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Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center

It’s not just for kids!

Carnegie Science Center, located on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, is your ticket to scientific fun. Think of it as an amusement park for the mind – a great place to take a break from your classes and learn something new along the way with hundreds of hands-on exhibits.

With a valid student ID, college students enjoy $2 off general admission. Students at Carnegie Mellon University and Chatham University get free general admission with their student ID.

Special programming caters to the adult crowd.

21+ Night, for example, is a favorite activity for adult visitors. This event, on Friday evenings monthly, offers the chance to explore Carnegie Science Center with no kids! Themes range from Starry Nights to The Science of Beer to The Sounds of Science. Each 21+ Night includes cash bars, live music, activities, and lots of Science Center fun.

College students love laser shows. Laserists choreograph vibrant colors and rockin’ beats for the crowd. The line-up changes regularly, offering the chance to feature many genres and artists. Recent shows have featured music from Deadmau5, the Beatles, and Gorillaz. Don’t miss Midnight Pink Floyd, a Science Center tradition. Laser shows are a high-definition, full-dome experience with vibrant lights in Buhl Planetarium.

At Café Scientifique, science enthusiasts gather monthly to hear an expert guest speaker and discuss timely science topics. Recent topics have included the search for dark matter, the ecologic impact of trees, and crumbling infrastructure. Café Sci is free, with food and drinks available for purchase.

The Science Center is home to four floors of interactive exhibits, the world’s largest permanent robotics exhibit, a Cold War-era submarine, and a renowned miniature railroad display. See a movie on the biggest screen in Pittsburgh, and catch a laser show with music ranging from electronic to pop to rock.

Scale a zero-gravity climbing wall, explore a two-story walk-in replica of the International Space Station, become a human yo-yo at Highmark SportsWorks®, challenge a robot to air hockey, and snap a photo of the skyline view outside.

Astronomy fan? Check out SkyWatch on clear Friday and Saturday evenings, March through November. Visit the Science Center’s rooftop observatory to get up-close and personal with globular clusters, nebulas, and planets when you see them with your own eyes. Our telescope shows amazing detail, and stargazers on-site can explain what you’re seeing. Or journey through the galaxy without ever leaving Pittsburgh at Buhl Planetarium. Explore Mars or navigate the stars over Pittsburgh with an exhilarating planetarium experience.

Get in the center of the action at Rangos Omnimax Theater. Every seat is a good seat in this four-story, immersive IMAX® dome theater. It is one of only 50 theaters of its kind in North America and is Pittsburgh’s BIGGEST screen.

Carnegie Science Center is easily accessible – take the T light rail to the Allegheny Station, a block away from Carnegie Science Center. Several Port Authority bus lines serve this area also. Parking is available at the Science Center.



1 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212


40.4462702, -80.018748



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