I was in middle school in the 90s when this place opened, so I remember enjoying it for a few years back then before aging out. Going back now with my 4-year-old, I'm really impressed: it's a solid draw for kids maybe 3 to 14, and a lot of the exhibits have enough content to interest the adults as well.
I really appreciate the wide range with themes of water, robots, anatomy, trains, electricity, and astronomy. The indoor play area on the top floor even has some math skills built in, and I appreciate a place for little ones to get out some energy during a long stay.
The price is reasonable; for locals, a membership would be the way to go.
It's an amazing place! And to honor Carnegie, they give free entry for Carnegie Mellon University students.
Even if you are not into exhibits, you will enjoy this!!
Definitely check out the submarine outdoor!!
We have held a family membership here since the day they opened their doors (It includes the Carnegie Museums in Oakland, and the Andy Warhol Museum as well . . . money well spent in my opinion), and even though our daughter is now grown, and married, we still enjoy our membership, and visit occasionally. Yesterday I had the pleasure of seeing the new Star Wars movie, "The Last Jedi," here at the newly-refurbished, Rangos Giant Screen Theater (formerly the Omnimax) for the noon matinee. Let me tell you, I was totally impressed with the new set-up, from the brand-new comfy seats, to the new screen (no longer is it projected onto a dome, which is now much better viewing in my opinion). The sound was great, the 3-D was great, and I really enjoyed the film (My rating by the way, is 90% Excellent on the film, a solid A). The rest of the Science Center is mostly great. Some of the exhibits are a little stale, and although they do change it up occasionally, and sometimes bring in temporary national exhibits (Like the one on guitars some years ago was incredible). I don't like that they removed some of my favorite things (like the Earthquake Cafe' for one), and added some other things that are probably more for kids than adults, but still, this is a fun place. I think the trains, and the submarine are worth the price of admission alone, and the Sportsworks building has some fun things to do (when they are not broken). Lastly, the cafe' has never been that wonderful, and I think it has actually declined in quality the last few times I have been here. I had a Black-Bean Veggie Burger for lunch yesterday, right before the movie started, and the menu said it was supposed to have salsa, but none was given. Instead they asked me if I wanted lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickle, and I said yes, except for the onions. I added mayo, the last few dollops that were available in the dispenser by the way, and ate my lunch (Tip: Food is discounted for members, just show your card (Gift Shop also)). The bun was very dry, stale, and easily fell apart (I wonder if they gave me a gluten-free bun by mistake, as it sure had the consistency of one). So overall, this place is five stars for the exhibits, minus a star for the cafe' . . . but if I could, I've give the cafe back half a star for having a few local-craft-brews available to drink. In conclusion, you really cannot go wrong here, and if you wish, feel free to pack your own lunch.
Cheers, and May the force be with you . . . !!!
P.S. Parking is $5 in their lot. They used to give a members discount but that is no longer the case (sad face). TIP: Bring your ticket inside and use the automated machine to validate your parking immediately when you come in, and then you don't have to wait in line at the end of the day when everyone else is leaving at the same time.
I love the Science Center, even as an adult! They have so much to offer and frequently rotate their exhibits to keep people coming back!
Each floor is designated to a different area of science, and there are countless things to explore. One of my favorite exhibits is the Miniature Railroad and Village. This is a tiny replica of Pittsburgh, displaying the history and changes that have occurred over the years. The display is shown in various lighting to mimic the time of day and to provide an all around immersive experience in the replica.
The Science Center hosts 21+ nights on a regular basis that provides adults and parents alike the opportunity to explore and engage with the exhibits without the addition of small children. This gives it a completely different vibe, especially when they have one such as the history of body art and they tattoo on the third floor! Such a fun experience.
If you have a daughter or son who digs science, math, space or anatomy this is the Perfect place! If you are a kid living in an adult body and love any of that, this is the prefect place! Lol. They also have a fantastic 3D theater for film and special nature, science, and concert film designed for imax that you can't find somewhere Else. Their robotics, Miniature railroad village, real space station, and anatomy exhibitions are really great. When I was there in March, the exhibitions from Pittsburgh high school classes was unreal as well. Impressive advanced science and math being taught these days.
The Carnegie Science Center is simply terrific! A wonder of various STEM based exhibits and hands on displays will tickle the imagination and curiosity of kids of all sges. The range of technologies available for a young mind to examine and explore, coupled with enthusiastic staff helping to explain as well as ensure safety, this gem on the river would be difficult to improve on. Where else can you casually stroll through a submarine after having a quick look at life on a spacecraft. Then stop at the Omni-Max theater for a fascinating movie on...well, it really could be anything! Head over to the sports complex to zip line by the rafters, play some hockey, and run a race! Topped off with a super cafeteria to fuel your fun, the CSC also has a nice gift shop with a large range of offerings to fit any budget. Take your kids here at least once in their young lives, and then again, and again and again. Marvelous!
We just had the Girl Scout sleepover and let me tell you we slept in the robot exhibit and it was awesome! The staff was very friendly, we had two that thought they were above everyone else up in the toddler zone on the fourth floor but aside from that they were great. They ran a great program for the girls and didn't miss a beat! We were still able to hang all day even after our event was over and walk through the submarine! It was so much fun! Worth the travel!