Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Whether you're seeking a science adventure, or just looking for things to do in Pittsburgh, Carnegie Science Center is a fun-filled destination guaranteed to ignite the "Wow!" in everyone. Visit Pittsburgh’s most-visited museum, with four floors of interactive exhibits. Marvel at astronomy in Buhl Planetarium, discover the science behind robotics in roboworld®, and learn about the human body in BodyWorks. Watch hair-raising live shows and discover an array of programs for the entire family. Take a step back in time aboard our Cold War-era submarine, watch model trains chug through western Pennsylvania in our Miniature Railroad & Village®, or catch a movie on Pittsburgh’s largest movie screen at The Rangos Giant Cinema! And, if you are looking for physical activity, test your bravery on our Ropes Challenge, one of the many sports-related activities in Highmark SportsWorks®. Explore science in a new way at Carnegie Science Center!
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  • ElvisAndrus
    Arlington, Texas820 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for kids of all ages
    Science museums are not my first choice but I am usually happy when I go. The "Robot Hall of Fame" gimich drew me in, as did the sports section but neither captured the whole experience. In fact the model train display, which was both the biggest I had ever seen and the oldest I had ever seen, interpreted by people who love it- was the highlight.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 1, 2023
  • Jenifer W
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great model train exhibit!
    Excellent science museum. Really enjoyed the model train area. Great historical depiction of the Pittsburgh area. The exhibit on Mars and the body exhibits were also good. Lots of hands-on exhibits. Did not see the Vikings exhibit or the 3D movies. Spent about 3.5 hours even without doing those activities.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 5, 2023
  • KindPathFinder
    39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun stop for all ages
    Another great Pittsburgh museum the kids (and adults) loved. (For reference our kids are 2 and a half and 9 years olds. My favorite part was viewing the submarine (included in admission). Our 2 year old did not want to go in, at first, but then got more interested once inside. Plenty to see and do here for everyone. We brought snacks and ate in the gated area outside the sports complex. There is another area with tables on the river side by the submarine which connects to a nice bike path.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Selena S
    11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reserve Submarine Tickets as Soon as you get to the Museum.
    My husband and I wanted to go in the submarine. You have to buy tickets to the museum to go in the sub. We didn't have a lot to do that day so it was ok. I didn't need to see the museum but we made the most of it and played along with the kids that were there with their families! The submarine was really interesting and worth going in if you have never been in a sub before. If you don't like small spaces, this is not for you. They left the orginal doorways so you have to step over. It's a self guided tour but you are with a group. I would go as soon as you get to the museum and get your reservation for a time to see the sub.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 26, 2023
  • OH WINER
    12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Family Fun
    Went during Thanksgiving week so very crowded. Some shows were delayed due to crowds but were interesting. Mars exhibition quite good. Titanic interesting, but layout of artifacts made for bunching up of viewing areas. Entry times should have been spread out more. Kids areas great and lots of activities for them.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 26, 2023
  • kwnike13
    Grand Island, New York496 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing model trains!!
    This place is amazing for families with small children. I wish we were in Pittsburgh longer and had more time to spend at this amazing place. There are so many interactive activities and exhibits to keep everyone of all ages entertained. Besides the fart machine my son absolutely loved the model train exhibit. This thing was enormous and so detailed that we could have spent the entire day just in this section looking at all the small details.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 29, 2024
  • Hector Bolanos
    Chicago, Illinois48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place.
    Recently saw the Titanic Artifacts Exhibit here, it was very interesting and had a very good presentation. The theater here is also very impressive, so were the movies they were showing. We did miss out on the USS Requin submarine, as it was closed for the season. But it would have been nice to see it, but there were still other worth while exhibits. Like human anatomy and the Pittsburgh historical replica and model trains. All-in-all, a very worth-while excursion.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 30, 2024
  • TheHappyWanderer58
    Pennsylvania28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see!
    The Science Center was hosting the Titanic Exhibition at the time of our visit. We also saw the USS Requin and the Miniature Railroad. There were so many other exhibits to see, but we only had time for these three. All were wonderful and I highly recommend.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 28, 2024
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ScottStemler
Rankin, PA110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We visited the Carnegie Science Center mainly to see the Mummies of the World Exhibit, but we purchased a combo ticket which allowed us to spend the day and take in the other exhibits at the Science Center. The Mummies exhibit is very interesting and is done in a respectful way. We spent about an hour in the exhibit, reading about the Mummies and viewing several videos. This exhibit can be purchased with it's own ticket if you do not wish to see the rest of the Science Center. We did a tour of the USS Requin, a Navy submarine that can be toured at your own pace. The miniature railroad exhibit is also very well done. Many of old Pittsburgh buildings can be found in the exhibit, so take your time when looking around. We liked the new Kaufmann's building, and also the Ship Hotel. The robots section is very interesting. We liked the robot Hall of Fame, that featured some well know movie robots. The robot that shoots basketballs is interesting to watch. Even though most of the Science Center is geared towards younger visitors, it was definitely worth the trip and provided us with a fun day out.
