Investigate the incredibly diverse plant life of North America and Western Pennsylvania in Botany Hall. Get lost in beautiful dioramas that depict wildly different biomes from all four corners of the United States.

Learn about how animals and humans depend on plants for foods, shelter, medicine, and clothing. Discover how temperature and water affect plants by comparing a Florida everglade, an Alpine meadow on Mt. Rainier, an Arizona desert, and a wooded Pennsylvania valley. Identify herbs by their smells, and learn about photosynthesis and the food chain.

The hall also has several dioramas to show the plants and diverse habitats present in Western Pennsylvania. Local habitats like Lake Erie’s Presque Isle during the summer, a Warren County bog in the fall, and the Allegheny Natural Forest in the spring are all represented in Botany Hall.