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The Science Behind PIXAR - Now open. Let your imagination FLY!
The Science Behind PIXAR - Now open. Let your imagination FLY!

The Science Behind Pixar

Now Open!
May 25, 2024–Jan. 5, 2025

Welcome to #PIXARburgh!

Step into the world of Pixar in this blockbuster exhibition with Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Mike and Sulley, Nemo and Dory, and all your favorite Pixar characters!

Dive into the minds of the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen. Go behind the scenes with The Science Behind Pixar exhibition as you replicate Pixar magic using science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through more than 50 interactive and hands-on displays.

Flex your STEM muscles by taking on fun challenges filled with STEM concepts throughout the two-story, 12,000-square-foot playground:

Jessie from Toy Story
Peer into Jessie’s mind from Toy Story 2 while manipulating her facial expressions by moving sliders.
WALL•E
Create a robot friend for WALL•E by utilizing magnetic body parts.
Lightning McQueen
Head to Ramone’s “House of Body Art” from Cars and virtually change the appearance of a car hood.
Ants from A Bug's Life carrying food
Explore a large re-creation of a set from A Bug’s Life from different perspectives.
Marlin and Dory
Channel your inner Mr. Ray from Finding Nemo while directing a school of fish.
Girl with the Pixar Lamp
Create a stop-motion movie by moving the iconic jumping Pixar lamp across a curved track.
Jessie from Toy Story
Peer into Jessie’s mind from Toy Story 2 while manipulating her facial expressions by moving sliders.
Lightning McQueen
Head to Ramone’s “House of Body Art” from Cars and virtually change the appearance of a car hood.
Marlin and Dory
Channel your inner Mr. Ray from Finding Nemo while directing a school of fish.
WALL•E
Create a robot friend for WALL•E by utilizing magnetic body parts.
Ants from A Bug's Life carrying food
Explore a large re-creation of a set from A Bug’s Life from different perspectives.
Girl with the Pixar Lamp
Create a stop-motion movie by moving the iconic jumping Pixar lamp across a curved track.

Plus, your selfies are about to get an animated upgrade! Strike a pose with life size re-creations of Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story, Mike and Sulley from Monsters University, Dory from Finding Nemo, Edna Mode from The Incredibles, and WALL•E from WALL•E.

Get ready for a thrilling, interactive, and informative experience with The Science Behind Pixar at Carnegie Science Center! Whether you’re booking a Pixar field trip, planning a family trip, or revisiting your favorite Pixar movies and characters, you’re in for a totally good time. Adventure awaits in The Science Behind Pixar exhibition in Pittsburgh, a short drive from Cleveland, Ohio!

Little boy with Buzz Lightyear
Mom and son with Edna Mode
Woman with Wall•E
Family with Mike and Sulley

Pair your exhibition with extra Pixar magic!

  • Find miniature Pixar figures in the iconic Miniature Railroad & Village®
  • Spot Nemo hidden throughout the USS Requin submarine tour
  • Catch screenings of the 1995 fan-favorite Toy Story and its sequels on Tuesdays over the summer
  • See various Pixar movies in The Rangos Giant Cinema every weekend
  • Singalong to Laser Movie Magic under the Buhl Planetarium dome
  • Check back for an 18+ sensory-sensitive Pixar event this summer
  • Coming soon: Join us in September for 21+ Night: The Science Behind Pixar

Visitor FAQ

How much do tickets cost?

Advance purchase of timed tickets is recommended.

$15 for all Members

Nonmember Adult: $22
Nonmember Senior (65+): $20
Nonmember Child (3–12 years): $18

The Science Behind Pixar + Carnegie Science Center General Admission – Save up to $7!

Nonmember Adult: $40
Nonmember Senior (65+): $35
Nonmember Child (3–12): $30

Do groups receive discounts?

Yes! Carnegie Science Center is now accepting group reservations for The Science Behind Pixar. Groups of 15 or more people receive a discount on The Science Behind Pixar when they book their visit at least two weeks in advance. Call 412.237.3400 to book a group visit today. Explore The Science Behind Pixar Educator Guide to support your group before and after a visit!

The Science Behind Pixar tickets:

Group (15+) – $13

The Science Behind Pixar + Carnegie Science Center Group Admission:

Weekday group – $23

Weekend group – $26

What age is this exhibition appropriate for?

We recommend the exhibition to children ages 5+; however, every child is different. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask any of our team members.

How long does it take to tour the exhibition?

We recommend you allot 60–90 minutes to tour the full exhibition.

May we take photos of The Science Behind Pixar?

Yes, we encourage visitors to take photos and videos. Don’t forget to tag @kaminsciencecenter! Members of the news media must contact Sarah Reichle at ReichleS@CarnegieScienceCenter.org to arrange for a photography shoot.

When is this exhibition on display?

Sat, May 25, 2024—Sun., Jan. 5, 2025

The Science Behind Pixar is only in Pittsburgh for a limited time.

Displayed in:

PPG Science Pavilion

 

Sponsored by:

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Eat'n Park 75th Anniversary - logo

 

Produced by:

Museum of Science