Rivers of Steel - Rust Belt Food Tour
Rivers of Steel - Exhibition of Work by Georgi Tsenov
Rivers of Steel - Great Expectations

Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour

May 29 at 12:30 PM and 1:00 PM

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area is operating guided tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces.

Constructed in 1906, Carrie Furnaces 6 and 7 stood at the heart of U.S. Steel's Homestead Works until 1979. At one time, the furnaces and the steelworkers who labored in them produced more than 1,000 tons of iron a day. Now these 92-foot-tall structures stand as sentinels to Pittsburgh's steel heritage. 

On this tour, a Rivers of Steel tour guide will lead visitors through the iron-making process, sharing the story of the site's technology, workers, and culture from it's heyday to the post-industrial present.

Allow 2 hours.  Recommended for ages 8+

Guided tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces are offered:

May through October
     Saturdays at 10 AM and 11 AM (except May 28)
     Sundays at 1 PM

June through August
     Fridays at 10 AM

The site is closed at all other times.

Advance      Door*
Child (17 and under) $ 12.50 $ 17.00
Student (18+ with college ID)   $ 15.00 $ 20.00
Senior (62 and above) $ 15.00 $ 20.00
General Admission $ 19.00 $ 25.00


*Tours are limited to 25 participants. We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance as we can not guarantee tickets will be available for walk ups. 


Private group tours and photographic opportunities are available Monday through Friday, by appointment only. Contact Stacy Drane or call 412-464-4020 ext. 32 for information.  

Please note that the Carrie Furnaces are part of a former industrial site. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather as most of the tour is outdoors. Heels and/or open-toed shoes are not permitted. At this time the site is not wheelchair accessible.

Plese enter the site via Carrie Furnace Boulevard from Kenmawr Avenue, just off the Rankin Bridge.

Directions to Carrie Furnaces

Rust Belt Food Tour

May 28 at 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

A Rust Belt Culinary Tour!

In the early 1900s, The Steel Valley of Homestead, Munhall, and Braddock was home to immigrants from around the globe. These thriving towns, once dotted with retail shops, bakeries, backdoor gardens and many a beer hall, fell silent in the '80s when the mills closed, but now are a part of the Pittsburgh-area renaissance. Guests will visit a renovated church hall, a modernized mill bar, and other revamped treasures of the still gritty mill towns to savor culinary delights that reflect the region’s rich heritage as well as its now trendy rustbelt cuisine! This 4-hour shuttled culinary tour provides more than enough food for a meal plus other surprises! Brew stops include Braddock's Brew Gentlemen and Blue Dust Gastropub!

2016 tour dates:

April 16, May 7, May 28, June 11, 
July 9, August 27, September 17,
October 8, October 27,
November 12, December 10

For tickets and additional information, visit http://www.pghtoursandmore.net/Rust-Belt-Food-Tour.html

A portion of the proceeds benefits Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.


Exhibition of Work by Georgi Tsenov

May 11 at Hours vary now through May 22

April 23 through May 22, 2016

The BMNECC is showcasing an exhibit of oil paintings by renowned Bulgarian painter Georgi Tsenov. All of his work is available for purchase.

Please see the schedule below for exhibit hours. Viewing can also be arranged by appointment.

Mr. Tsenov studied at the National School of Fine Arts “Iliya Petrov” and holds a Master of Arts degree from Sofia University in Bulgaria. He has participated in over 70 juried exhibitions and biennials in Bulgaria, the European Union, and the United States.

Click here for the artist’s statement

Exhibit hours:

April 23:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
April 24: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
April 25:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
April 30:  9:00 am – 7:00 pm
May 1:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 2:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
May 6:  7:30 pm – 10:00 pm – reception
May 7:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
May 8:  9:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 9:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
May 14:  9:00 am –6:00 pm
May 15:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 16:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
May 21:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
May 22:  10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Bulgarian-Macedonian Center
449 W. 8th Avenue
West Homestead, PA

Great Expectations

March 17 at 5:00 PM Opening Reception

There is great expectation in the promise and energy held within a bud or a seed, and phases of this continuous cycle of plant development are beautifully illustrated with collection items. Artworks by 36 historical and contemporary artists illustrate their individual observations of intriguing moments of developing stages that may occur over a period of months or even years. 


The opening reception on 17 March (5–7 p.m.) is open to the public. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. the curators will give an introduction to the exhibition.


The exhibition will be on display on the 5th floor of the Hunt Library building at Carnegie Mellon University and will be open to the public free of charge.
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m.;
Sunday, 1–4 p.m. (except 25–27 March, 1 May and 29–30 May).
Because our hours of operation are occasionally subject to change, please call or email before your visit to confirm.

For further information, contact the Hunt Institute at 412-268-2434.


A tour of the landscape around the Carrie Furnaces in Rankin, PA, will be held on Saturday, 21 May, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. "The Iron Garden: History and ecology of the Carrie Furnaces" focuses on the diverse, successional plant communities of the site and how human history shapes our urban environments. It will be led by Dr. Anna Johnson, ecological researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, in conjunction with Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area staff. The tour will focus also on the making of the Iron Garden plaques, for which the Hunt Institute provided images. These cast iron plaques were placed throughout the site in 2015 as part of a collaboration among artists, Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and the Penn State Master Gardeners to highlight the diverse plant life that has recolonized after the furnaces closed. A staff member from Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area will also provide historical context of the site during the tour. Please contact Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area (412-464-4020; info@riversofsteel.com; https://www.riversofsteel.com) for more information and to purchase a ticket ($15). Sign up as soon as possible because tour group size is capped at 25 people.


Our annual Open House on Sunday, 26 June (1:00–4:30 p.m.) will include the talk "Forward into the past: The past, present and future of Carrie Furnaces" (1:30–2:30 p.m.) by Ronald A. Baraff, director of Historic Resources and Facilities, Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, in which he will discuss how the arts, nature, preservation and aesthetics interplay with the historic at the Carrie Furnaces. Following the talk will be tours of the Great Expectations exhibition and the reading room (2:30–4:00 p.m.). This event is free and open to the public.

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
5th Floor, Hunt Library
Carnegie Mellon University
4909 Frew Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 



160-inch Mill

160-Inch Mill
The Homestead Works 160-inch Mill was one of the largest plate mills in the U.S.