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Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh

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#3 of 15 in Childrens Museums in Pennsylvania
Science Museum Museum
The most-visited museum in Pittsburgh, Carnegie Science Center features a permanent robotics collection, four floors of interactive exhibits, an IMAX theater, and a planetarium. Learn about submarines and take a behind-the-scenes tour into their compartments. Become a human yo-yo to discover kinetic energy, learn the ins-and-outs of rotational physics, and explore a replica of a space station and zero gravity. You'll find a number of educational programs and challenges for children. Check the official website for a calendar of shows and workshops. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Carnegie Science Center and many more Pittsburgh attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Pittsburgh travel itinerary maker.
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  • There's always something to be found at the science center, it isn't just for kids! My favorite exhibit has always been the USS Requiem docked just outside the center. You can self-guide through it, o...  more »
  • Kids were not so sure about this place. They were on summer break from formal education. They loved, loved this treasure. What a Pittsburgh gem. All kids need to experience this one-of-a-kind museum.  more »
  • If you've got little kids and you're a local to the Pittsburgh area bring them here. But if your tourist, unless you've got nothing like this in your home City, I don't recommend it. And for adults, t...  more »
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  • Awesome place for toddlers, little and big kids. Very hands on. More exhibitions being built so not fully operational but more than enough to keep my boys busy for hours. The submarine was a huge draw and didn't disappoint. All loved the miniature railway, changes from night to day every few minutes. We visited during a very hot Sunday, was supposed it wasn't busier. Food selection was great, cheap and very tasty! Something for picky toddlers and grown ups wanting a bit more sustenance. Staff were smiley and friendly to all.
  • We had a blast here! Wish we could have taken more time. Two hours was not nearly enough. The submarine was such a cool experience. The model train was a delight! My husband got the biggest kick out of it. So many hands on activities for the children. Sadly we didn't have time to go to sports works. Definitely recommend a visit here.
  • Once we found parking, this was an amazing museum. Very crowded the day we went, but if you stay until about 3:30/4:00 many of the summer camp youth groups start to leave. Then you can explore, hear a conversation, and actually get a turn at some of the vast array of hands on activities. Well worth a visit. $5 parking, even for members now.
  • We took a group of 30 kids from nearby Calvary Church and saw a Planetarium presentation on the Pittsburgh summer night sky. It was captivating yo the kids and the adults. It was well done. I left wanting more. Well done!
  • We recently enjoyed a day at the Science center. I have three boys - 2 teens and a 9 yo and they all had fun! The highlights were the Sports center, the robotic arm shooting hoops and the bodily noises display (I did mention I had boys, right??) The only thing we didn't care for was the film "Extreme Weather". Extreme disappointment! $45 for our family of 5 for a film with such little content was extreme. The two main themes of the film were the sad, scary state the world is in because the glaciers are melting and fires in California caused by the 10 year drought (which is over by the way! My friend showed pics of the gorgeous blooming desert hillsides last month). I was hoping that we'd learn more of how a hurricane formed and watch it's progression, hear more stories of people who survived a tornado, how animals and people survive a sand storm, and more. There was so much potential here and they missed the mark by a long shot. We LOVED the museum, but not the film. :)

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Pittsburgh's downtown area is so packed with hotels it is often possible to get top rooms here at bargain prices. Bear in mind that most visitors to Pittsburgh want to stay in this central part of town, so you do need to look for discounts early and book well in advance. If you're visiting universities or other attractions outside of Pittsburgh itself, you can find comfortable airport accommodations just west of the city. Consider also the college neighborhood of Oakland, offering some of the least expensive rooms in Pittsburgh.
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