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Your place to go during the holidays!

Merry and BRIGHT fun awaits!

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 your holiday headquarters for family experiences this season!

Fast track your cherished holiday traditions and see your favorite models in the Miniature Railroad & Village®, including Kaufmann’s and Primanti’s and this year’s new model, Gus and Yiayia’s ice ball cart. 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. Discover 2,000-year-old artifacts inside a unique Roman villa by taking a trip to POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION.

Merry and bright fun awaits at the Science Center!

Miniature Railroad & Village®

Miniature Railroad & Village®

Now Open! See the NEW models!

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!

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!



Members save big on tickets!

Travel back in time to 79 A.D. to learn how the people of Pompeii lived, and even experience our 4D Eruption Theater for yourself. It’s a great holiday outing for the whole family!

The Polar Express 3D

The Polar Express 3D

Dec. 10, 11 (Sold Out!), 17, 18 (Sold Out!), 20, 21, 22, 23
5:30 pm

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.

Polar PJ Parties

Polar PJ Parties

Date: Sat., Dec. 4 and Sat., Dec. 11

It’s a holiday tradition like no other! Keep the kids in their PJ’s for a family fun-filled event topped off with a showing of The Polar Express in 3D.

Rocky Mountain Express

Rocky Mountain Express

Embark on the ultimate steam-powered adventure in The Rangos Giant Cinema!

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

VOLCANOES: The Fires of Creation

VOLCANOES: The Fires of Creation

A tale of science, culture, and thrilling adventure in The Rangos Giant Cinema!

Dodge boulders at the edge of an active volcano in Indonesia, descend to a lava lake in Vanuatu, and visit incredible acid ponds, geysers, and mineral deposit fields in Ethiopia.



Looking for unique holiday gifts this season?

Save BIG with our special discount days online and in-store!

18+ Night: Solstice Party

18+ Night: Solstice Party

Fri., Dec. 17
6–10 pm

Get ready for the longest night of the year with a party under the stars. Learn all about the winter solstice with a special show in Buhl Planetarium and enjoy live music.

Holiday Camps

Holiday Camps

Dec. 27–30

Give the gift of a Holiday Camp experience!

Locomotion Weekend

Locomotion Weekend

Jan. 15–16, 2022

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

Buy a Gift Certificate!

Buy a Gift Certificate!

Gift certificates can be used to purchase membership, general admission, POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION tickets, summer camps, classes, laser show tickets, and more!

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.