. Join us in celebrating 70 years of working to save birds and protect their habitats.

Ways to celebrate with the National Aviary

Purchase a 70th Anniversary Commemorative Book

In honor of the 70th Anniversary since our founding, the National Aviary has launched a beautiful commemorative coffee table book detailing our rich history of saving birds and protecting their habitats. Purchase your limited-edition copy in our Gift Shop; admission not required to shop!

Purchase Your Copy!

Join us for Night in the Tropics: Vintage Vacation

Travel back in time on a “Vintage Vacation” in honor of the National Aviary’s 70th anniversary! This highly anticipated 21+ event is back after a two-year hiatus. Don’t miss it – get your tickets early and join us for this one-of-a-kind summer party, all supporting animal care and conservation!

Reserve Advance Tickets!

Visit the National Aviary

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Immerse yourself in lush habitats where beautiful birds from around the world fly around you! Learn about these species through interactive daily activities included with admission!

Reserve Advance Tickets!

Donate to help support more than 500 animals

For 70 years, the National Aviary has provided high quality, individualized care to each bird and mammal to call the National Aviary home. Your support helps our work of inspiring respect for nature through an appreciation of birds.

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Become a National Aviary Member

Enjoy a flock of great benefits with three different National Aviary Membership! Become a Traditional Member and visit the National Aviary for FREE for a year and more! Our Virtual Membership offers exclusive access to our Virtual Resource Library, discounts on select virtual programs. A Sustaining Membership offers invitations to exclusive birding events, special events, and more!

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How your help supports our work:

Wetlands Habitat Renovation

During this 70th year we are renovating our second oldest habitat to incorporate bird-friendly glass, designed to maximize UV light and protect birds inside the Wetlands and outside in the surrounding park, a new walkway, live plants, beautiful interactive features, and upgrades for sustainability and comfort for birds and guests. Stay tuned for updates!

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Thank you to our 70th Anniversary sponsor:

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In The News

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National Aviary to offer ‘World of Oceans’ program | Observer Reporter

The summer season has begun at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh where a “World of Oceans” await.

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Best of the Burgh: Best Pittsburgh Events to Get All Dressed Up | Pittsburgh Magazine

Night in the Tropics allows guests to explore the largest aviary in the country after dark; food, drinks, dancing and getting up-close with some of the Aviary’s 500 birds are mainstays of the program.

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Hike, Bike, Explore, and Support the National Aviary’s Second Annual Hike-A-Thon Presented by UPMC Health Plan |

After a successful inaugural year, the virtual fundraiser supporting the National Aviary is back with a new, intuitive platform allowing hikers, bikers, and explorers to connect with nature from anywhere in the world.

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Vitro Architectural Glass Helping Restore Aviary Wetlands | Building Enclosure

The Wetlands habitat renovation includes the addition of over 20,000 square-feet of bird-friendly glass donated by Vitro Architectural Glass.

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