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Since 1893, visitors have been drawn to the natural wonder and beauty contained within the 19 indoor and outdoor gardens of Phipps Conservatory, as well as to the structure itself.


Members: Free
Adults: $15
Seniors (62 and older): $14
Students with a valid ID: $14
Children 2 to 18: $11
Children under 2: Free

You may purchase general admission tickets when you arrive at Phipps.

Free Parking Hours

As you plan your next visit, please note that the metered parking along Schenley Drive in front of the Conservatory is free after 6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and all day on Sundays. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Phipps is open daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm and until 10 pm on Friday. A tour of the Conservatory will take approximately 90 minutes so please plan to arrive in plenty of time to complete your visit before the closing times noted above. Please note that some areas of the public garden, including the Outdoor Garden and the Tropical Forest Conservatory, may be closed on occasion for private events.


Holidays have long been a favorite time to visit Phipps. Many families hold special events at Phipps, and holiday celebrations offer a chance to relive memories. Plan ahead, as some holidays can be among our busiest visitor days. We are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.


A walk through the Conservatory takes about 90 minutes and most of our indoor rooms, outdoor gardens and facilities are wheelchair accessible, including restrooms, classrooms, and Botany Hall. We offer wheelchairs free of charge on a first come, first serve basis. We do not accept reservations and an ID must be left with the admissions desk.

Self-Heating Sidewalks

The front-entrance walkway to the Welcome Center has a computer controlled de-icing system that automatically warms the sidewalks using waste heat during snow and ice conditions. This means less snow-blowing and de-icing chemicals are needed to make our main entrance safe.

Guided and Group Tours

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers three different docent-led group tour options:

  • Conservatory History and Plant Collection
    Also available as a self-guided tour
  • Production Greenhouses
  • Phipps and Sustainability

All group tours are $2 per person in addition to the price of regular admission with the exception of the Production Greenhouses tour, which is $5 more per person. Tours last approximately 60 – 90 minutes. A discount of 10 percent is available for groups of 15 or more. Reservations and deposits are required for all group tours. Please contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 6501 or for more details, or to arrange a group visit.

Center for Sustainable Landscapes Tours

ALERT: Center for Sustainable Landscapes tours are temporarily postponed while we install the new Tropical Forest Congo exhibit. Stay tuned for updates.

Phipps offers docent-led tours of the new Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) daily Thursdays – Sundays at 1 p.m. No pre-registration is required; spots are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 20 people per day. Tours begin in the CSL; guests are encouraged to arrive early to register, enjoy a lunch at Café Phipps and allow time to walk back to the CSL prior to touring. Tours are free with Phipps admission, and last approximately 60 – 90 minutes.

Using QR codes at Phipps

QR codes—small, black and white square bar codes you may have noticed on signs, displays and commercials—are an innovative technology that will make it easier for you to get more information during your visit to Phipps.

Phipps Conservatory QR Code

Before coming to the Conservatory, search the Marketplace or App Store on your Smartphone to download a free barcode scanner or QR reader application.

As you walk through the gardens, you will find QR codes on some of our signs. Pull up the QR code reader or scanner on your phone and take a photograph of the QR code to be linked to Web pages with fascinating facts and supplementary information about our exhibits, plants and sustainability efforts.