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+.

ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE 

Until August 26, 2019, the Explorer will not be able to accommodate wheelchairs. There is a construction project on a lock and dam that will significantly lower the water level where Explorer docks,. During that time passengers will have to take one step down onto the boat's deck. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Carrie Furnaces Industrial Tour

Declared a National Historic Landmark in 2006, Carrie, as it's affectionately known, entices visitors to marvel at the scale and legacy of its industrial might. This guided tour highlights the drama of the iron-making process while sharing the stories of the sites technology, its workers and their culture.

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website

Carrie Furnaces Photo Safari

Photo safaris are appropriate for both novice and experienced photographers alike craving an "open" shooting experience with very little interruption, guidance or interference. Take your time and line up the perfect image of the historic Carrie Furnaces!

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website.

Fall on the Mon: Riverboat Photo Safari

Don't miss your chance to explore Pittsburgh's iconic Monongahela River Valley in peak fall colors! Capture views of the region's beautiful rolling hills and river towns along the mighty Monongahela.

Graffiti & Style-writing Workshop

In this unique workshop in aerosol painting at Carrie Furnaces, participants will get hands-on experience with style-writing, letter design and painting techniques while learning about the underground culture of graffiti, its history and how it continues to evolve as an art form. Each guest has the chance to view Rivers of Steel's unique collection of graffiti murals created by artists from around the world and design their own canvas to take home. Workshops are led by experienced urban artist Shane Pilster of 82 Concepts.

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website.

Aluminum Casting Session

This workshop is a great way to explore the metal casting process and get your feet wet. No prior experience or artistic background necessary! Take a class with a friend; create a special gift or unique piece of art. Participants will learn how to create a unique pattern from every day materials and invest this one-sided design in resin-bonded sand. Cast aluminum objects can be taken home at the end of the workshop. 

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website.

Week-long Iron Intensive

This 6-day workshop features extended shop time on site and in-depth instruction and/or assistance catered to the needs of each individual. Participants will have the chance to learn and experiment with multiple pattern-making materials and create multiple large and complex multi-part sand molds.

Prior experience/Intro to Iron Casting is recommended. Registration includes access to the Carrie Furnaces foundry daily between 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM and the ultimate experience of participating in an iron pour from a coke fired cupola - just like the historic furnaces on site!

Week-long Iron Intensive workshops include up to 500 lbs. of sand and corresponding chemical. Sand and chemical needs beyond this allotted amount are available for $.25/lb. Waste removal and foundry consumables are included in this price.

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website.

Sunset Photo Safari at Carrie Furnaces

Join Rivers of Steel Arts at dusk for unique photo safaris that explore the Carrie Furnaces in twilight. Witness the beauty and subtlety of the site as only seen through half light and capture our own piece of the drama to take home. This safari is recommended for those with prior experience shooting low-light subject matter but open to both novice and experienced photographers alike. Attendees can expect an "open" shooting experience with very little interruption, guidance or interference.

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website.

Intro to Iron Casting

Iron casting is a community workshop experience! Intro to Iron participants work with experienced Rivers of Steel teaching artists to learn the basics of foundry work and an overview of the iron casting process step by step. No prior experience necessary. This 3-day workshop covers multi-part mold and pattern design, lost wax casting, resin-bonded sand molds and iron smelting. The course results in your own unique design cast in solid iron!

Intro to Iron workshops include up to 250 lbs. of sand and corresponding chemical. Sand and chemical needs beyond this allotted amount are available for $.25/lb. Waste removal and foundry consumables are included in this price.

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website

Arts & Grounds Tour

While production may have stopped on the Carrie Furnaces site in 1982, the era of Carrie as an artistic muse was just beginning. Discover how guerrilla artists, urban explorers, and later curators, installation artists and even landscape designers have made creative use of a revered space. 

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website

Iron Garden Walk

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 wild gardens and grounds that share this post-industrial landscape. 

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website

Breaking Ground at the Carrie Blast Furnaces

Rivers of Steel Arts is excited to present documentary artist Valery Lyman's multimedia installation Breaking Ground at the Carrie Blast Furnaces for a three-night showing August 22 through 24.

Documentary artist Valery Lyman spent four years recording audio and taking photographs in the Bakken region of North Dakota (2013-2016), documenting the rise of the oil industry there and the major American migration that went along wit it. Join us as she presents this documentary material to the public in multiple points of projection directly onto the raw industrial surfaces and machinery throughout the Carrie Blast Furnaces. This examination of industrial boom and bust cycles explores how they defined our national character and migrations, while also reflecting in Pittsburgh's industrial heritage.

Breaking Ground has traveled across the country showcasing a series of site-specific photographic and sound installations. The Carrie Blast Furnaces will be the fifth location where Breaking Ground has been exhibited. Previous venues include the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum in Boston, MA; Living Arts of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK; Silo City in Buffalo, NY; and the Central Utilities Plant, MIT Campus, Cambridge, MA. After its run at the Carrie Blast Furnaces, Breaking Ground will travel to the Donovan Mill in Silver City, Nevada.

For more information on the exhibition, visit BreakingGroundExhibit.com

Festival of Combustion

Festival of Combustion - Daytime Ticket

Join Rivers of Steel in celebrating industrial arts and American craft at the Carrie Blast Furnaces. Showcasing the creativity and innovation of our region's artists, makers and builders, the day features blacksmithing and glass blowing demonstrations, along with the firing of raku ceramics and stations for welding, metal fabrication and even custom automotive work!

Headlining the demonstrations, Rivers of Steel's skilled foundry team will fire up the furnaces and smelt iron--a scaled down version of the industrial process Carrie is remembers for. Festival-goers can get involved by carving a scratch mold to be cast during the iron pour or glazing the raku-fired vases with Ton Pottery. New hands-on activities this year include Fiesta Ware Mosaics with The Ruins Project and free kids zone workshops for the little ones.

With craft beer, food trucks, live music and an artisan marketplace, you won't want to miss Rivers of Steel's biggest event of the year!

The daytime ticket is valid from 1:00 to 6:00 PM.