The Scottish Parliament, 15 October 2013 to 25 January 2014

"He who dies thus rich dies disgraced"

Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), one of the richest people who ever lived, became the world’s first modern philanthropist. This exhibition explores how the Scots-American industrialist from Dunfermline used his private wealth for public good.

Discover how the beliefs and actions of one individual resulted in an international legacy of philanthropy. Visitors can see new and historic exhibits that tell the story of Andrew Carnegie’s optimistic vision to change the world.

Exhibits on display include documents such as letters between Carnegie and important politicians of the day and his last will and testament. Prepare to be surprised by the extent of Carnegie’s philanthropy when you see Sesame Tree puppets and a robotic bagpipe player on display. And learn about how Carnegie made a dinosaur world famous.

The wealth of this one man built the Peace Palace at The Hague, established more than 2,600 public libraries and greatly widened access to education in Scotland and the United States.

Carnegie’s philanthropy had an impact across the world, especially in America and Britain. Objects on display are being loaned by many organisations including the Library of Congress, Columbia University Archives, Carnegie Hall Archives, the British Library and National Records of Scotland.

This exhibition was made possible due to the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and was created by a collaborative partnership between Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, Carnegie Birthplace Museum and the Scottish Parliament.

As part of the exhibition, McBlare a robot who plays the bagpipes will perform one or two pieces each Saturday at 12.30 during the exhibition.  McBlare's last performance will be on Saturday 18th January.

Please be aware that the performance involves the playing of real bagpipes and is therefore as loud as a bagpipe performance.

  • Sesame Tree puppets: In 1966, the Carnegie Corporation of New York funded research into teaching children through television. This funding helped launch Sesame Workshop, the producer of Sesame Street.
    Images from the Carnegie exhibition

    Sesame Tree puppets: In 1966, the Carnegie Corporation of New York funded research into teaching children through television. This funding helped launch Sesame Workshop, the producer of Sesame Street.  Copyright: Sesame Workshop

  • Watercolour of the Peace Palace in the Hague. Copyright: Peace Palace/Carnegie Stichting
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    Watercolour of the Peace Palace in the Hague. Copyright: Peace Palace/Carnegie Stichting

  • Andrew Carnegie's birthplace.  Copyright: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum
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    Andrew Carnegie's birthplace.  Copyright: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

  • Life-ring from a ship named Carnegie at the Carnegie Museum in Dunfermline. Copyright: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum
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    Life-ring from a ship named Carnegie at the Carnegie Museum in Dunfermline. Copyright: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

  • Gaspan pencil sketch of Andrew Carnegie.  Copyright: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum
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    Gaspan pencil sketch of Andrew Carnegie.  Copyright: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

  • Photo of diplodocus, right, and apatosaurus at the Carnegie Museum. Copyright: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh
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    Photo of diplodocus, right, and apatosaurus at the Carnegie Museum. Copyright: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh

  • Oil painting of Louise Carnegie hanging at the Carnegie Museum in Dunfermline. Copyright: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum
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    Oil painting of Louise Carnegie hanging at the Carnegie Museum in Dunfermline. Copyright: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

  • Oil painting of Andrew Carnegie hanging at the Carnegie Museum in Dunfermline. Copyright: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum
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    Oil painting of Andrew Carnegie hanging at the Carnegie Museum in Dunfermline. Copyright: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

  • Andrew Carnegie, aged 16, with his brother Tom.  Copyright: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum
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    Andrew Carnegie, aged 16, with his brother Tom.  Copyright: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

  • An oak casket, given to Andrew Carnegie by the City of New York, which was once been owned by Sir Thomas Hope, from Edinburgh, whose house became the site of a public library donated by Carnegie. Copyright: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum
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    An oak casket given to Andrew Carnegie. It was once owned by Sir Thomas Hope of Edinburgh, whose house became the site of a public library donated by Carnegie. Copyright: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

  • Diplodocus presented to the Natural History Museum in 1905. Copyright: The Natural History Museum, London
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    Diplodocus presented to the Natural History Museum in 1905. Copyright: The Natural History Museum, London

  • Astronomer Vera Rubin examining photographic plates in 1974.  Copyright: Carnegie Institution for Science
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    Astronomer Vera Rubin examining photographic plates in 1974.  Copyright: Carnegie Institution for Science

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    "An object lesson", Puck cartoon, 19 June 1901. Copyright: Library of Congress

  • Delftware featuring the Peace Palace building. Copyright: Peace Palace/Carnegie Stichting
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    Delftware featuring the Peace Palace building. Copyright: Peace Palace/Carnegie Stichting

  • Cartoon in Puck, 10 April 1907. Copyright: Library of Congress
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    Cartoon in Puck, 10 April 1907. Copyright: Library of Congress

 

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