• Presenters in the foundry
  • We will be closed all day on Sunday, December 17.

Live Shows

Child looking up in planetarium

Shows That Bring Science To Life!

Nothing makes science come alive like seeing it happen in front of your eyes! Shows in our Live Demonstration Theaters are designed to delight and inspire visitors of all ages. From explosive reactions, to the chemistry of cooking, to the basics of biology, a live program offers the kind of science experience you can’t get anywhere else!

For Visitors

Shows are included with general admission for visitors to the Science Center. Check the calendar for today’s show schedule.

For Groups

Are you an educator planning a field trip? A camp leader looking to add something special to your visit? Shows are available for group bookings Monday through Friday. Add a show to your group admission for just $2 per person!  Group pricing is available for 15 or more people with an advance reservation. Talk with us about which shows are available on your selected date. Register early for best selection! To schedule a visit for your group, call 412.237.3410.

What Kind Of Science Do You Want To See?

Science Stage (1st Floor)
Smash, bash and crash a program on the Science Stage to conduct a symphony, build a zoo, investigate the laws of motion, or launch a rocket.

BodyStage (3rd Floor)
Do you know what’s going on inside your guts? Have you ever wondered why we have different tastes in food? In the BodyStage see shows about nutrition, food science, the systems of the body, and medical technology.

Works Theater (4th Floor)
Experience dazzling and hair-raising demonstrations in the Works Theater. Taste a frozen marshmallow or see the glow of molten metal. Our Tesla coil is a must-see attraction, offering a one-million-volt display of light and sound.