TECH TOURS GO BEHIND THE SCENES OF A REAL COLD WAR-ERA SUBMARINE
PITTSBURGH, June 16, 2014 — On select Sunday mornings this summer, Carnegie Science Center will offer visitors the chance to go behind the scenes of USS Requin, a Cold War-era submarine docked along the Ohio River, and to tour areas rarely seen by the general public.
Requin behind-the-scenes “Tech Tours” will take place from 9-11:30 am on June 29; July 13 & 27; Aug. 10 & 31; and Sept. 14. During tours led by a submarine veteran and Science Center staff, visitors will learn how Requin crew faced challenges and life underwater. It’s a special chance to explore un-restored compartments, climb into the conning tower, and 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.
Because of the submarine’s structure, Requin Tech Tours require full mobility, and tour size is limited to 12 people. Participants must be age 15 and older. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Advance registration is required. Call 412.237.1637 to register.
Visitors wishing to go on a self-guided tour of USS Requin are welcome to do so daily from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Self-guided tours of the submarine are included with general admission to the Science Center; admission to the submarine is $5 for walk-ups who have not purchased Science Center admission.
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.