Tech tours go behind the scenes of a real cold war-era submarine
For those who like to get more “behind the scenes” when it comes to tours, there is a special treat for you. On select Sundays during the summer months, the Carnegie Science Center will be hosting special tours of the USS Requin (a Cold War-era submarine located behind the Center) to areas rarely seen by the general public.
These special “Tech Tours” take place from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and will be conducted on June 29, July 13, July 27, August 10, August 31 and September 14. The tours are conducted by submarine veterans and Science Center Staff who will instruct guests how Requin crews faced challenges of living in close quarters under the sea. The tour will take you to un-restored compartments as well as a climb into the conning tower to see the periscope.
“The Tech Tours give our visitors a unique opportunity to explore Requin and get a really in-depth look at life on a submarine,” says Patty Rogers, curator of Historic Exhibits at Carnegie Science Center. “These tours are great for everyone, from teens learning about history, science, engineering, and technology to veterans. This special program offers a rare opportunity for the public to see the conning tower or check out the periscope.”
In addition to her commitment to our local historic naval treasure, Rogers serves as President of the Historical Naval Ships Association (HNSA), an organization whose purpose is to preserve and interpret historically important naval ships around the world.
Due to the structure of the submarine, the Requin Tech tours require full mobility on the part of the guests and tour size is limed to 12 participants who must be age 15 or older. Tickets for the tour are $15.00 for members of the Science Center and $20.00 for non-members. Advance registration is required. To register, call (412) 237-1637.
Regular self guided tours of the USS Requin may be made daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are included in the price of admission to the Science Center. For those wishing to do a regular self guided tour without admission to the Science Center the cost is $5.00 to tour the submarine.
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.
About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. Annually, the museums reach more than 1.2 million people through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.