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!

Visit the National Aviary

A mom pushing a stroller with two young girls wearing masks

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.

Donate Today

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!

Learn More

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!

Learn More

Thank you to our 70th Anniversary sponsors:

UPMC Health Plan logo
Lamar logo
Peoples An Essential Utilities Company logo

Clubhouse Cards LLC
enkompas Technology Solutions
Federated Hermes
HBK CPAs & Consultants
Kauer Consulting
Rivers Casino

In The News

See All News

10 October events for Pittsburgh kids looking for excitement | Kidsburgh

Owl-O-Ween at the National Aviary: Who-o-o’s looking for fun? This owl-themed Halloween party offers a full day of activities.

Read More »

63 kid-friendly fall events in Pittsburgh and beyond | Kidsburgh

Visit the National Aviary for events like Owl-O-Ween, International African Penguin Awareness Day, and more.

Read More »

5 things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend: Sept. 16-18 | TribLIVE

At an Oktoberfest Brunch at the National Aviary, German cuisine will be prepared by Chef Josef Karst of Atria’s Specialty Catering.

Read More »

National Aviary’s Andean Condor chick gets new name, fledges the nest | KDKA - CBS Pittsburgh

It was a big day for the National Aviary's Andean Condor chick. The aviary revealed her name, and she fledged the nest for the first time.

Read More »

Newly Named Andean Condor Chick Makes Her Big Debut at the National Aviary | ZooBorns

The chick, one of only three Andean Condors to hatch in North American zoos in the last year, was named by generous friends of the National Aviary. Today, she fledged the nest for the first time.

Read More »