Special Event Rentals

Birthday Parties

Book Your Next Event Here!

Want your next meeting or event to be... well, special? Then don't go to the same old location. Go to the edges of the universe! Align your molecules at a place where atmosphere, energy, exploration, and just plain fun collide.

If you want to make a splash (or a boom!) for your next event, think Carnegie Science Center. Our North Shore location offers magnificent city views, convenient parking, awesome exhibits, and cool ideas for truly original events.

Our special events and catering team will help you create an event that's unique, memorable, and affordable.

Call Sara DeMary at 412.237.3431 or e-mail DeMaryS@carnegiesciencecenter.org to see our space. Or check out our pricing!

Call Melissa Schindler at 412.237.3422 or SchindlerM@CarnegieMuseums.org to start planning your menu. “As one of Pittsburgh’s top caterers, Parkhurst Event Catering strongly believes in farm-fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, served in season and prepared from scratch. Our high standards and impeccable reputation have earned us Pittsburgh Magazine 2012 Reader’s Poll award for “Best Catering Services”.

* Group Admission can be added on to any daytime room rental. Please see the Group Admissions page for pricing.

* Parking is directly in front of our building! Your guests can pay on their own or you can host it for them.

* All Event Rentals include: Basic A/V, Tables/Chairs, Security, Custodial Services and Event Supervision

Below is a list of our event spaces:

Main Lobby

  • Accommodates: 200 seated, 150 seated with buffet or dance floor, 300 cocktails
  • Views of the city and rivers; Includes 2 adjacent exhibits
  • Corporate Dinners, Holiday Parties, Wedding Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners, Fundraising Galas, Social Events

Science Stage - 1st Floor

  • Accommodates: 300 seated
  • Theater style seating; equipped with a/v such as a podium/microphone, large screen, projector, theater lighting and much more!
  • Perfect for large presentations or award ceremonies

Omnimax Lobby - Ground Floor

  • Accommodates: 120 seated, 80 seated with buffet or dance floor, 200 cocktails
  • Have dinner or a reception in this scenic lobby with views the city, Point State Park and Three Rivers. End the night with a private IMAX® film.
  • Corporate Dinners, Holiday Parties, Wedding Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners, Fundraising Galas, Social Events

Rangos Omnimax Theater - Ground Floor

  • Accommodates: 320 seated
  • The Rangos Omnimax Theater, a four-story, state-of-the-art IMAX® dome theater; It's the biggest screen, and the only dome screen, in the Pittsburgh region. Treat your group to a private show and choose from our library of films; Each film is 45 minutes; Concession stand can stay open for your guests to enjoy popcorn and snacks.

Riverview Café - Ground Floor

  • Accommodates: 150 seated, 120 seated with a dance floor; 200 cocktails
  • With a breathtaking view of Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers and the Point, our open Cafe provides an intimate setting for you and your guests. Adjacent from the Café is our Group Services Lobby. This extra space can be used for a buffet, bar and dancing OR add on the café terrace for cocktails and dancing under the stars!
  • Corporate Events, Wedding Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners, Company Picnics, Social Events, Holiday Parties.

Café Terrace - Ground Floor

  • Accommodates: 100 seated; 200 cocktails
  • With spectacular city views and located right on the water, this space will add elegance to any event. This area is perfect for outside cocktail receptions. What is better than being on the rivers with a view of the city skyline?! Our café is on the other side of the glass windows and can be used as a rain plan.
  • Corporate Receptions, Wedding Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners, Social Events, Birthday Parties.

Riverside Lawn

  • Accommodates: 350 seated, 500 cocktails
  • Another spot with an amazing view of the city. Our lawn is located right along the river. You can’t beat the view! This is a perfect area for a large outdoor reception or company picnic. A tent rental is not included.
  • Company or Family Picnics, Wedding Receptions, Social Events. Rent this out during the day and add on group admission for your company or family picnic.

Second Floor Exhibit Area

  • Accommodates: 50 seated, 150 cocktails.
  • Explore the world's largest permanent robotics exhibition, roboworld and take a walking tour of western Pennsylvania at the world-renowned Miniature Railroad & Village®.
  • Corporate Receptions, Holiday Parties, Rehearsal Dinners, Fundraising Galas, Social Events.

Buhl Planetarium - Second Floor

  • Accommodates: 146 seated
  • This high-definition, full-dome experience will take you to the far reaches of the galaxy.
  • Bring a group in for a just a show or add one onto your special event. Choose from our daily schedule or from our library of Planetarium and Laser Shows.

Overlook Room - 3rd Floor

  • Accommodates: 50 seated, 70 cocktails
  • Another great view of the city from this circular room; Rent just the Overlook Room during the day or the entire 3rd Floor in the evening. This floor includes Seascape.
  • Meeting Space, Small Corporate Dinners, Holiday Parties, Rehearsal Dinners, Birthday Parties

Works Theater and 4th Floor Exhibits

  • Accommodates: 100 seated, 200 cocktails
  • We can mix up cool cocktails with liquid nitrogen, fog up your atmosphere and fire up the Van de Graff generator to literally make your hair stand on end. Includes Exploration Station & Exploration Station Jr.
  • Corporate Dinners, Holiday Parties, Wedding Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners, Social Events, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Birthday Parties

5th Floor Balcony

  • Accommodates: 50 seated, 100 cocktails
  • Our 5th floor balcony and observatory is equipped with a high powered telescope for your guests to gaze at distant galaxies. Perfect way to end an evening under the stars or watch the boats pass during the day!

Highmark SportsWorks®

  • Accommodates: 90 seated, 300 cocktails
  • Highmark SportsWorks® offers nearly 30 interactive experiences in three thematic areas: LifeWorks, Physics of Sports, and Sports Challenge.
  • Not only is this fun for children but adults as well. Climb the 24 foot Rock Wall, find out how fast you can throw a baseball or jump on the trampoline, Bounce! Ask about our Team Building Activities.
  • Corporate Receptions, Meetings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Birthday Parties, Fundraisers etc.


  • Accommodates: 80 seated with stools & chairs; 40 seat with round tables
  • Book a live demonstration for your group and explore nutrition, healthy lifestyle choices, physical fitness, anatomy, and medical technology.
  • Each demonstration is about 30 minutes. Please see our BodyStage page for a list of shows.

Full Building

Why not rent the entire Main Building?! Includes all floors, all our interactive exhibits and even add on a few shows and demonstrations! The sky is the limit with a Full Building rental! Please call Sara for some fun ideas and pricing.


Meeting Spaces

  • Overlook Room - Seats 50
  • Main Building Classrooms - (1 & 2- Seats 40 and 4 & 5- Seats 40)
  • Bayer Science Stage - Seats 300 (Theater Style Seating)
  • Sportsworks Classrooms - Seats 90