Insider's Guide: Carnegie Science Center

Insider's Guide: Carnegie Science Center

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

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.

This summer plan to strum away with the world’s most popular musical instrument at GUITAR: The Instrument that Rocked the World. This touring exhibition, free with general admission, showcases more than 100 acoustic, electric, historical and unusual guitars. GUITAR also will introduce visitors to the science of sound and music through 15 hands-on interactives packed with STEAM-based elements.

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. 

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!