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If you’re looking for places to go during the holiday break, fun activities for families, or the best things to do in Pittsburgh, the Science Center is the place for family experiences this season! We are the museum for families, a great date experience for couples, and hair-raising holiday fun.

Fast track your cherished holiday traditions and see your favorite models in the Miniature Railroad & Village®, including Kaufmann’s and Primanti’s. Carnegie Science Center offers many holiday events for families. Liftoff your holiday spirits in the all-new Buhl Planetarium and be dazzled by a festive holiday laser light experience. Be transported to the North Pole via Pittsburgh’s largest cinema screen and feel as though you’re on the famous train while watching the holiday classic, The Polar Express.

Let the holiday magic unfold at the Science Center!

Mars: The Next Giant Leap

Mars: The Next Giant Leap

Open now!

Embark on a 300-million-mile journey to Mars and arrive in a Martian settlement where you will discover the many facets of space exploration.

Miniature Railroad & Village®

Miniature Railroad & Village®

Keep your holiday traditions on track with a visit to the Miniature Railroad & Village®! Spot new animations and reimagined favorite models. Explore Pittsburgh’s iconic miniature railroad at the Science Center!

The Polar Express 3D

The Polar Express 3D

Showing now through Fri., Dec. 30 on select dates

Journey beyond your imagination this holiday season at The Rangos Giant Cinema as we present The Polar Express 3D, a Christmas classic that takes moviegoers on a magical, heartwarming adventure to the North Pole.

Laser Holiday Magic

Laser Holiday Magic

Showing daily

Enjoy the magic of the holiday season with a festive laser celebration that’s perfect for the whole family. This show features traditional and contemporary versions of beloved holiday tunes. Sing along!

Train Time

Train Time

Showing through March 12

Embark on a giant screen experience in The Rangos! Take in endless breath-taking views and follow engineers, train conductors, dispatchers, roadmasters, and maintenance crews across the railroads in the United States.

Fab Lab Laser-Cut Ornament Workshop

Fab Lab Laser-Cut Ornament Workshop

Sat., Dec. 3, 10, 17
10:30 am, 12:15 pm, 1:45 pm

Create a new tradition by designing and laser-cutting your own customized ornament to take home.

XPLOR Store

XPLOR Store

Looking for unique holiday gifts this season? Save BIG with our special discount days online and in-store! Purchase a Gift Card in the XPLOR Store that can be used for gifts, programs, and admissions at all four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

Holiday Camps

Holiday Camps

Tues.–Fri., Dec. 27–30
9 am–4 pm
For ages 6–8 and 9–11

Go on a full-day festive science adventure! Explore the universe, traverse distant galaxies, become a LEGO® engineer, build robots, and more.

Locomotion Weekend

Locomotion Weekend

Sat.–Sun., Jan. 14–15, 2023

All aboard for a weekend of locomotive fun! See a rail yard full of guest train displays owned and operated by local hobbyists.

Buy an e-Gift Card!

Buy an e-Gift Card!

Gift cards can be used to purchase membership, general admission, summer camps, classes, laser show tickets, and more!

Rocky Mountain Express

Rocky Mountain Express

Sat.-Sun., Jan 14–15
Ticket sales starting soon!

From spectacular IMAX aerial cinematography to archival photographs and maps, be immersed in this remarkable story from the early age of steam-powered transportation in The Rangos Giant Cinema.

NOTICE FOR ALL BUYERS – By attending an in-person event at any of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, you and any guests agree to voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold any presenting entities, artists, and the venue; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.