Written January 2, 2020
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tinky1242013
Pittsburgh, PA143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
My boyfriend and I visited the Mummies of the World exhibit at The Carnegie Science Center. I missed this exhibit in Las Vegas when I visited so I was very happy to be able to see this in Pittsburgh. The exhibit starts with a video about the mummies and how they were discovered and it has a back story on the mummies and where they were located throughout the world. There is no photography and no food or drinks in this exhibit. The mummies are very fascinating and each mummy has a story to tell us about their history. The science center curators were helpful and answered a lot of questions too about the mummies. There is a small gift shop at the end of the exhibit as well. Both my boyfriend and I enjoyed this visit very much and you will too.
Written March 22, 2020
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Kathy B
Pittsburgh, PA23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
There is so much to see and learn at the Carnegie Science Center. We went with our daughter and her two boys ages 6 and 1 1/2. Really need more than one day to experience all the floors. The boys had a great time playing; the youngest loved the water play areas! Adults can enjoy learning from the interactive exhibits, even without kids along!
Written January 9, 2020
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Samuel S
Blairsville, PA97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Went as a family with my wife and our four year old, my son had a blast and wanted to spend all day there. We all enjoyed our time there it's hard to choose what was our favorite I really enjoyed touring the requin, which is a submarine that you can tour. They also had an amazing miniature railroad exhibit and a great temporary exhibit on guitars, my only gripe is that the gift shop doesn't really sell much stuff with the museum name on it, it mostly just has stuff that is overpriced and kids beg to get when you can get the same stuff for a fraction of the price elsewhere that has no tie to the museum
Written July 16, 2022
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famlygal
Greenville, OH160 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Went there while my fiance and I were in town for something else because we saw a billboard for the Mummies of the world exhibit. The Mummies of the world is exhibit was interesting and we enjoyed it; however, the rest of the museum was geared completely toward children so was quite boring for us. It is a great place if you have children but if it's just adults it's not worth it.
Written January 4, 2020
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Eva C
New Britain, CT176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
One of the best kids science museums I've taken the kids to. There is much to see and do, to include hands on and visual displays of a variety of science areas (from water to biology to robotics, including historic robots from entertainment history and not, to you name it). Overlooks the river and downtown Pittsburgh.
Written January 17, 2020
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selmar137
167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
My family and I recently got to visit the Carnegie Science Center. I would certainly recommend visiting if you're in the area. Lots of interesting and interactive science related activities for the family. We also got to tour an old submarine. You get to see the inside of the submarine, crew quarters and get a feeling for daily living about the submarine...you probably don't want to try this if you're claustrophobic.
Written September 6, 2020
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E H
Brunswick, NY106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This place is definitely catered to children of all ages. You have to like space and robotics to really appreciate this place as this is most of what this place is all about. The planetarium was a highlight here, with informative shows provided at regular intervals. The room full of robots was pretty fascinating. My personal favorite was the Lost in Space robot, the actual robot used in Season 2 of the '60s TV series, equipped with varying quotes and quips from the original Robot voice provided by Dick Tufeld. But the most spectacular thing here was the large room adjacent containing a replica of Pittsburgh with a fully-operating train station. From any angle it looked absolutely real with so much fine detail. I spent 20 minutes in here alone. An adjacent building was dedicated to sports science...not quite my thing, but many people spent quite some time exploring here, and there were a lot of happy faces.

Just one thing prevented me from giving this place 5 stars...the gift shop had nothing for anyone over 17. These gift shops need to expand their focus. I came out of this one with nothing. All-in-all, this is a very good family stop.
Written July 20, 2021
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LexiV
Cleveland, OH926 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
My teen suggested this place for our weekend in Pittsburgh, and we ended up having a great time. Neither of us had ever been to a laser show, so we saw the Queen one, and it was a lot of fun. There were a lot of demonstrations both inside and out going on the day we were there. Most of the exhibits are very interactive and the museum was busy but still navigable on a Saturday afternoon. The guitar exhibit was fun to play with. The gift shop was very reasonably priced too. We're both bummed that we missed the robot room that we noticed later on their website later, so we will be back at some point to check that out.
Written August 4, 2022
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Denisew1987
Dallas, GA45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
We visited for the Mummy Exhibit. There was a lot of people mostly because it was cold outside but it was very educational. Lot of things for kids to do, view and learn. They also have membership prices for individuals and families. The sporting complex was fun for all ages on the inside. The kids there were having a blast.
Written March 10, 2020
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