Insider's Guide: Carnegie Science Center

Insider's Guide: Carnegie Science Center

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

-NEW- Mars: The Next Giant Leap

Opens Nov. 19, 2022

Explore the red planet, its relationship to earth and the space missions that will get us there at Mars: The Next Giant Leap, the newest exhibition at the Carnegie Science Center, and the largest since it opened in 1991. Guests will be able to:

  • Imagine a Martian dwelling and see how we can grow food and prioritize resources essential to our survival
  • Vote on the future of Mars and see how your decisions affect daily life for your colony
  • Imagine yourself in a space career and see how Pittsburgh could give you a start in the space industry
  • Address contemporary issues facing the Earth through hypothetical scenarios on Mars

Seven separate zones comprise the exhibit, allowing guests to enjoy the topics above through a View From Mars, setting up a Martian Garden, connecting Pittsburgh to our Mars destiny, and much more.

Plan Your Visit 

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

General admission to the Carnegie Science Center includes access to four floors of interactive exhibits (including the new Mars: The Next Giant Leap exhibit), 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

Winter Special Events

Blast off to the Carnegie Science Center for extra science fun! The Carnegie Science Center has an assortment of special events and programming for everyone from preschoolers to their 21+ night for adults.

Space Out! Astronomy Day
Nov. 19, 2022

Out-of-this-world activities fill every floor of the Carnegie Science Center! Embark on a SolarQuest, be astounded by chemistry demonstrations, make and take your own Star Clock and much more.

USS Requin Holiday Dinner
Dec. 10, 2022

Have dinner aboard the USS Requin just like the submariners did 62 years ago! Enjoy a fantastic meal of holiday favorites, then take a tour through the submarine. All attendees also take home a keepsake ornament.

21+ Night: Solstice Party
Dec. 16, 2022

Science, after hours. Enjoy a special show in the Buhl Planetarium, a stellar drag show and interactive experiences with an adult beverage in hand.

The Polar Express 3D
Nov. 25-Dec. 30, 2022 (select dates)

Spread holiday joy and watch the Tom Hanks classic, directed by Robert Zemeckis, in 3D only at The Rangos Giant Cinema. 

Holiday Camps
Dec. 27-30, 2022

Build robots, travel the universe, become the LEGO® master and complete a mission to Mars at Carnegie Science Center's one-day holiday camps packed with a full science adventure.

Humpback Whales 3D
Nov. 25, 2022-Jan. 1, 2023

Dive into the mysterious world of humpback whales! Narrated by Ewan McGregor, this 3D experience gives the audience an unmatched look into the realm of these 55-foot, 50-ton mammals. 

Rocky Mountain Express
Jan. 12-15, 2023

All aboard! Get lost in the stunning cinematography and the energy and sounds of live steam locomotives as you ride from the Atlantic to the Pacific aboard the Rocky Mountain Express.

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More Exhibits, Shows & Programs

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. The village is constantly adding new touches, the most recent of which is the small stone chapel famous for appearing in George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead.

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

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!

Pittsburgh is KidsBURGH®!

Pittsburgh is the perfect destination for unforgettable family fun! Featuring many fantastic attractions, Pittsburgh has plenty of entertainment options for kids of all ages. Plan your KidsBURGH® trip today!