Tours and Workshops

Local tour guides make 125 years of Big Steel come alive on tours. See how the steel industry played a major role in shaping not only the economy but also the culture and environment of the Monongahela Valley communities. 


Carrie Furnaces Industrial Tour

Group tour in deer head plazaDeclared a National Historic Landmark in 2006, Carrie, as it is affectionately known, entices visitors to marvel at the scale and legacy of its industrial might. The guided Industrial Tour highlights the drama of the iron-making process - from the movement of raw materials to the tapping of the furnaces producing fiery molten iron - while sharing the stories of the site's technology, its workers and their culture. Allow two hours for your tour. 

Tour space is limited. Advance purchase is recommended. Tour content is recommended for ages 8+.

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/workshop is outdoors. Heels and/or open-toed shoes are not permitted. At this time the site is not wheelchair accessible.  

Carrie Blast Furnace Tours are offered May - October. The site is closed at all other times.  

Purchase Industrial Tour Tickets - The first available tour will display when you open this page. For additional dates/time, please click "Other dates" or "Other times." By purchasing a ticket for a tour or event at the Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver

Location:

The entrance to Carrie Furnaces is located at Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin, PA 15104. Please note that this may not be recognized by your GPS or online mapping programs. On Google Maps, search for "Rivers of Steel: Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark" or use the following GPS coordinates 40.414351, -79.887772  (40°24'51.7"N 79°53'16.0"W)  

Parking:

Free parking is available onsite.


Carrie Furnaces Arts and Grounds Tour

While production may have stopped on the site in 1982, the era of Carrie as an artistic muse was just beginning. Today, Rivers of Steel creates opportunities to experience the site from post-industrial perspective, revealing how guerilla artists, urban explorers, and later curators, installation artists and even landscape designers have made creative use of a communal space. This specialty tour includes areas of the site that are not included in the Industrial Tour, including an introduction to the Iron Garden Walk.  Allow two hours for your tour.

Purchase Arts and Grounds Tour Tickets - The first available tour will display when you open this page. For additional dates/time, please click "Other dates" or "Other times." By purchasing a ticket for a tour or event at the Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver

Location:

The entrance to Carrie Furnaces is located at Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin, PA 15104. Please note that this may not be recognized by your GPS or online mapping programs. On Google Maps, search for "Rivers of Steel: Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark" or use the following GPS coordinates 40.414351, -79.887772  (40°24'51.7"N 79°53'16.0"W)  

Parking:

Free parking is available onsite.

 

Carrie Furnaces Iron Garden Walk Tour

Discover a dense variety of ecological growth on this 35-acre site in this botanist-led tour. Learn about Rivers of Steel's "addition by reduction" approach to working the whild gardens and grounds that share this post-industrial landscape. Allow two hours for your tour.

Purchase Iron Garden Walk Tour Tickets - The first available tour will display when you open this page. For additional dates/time, please click "Other dates" or "Other times." By purchasing a ticket for a tour or event at the Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver

Location:

The entrance to Carrie Furnaces is located at Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin, PA 15104. Please note that this may not be recognized by your GPS or online mapping programs. On Google Maps, search for "Rivers of Steel: Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark" or use the following GPS coordinates 40.414351, -79.887772  (40°24'51.7"N 79°53'16.0"W)  

Parking:

Free parking is available onsite.

 


PGH 101: An Intro to Innovation

Get onboard Pittsburgh's newest sightseeing tour and explore the region's legacy of innovation. Known as a modern tech and robotics hub, the 'Burgh has been on the vanguard of industrial revolution for over 250 years! During this meticulously researched 90-minute tour, you'll discover how Pittsburgh's challenging landscape, its wealth of natural resources, and the character of its residents and workers have shaped neighborhoods and industries - creating the dynamic city it is today! All the while, you'll be taking in the beauty of the skyline and riverbanks! Proceeds from PGH 101 help to underwrite student STEM education programs on the riverboat.

Tour space is limited. Advance purchase is recommended. Kids of all ages are welcome to enjoy the cruise, and there is no charge for the littlest ones in strollers. Tour content is recommended for ages 8+.  

Purchase PGH 101 Tickets- The first available tour will display when you open this page. For additional dates/time, please click "Other dates" or "Other times."


Location:

The Explorer riverboat docks on Pittsburgh's North Shore at the Rivers of Steel Dock, near the headwaters of the Ohio River and adjacent to the Carnegie Science Center.  

On Google Maps you can search for "Rivers of Steel: Explorer Riverboat" - or use the following GPS coordinates: 40.445918, -80.019547 (40°26'45.3"N 80°01'10.4"W).

Click here for maps and directions. 

Parking:

Parking is available at the Carnegie Science Center's paid parking lots. Please review their parking information herehttp://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/visit/parking. The directions below lead you to enter their main lot from a secondary entrance, located on an unnamed road off of Casino Drive, as this is the closest and most direct entrance to Explorer. Paystations are located in the lobby of the Carnegie Science Center and in the Science Center’s North Lot. The North Lot is also accessible from Casino Drive. Guests who are visiting Explorer after the Carnegie Science Center is closed may find the North Lot more convenient because of the proximity to that paystation.


Science Saturdays for Families

Avoid the summer brain drain - round up the family and embark on a Science Saturday excursion on our 94-foot green riverboat classroom! On the second Saturday of June, July, and August, Rivers of Steel's educators invite families to join them for interactive, hands-on workshops that explore our rivers' ecosystems. Each month highlights a different theme, including watersheds, adaptations and aquatic habitats!

June 8: Watersheds!
Join us for hands-on activities and learn about Pittsburgh's place in the Ohio River Basin. Explore the difference beteen piont versus non-point source pollution and the relationship between watersheds and water quality.

July 13: Adaptations
Rivers can be a challenging place to live. Join Rivers of Steel to learn about the strange and unique adaptations of some of the native fish and macroinvertebrates who call the three rivers their home. Examine the feet and beak shapes of native waterfowl who rely on river organisms for food.

August 10: Aquatic Habitats
River habitats can vary from cold mountain streams to warm, wide rivers that allow for boat navigation. Learn about the river types and which fish prefer mountain streams and which can be found in larger rivers. Investigate the rivers photic zone and discover the creatures that live there. 

Purchase Science Saturdays for Families Tickets  - The first available tour will display when you open this page. For additional dates/time, please click "Other dates" or "Other times."

Location:

The Explorer riverboat docks on Pittsburgh's North Shore at the Rivers of Steel Dock, near the headwaters of the Ohio River and adjacent to the Carnegie Science Center.  

On Google Maps you can search for "Rivers of Steel: Explorer Riverboat" - or use the following GPS coordinates: 40.445918, -80.019547 (40°26'45.3"N 80°01'10.4"W).

Click here for maps and directions. 

Parking:

Parking is available at the Carnegie Science Center's paid parking lots. Please review their parking information herehttp://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/visit/parking. The directions below lead you to enter their main lot from a secondary entrance, located on an unnamed road off of Casino Drive, as this is the closest and most direct entrance to Explorer. Paystations are located in the lobby of the Carnegie Science Center and in the Science Center’s North Lot. The North Lot is also accessible from Casino Drive. Guests who are visiting Explorer after the Carnegie Science Center is closed may find the North Lot more convenient because of the proximity to that paystation.


Workshops and Photo Safaris

Select one of the following workshops for information:


Photo Safaris

Metal Arts Workshops

Urban Art Workshops

 

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