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 health and safety of visitors and staff is the Carnegie Museums’ top priorities. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh have established enhanced health policies in accordance with the Center for Disease Control, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Allegheny Health Department to ensure all guests have a safe and enjoyable visit.


Experience science fun for everyone this summer at  Carnegie Science Center! Bring the whole family and experience interactive exhibits including Highmark SportsWorks®, the USS Requin submarine, Miniature Railroad & Village® and so much more Only in Pittsburgh.

Carnegie Science Center's H2Oh! Exhibition

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

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Experience a Show

During your visit, be sure you make some extra time to enjoy a show! The Rango Giant Cinema is Pittsburgh’s most immersive movie theater, boasting a 70-by-38-foot Certified Giant Screen, crystal-clear 4K images, brilliant colors and rich surround sound. The Giant Theater operates daily featuring award-winning science-themed movies. 

Fly to the Moon and beyond at the Buhl Planetarium, Only in Pittsburgh! The planetarium offers a variety of shows daily including themed laser shows, short features and SkyWatch events. Or take in a live demonstration at the Science Stage, BodyStage or Works Theater. Depending on the show, you might event get a keepsake! Check out the museum’s online calendar for the full schedule of daily shows

Behind the Scenes Tour

Go behind the scenes of the Only in Pittsburgh USS Requin (SS 481), the U.S. Navy’s first Radar Picket submarine! The submarine is located behind the Carnegie Science Center along the Ohio River. Guests can climb aboard and explore the full submarine including unrestored compartments and the control room. Learn about the experiences of the crew and the adventurous life during the USS Requin’s scientific missions from underwater. During the summer, the USS Requin is open every day from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (weather permitting) with tours operating at a 20-minute interval. 

Upcoming Special Events

Blast off to the Carnegie Science Center during a free, public event for extra science fun! Created for the whole family, these events are included with a general admission ticket.

Sensory Sensitive Science Hours
June 27 & Aug. 15

Children and adults on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities are invited to experience the museum in a welcoming and safe environment. Exhibit lights and sound effects will be adjusted, and special activities will be added for all visitors to enjoy.

H2Oh! River Weekend
July 25-25

Did you know Pittsburgh is home to three iconic rivers? Learn about all three of Pittsburgh’s rivers the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio - while enjoying a weekend full of aquatic experiments. Visitors can turn river water into clean drinking water through chemistry, go on a BINGO scavenger hunt along the North Shore Riverwalk and more during this water-themed weekend.

MessFest
Aug. 22

Get ready to get messy during MessFest! End your super science summer by crafting a contraption to help an egg survive a drop, designing a squirt gun, creating slime, extracting DNA from strawberries and plenty more. Don’t miss this messy event full of interactive fun for the whole family. 

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!