Fun for the whole galaxy: Carnegie Science Center announces Summer of Space



Humanity’s greatest adventure will serve as the launch pad for Carnegie Science Center’s summertime programming as Pittsburgh’s most-visited museum honors the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic lunar landing. Summer of Space includes astronomy events, a new educational documentary, weekly museum activities, and an adults-only evening, all designed to celebrate the moment man walked on the Moon.

Sending this summer of fun into orbit is the premiere of Apollo 11: First Steps Edition. Opening Fri., May 17, this new, immersive film transports you to the center of the exhilarating final moments of preparation, liftoff, and the first human steps on the Moon with stunning 70mm footage and audio recordings. Apollo 11: First Steps Edition is a special giant screen version, made exclusively for science centers and museum theaters, of Todd Miller’s critically-acclaimed theatrical documentary Apollo 11. It’s one giant leap on one giant screen. Tickets are on sale now.

Just as the Apollo 11 mission employed a multi-step approach to learning more about the world beyond Earth, so too does the Science Center’s lineup of activities. Summer of Space has something for every age group and learning style, from new interactive exhibits and hands-on observation, to lectures and storytelling.

Sun, Earth, Universe

  • New exhibition slated for mid-June opening
  • Included in general admission
  • Packed with engaging, hands-on interactive exhibits and dazzling imagery, this 600-square-foot exhibition will connect visitors with current NASA science research and launch them on a journey to explore the universe! How is Earth changing? What is it like on other planets? Does life exist beyond Earth? What’s happening on the Sun, and how does it affect us? Sun, Earth, Universe is a new exhibition about our planet, the solar system, and the universe, and the big questions NASA is trying to answer about each. The Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition was created by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) in collaboration with NASA.

Fly Me to the Moon

  • A new Buhl Planetarium production
  • Premieres Mon., July 1
  • Included in general admission
  • Rocket to the Moon in a brand-new Buhl Planetarium show! Celebrate Neil Armstrong’s one small step onto the lunar surface and learn about the Pittsburghers who helped make this giant leap possible. Join our Mission Control team and play a part in this interactive voyage to the Moon. Then blast off with the Saturn V rocket, and marvel at the lunar landscape from orbit. Check our online calendar for a schedule of showings.

18+ Apollo Moonshot Celebration

  • Fri., July 19
  • 7 pm–1 am
  • $50 | Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members receive a 10% discount
  • An evening of discovery and astronomy fun for adults 18+! Stargaze using our research-grade telescopes, groove to tunes from 1969 in PointView Hall, see Apollo 11: First Steps Edition at The Rangos Giant Cinema, and hear from Astrophysicist and Chief Scientist at Center of Science and Industry Paul Sutter and Chief Historian at the Heinz History Center Anne Madarasz about the history behind this giant leap for mankind.

Space Out! Astronomy Weekend

  • Sat.–Sun., July 20–21
  • Included in general admission
  • Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic mission to the Moon and discover the latest achievements in lunar science. Blast off with interactive activities, telescope viewing, and space-themed presentations.


  • Fri., June 7
  • Tues., July 16 – Gaze at a Full Moon!
  • Tues., Aug. 13 – See the dazzling Perseid meteor shower!
  • Chat with our astronomy experts and enjoy a virtual tour of the night sky in Buhl Planetarium. Weather permitting, visit our rooftop Buhl Observatory telescope for a view of the real stars over Pittsburgh. SkyWatch happens rain or shine. Sessions are offered at 8 and 10 pm.

Solar Sundays

  • Sundays, June 23–Aug. 25
  • 10 am–2 pm
  • Safely observe our friendly neighborhood star with solar telescopes and sun funnels. Chat with our astronomy educators about solar science. Solar observing will happen every Sunday during the summer, weather permitting, at the main entrance to Carnegie Science Center.

Moon Mondays

  • Mondays, June 24–Aug. 26
  • 11 am
  • Early learners and their grown-ups will enjoy special presentations of Moon-themed stories in the planetarium, under a full Moon and starry sky in the planetarium! Join us for storytime on Mondays throughout the summer at 11 am.

For more information, contact Manager of Marketing, Public Relations, and Social Media Nicole Chynoweth at 412.237.1537 or


About Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.

Accessibility: Features for All

Carnegie Science Center welcomes all visitors. We work to assist visitors with disabilities in obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, and in supporting equal access to services, programs, and activities. We welcome visitors in wheelchairs on the deck of our USS Requin (SS 481) submarine. Below-deck visits require full mobility. Hearing assistance devices are available for The Rangos Giant Cinema. Please ask when you buy your ticket.‚Äč

Please note that requests for accommodations should be made at least two weeks prior to your visit. For specific questions about wheelchairs, strollers, or other programmatic or equipment needs, see the ticket counter located on the first floor of the main building or contact the Operations Department at 412.237.1641 or

About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Established in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. In 2017, the museums reached more than 1.4 million people through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.








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