Insider's Guide: Carnegie Science Center

Insider's Guide: Carnegie Science Center

Explore out-of-this-world fun at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science Center!

The Summer of Rhythm and Sound 

Experience science fun for everyone this summer at Carnegie Science Center! Bring the whole family and experience The Summer of Rhythm and Sound with interactive exhibits and so much more.

From the never-ending carnival in the Miniature Railroad & Village® to the Field Station in H2Oh!, the Science Center is full of sounds. Hear the whistles of the trains and the croaking of the frogs, then go rock out in GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World. This touring exhibition, free with general admission, hosts the world’s largest guitar and 70 rare, antique, and popular guitars. The exhibit also showcases the evolution of the guitar as well as the science of sound behind the world’s most popular instrument. The science of sound continues with Music Mondays, Saturday showings of America’s Musical Journey in The Rangos Giant Cinema, and laser shows.

Plan Your Visit 

Located on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, Carnegie Science Center is open and ready to welcome kids of all ages! For the safety and comfort of visitors, capacity limitations are currently in place. All visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase a timed ticket online in advance of their visit. 

General admission to the Carnegie Science Center includes access to four floors of interactive exhibits, Highmark SportsWorks®, Buhl Planetarium Shows, live demonstration theater shows and the USS Requin submarine.

Visit the Carnegie Science Center for free all year long with a Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Membership! Various membership packages are available and provide access to all four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, including Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History and The Andy Warhol Museum, all year long. Members also receive special perks and discounts. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a member

Exhibits, Shows & Programs

Robot Hall of Fame
The first robots were creations of imagination rather than engineering. Through the one-of-a-kind Robot Hall of Fame, visitors can enjoy the fictional machines that sparked the creation of real robots. Robots include: Gort, The Iron Giant, HAL 9000, R2D2 and C-3PO, and the iconic Tom Servo and Crow.

Miniature Railroad & Village®
The Miniature Railroad & Village® captures iconic Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania landmarks, from Forbes Field to Fallingwater. The sights and sounds are endless on a short commute around wonderfully, realistic animated scenes.

USS Requin (SS 481)
Boarding the USS Requin (SS 481) Cold War submarine is truly an immersive experience! Tour the space that was once home to 80 men, who carved out a rough and adventurous life during USS Requin’s lengthy defense and scientific missions, some of which are still classified to this day.

Carnegie Science Center is located on the water where the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers become the Ohio River. These freshwater rivers are a precious resource that sustain amazing wildlife and are the water source for the region. H2Oh!, overlooking the Ohio River, provides insight into the importance of water conservation and provides a unique perspective on how water flows from the rivers to your kitchen sink.

Science comes to life right before your eyes on three demonstration stages! From explosive reactions to the chemistry of cooking and the basics of biology, a live program offers the kind of science experience you can’t get anywhere else! Music-themed demonstrations will be featured this summer. Visitors will witness the relationship between sound waves and sound pressure through the Rubens tube.

Buhl Planetarium
Fly to the Moon, soar to Saturn, gaze at the stars, and traverse distant galaxies, all during your trip to Pittsburgh! The newly renovated Buhl Planetarium offers a variety of music-themed laser shows and galactic shows in True-8K digital clarity on an immersive dome screen designed to delight, educate, and inspire visitors of all ages!

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