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Carnegie Science Center celebrates 30 years of innovation

PITTSBURGH — College students, adults and 1990s enthusiasts 18 and older are invited to Carnegie Science Center on Oct. 22 for 18+ Night: Dirty 30.The adults-only night features live music, retro video gaming and themed shows.

From 6 p.m. to 10 pm, visitors can relive some of the greatest science demonstrations from 1991 with liquid nitrogen and the electric Science Center show featuring a million-volt Tesla coil.

Activities inspired by the top video games, movies and sports moments of 1991 will be highlighted — including retro gaming with Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, and Turbografx 16 consoles. Visitors can request their top 1990s tracks, as the My So-called 90s Band will play a special unplugged, all request ’90s show.

For an extra charge, guests can attend the “That 90s Laser Show” in Buhl Planetarium.

The special themed night comes on the heels of Carnegie Science Center’s 30th anniversary.

For 30 years, science center has delighted, educated and inspired visitors by connecting science and technology with everyday life – through interactive exhibits, field trips, summer camps, outreach programs and more.

To continue the celebration, the center is asking visitors to share their best memory – whether it came from the Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science or through an experience at the science center.

Special memories can be e-mailed to Memories@CarnegieScienceCenter.org and will be featured in a special e-newsletter and social media posts from the science center.

Tickets for 18+ Night: Dirty 30 are $18 for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members and $20 for nonmembers if purchased in advance online.

Tickets at the door will be limited and will cost $22.50 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

Food and beverage are available for purchase in the RiverView Cafe.

Proper identification must be presented for all alcohol purchases.

To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant in areas with substantial and high transmission, the science center requires all visitors and staff at the event — vaccinated and unvaccinated — to wear masks while indoors.

An additional 18-and-older event is scheduled at science center for the fall — 18+ Night: Team Design Challenge on Nov. 19 will celebrate friendsgiving with an engineering twist. Tickets are available online.

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