Carnegie Science Center offers Sensory Sensitive 18+ Night


Carnegie Science Center invites visitors ages 18+ who are on the autism spectrum or are affected by sensory sensitivities to explore Pittsburgh’s most-visited museum after regular hours during our Sensory Sensitive Science 18+ Night, scheduled for Sun., Nov. 17 from 6–9 pm

Exhibit lights and sound effects will be adjusted, and special activities will be added to foster a safe, welcoming, and, most of all, fun environment for all visitors. Weather permitting, head up to the Buhl Planetarium’s Observatory for stargazing. 

Visitors will enjoy sensory-friendly activities, including:

  • A “Freeze!” live demonstration in the Works Theater
  • “Tasteful Tidbits” and “Caramel Chemistry” live demonstrations in the BodyStage
  • A “Stars Over Pittsburgh” show in Buhl Planetarium
  • A quiet area will be available.
  • Cash bar and free light snacks will be provided.

Tickets cost $5 per person, or $3 per person for up to four people with a valid ACCESS card. Present card when you purchase tickets on site to receive the discount.

Visitors will also be able to purchase tickets on site to see a sensory sensitive screening of the new documentary Superpower Dogs in The Rangos Giant Cinema!

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition and the Miniature Railroad and Village® will not be open.

This program was created in partnership with the Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy, a disability justice project run by autistic people for autistic people, as well as Evolve Coaching, which provides support to individuals with disabilities and their communities through education, employment, and the arts.

As a co-host for this event, PCAA has provided training on autism competence and crisis intervention to Science Center Staff, as well as invaluable technical assistance to make this vision a reality. As an organization run by the community it serves, PCAA has shared an indispensable perspective that has allowed us to continue our work toward creating a science education space accessible to all learners.

This program is made possible with support from the Jack Buncher Foundation.

For more information and to register, visit or call 412.237.3400.


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