Carnegie Science Center

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Carnegie Science Center
Courtesy Carnegie Science Center

Key Info

1 Allegheny Avenue

Price & Hours

$24.95 for adults; $16.95 for kids 3-12
Sun-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Often closed Sundays of Steelers home games

Details

Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.0scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Offering a range of interactive exhibits covering a variety of topics, the Carnegie Science Center is a hit with adults and families with children. The science center, one of four Carnegie Museums in Steel City, is home to a planetarium, an exploration station with electricity and weather exhibits, a sports-focused venue, a robotics experience, a naval submarine and more. Within different areas of the museum, visitors can learn about energy through a kiosk game show, see what it feels like to be weightless on the zero-gravity climbing wall, understand the physics of sports and interact with the robots in roboworld.

Carnegie Science Center also offers entertainment options that are particular visitor favorites, including laser shows where neon lights and music combine (think: light shows set to Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd and Daft Punk hits) and screenings in the four-story Rangos Omnimax Theater (a massive domed IMAX theater).

Recent travelers heap praise upon the Carnegie Science Center and its informative exhibits, noting there's plenty to keep kids busy and engaged, and they felt everyone learned something from their trip. Visitors also say the museum's staff is knowledgeable, helpful and happy to answer any questions. But travelers weren't as pleased with the long lines for the interactive exhibits at Highmark SportsWorks and the pricey cost of admission. If you know you want to visit and see a laser show or movie in the Omnimax Theater, you can save some coin by purchasing a combo package. Also, check the website for details on coupons or discounts.

You'll find the museum in the North Shore area of downtown Pittsburgh, adjacent to Heinz Field. There is on-site visitor parking available for $5. Carnegie Science Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Saturdays until 7 p.m. Admission costs $24.95 for adults and $16.95 for children ages 3 to 12. Additional exhibits, such as the Omnimax films and laser shows, cost more, but there are combo packages available. For information on exhibits, group rates and more, visit Carnegie Science Center's website.

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