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August 19, 2023

Open House at the Carrie Blast Furnaces

Saturday, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Join Rivers of Steel for an open house at the Carrie Blast Furnaces!

For this year’s open house event, Rivers of Steel is excited to partner with the Borough of Rankin, Pennsylvania for a day of fun!

Stop by for self-guided tours of the landmark furnaces. Explore at your own pace and visit the new Mini Greens 2 art installation in the Iron Garden. Experience all of our arts programs, from graffiti and folk arts to blacksmithing and the excitement of a live hot metal pour. Browse the local vendor market to pick up a variety of goods or learn about community services.

This free event is a great way to experience all that this National Historic Landmark has to offer! Food and drinks will be available for purchase.  Free shuttle services for Rankin residents will be provided during the event hours with pick up at the Rankin Christian Center. General parking is available on site.

Hours & Admission*

This one-day open House is on Saturday, August 19 from 1:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.

General Admission 


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"Carrie Blast Furnace is a behemoth of metal that pays homage to everything Pittsburgh is built on. It's a trip into history and culture that every Yinzer should visit."—Jen Duceour, Google Review, October 2021

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Location & Directions

The Carrie Blast Furnaces are located in Swissvale and Rankin, PA in the Monongahela River Valley. The entrance to the Carrie Furnaces is located at Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin, PA 15104. The address is 801 Carrie Furnace Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15218.

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What to Know Before You Go

As a former industrial site, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure an enjoyable visit.

  • What to wear: The majority of this open house is outside; please dress for the weather. Additionally, the ground is uneven—sensible shoes are a must. Sneakers or boots are recommended. Open-toed shoes and high heels are prohibited.
  • Restrooms & concessions: The rawness of the site is certainly part of its charm. However, that rawness also limits the creature comforts many of us are accustomed to, like running water. Portable bathrooms and wash stations are available. For this open house, we’ll have free snacks and beverages!
  • Photography: Photography is permitted. For safety reasons, videography and drones are prohibited.
  • Accessibility: Handicapped parking is available, but the grounds covered during tours are not wheelchair accessible. Contact to discuss alternative options.
  • COVID-19 Policies: Please be advised of our current COVID-19 policies.
  • Liability: All visitors are required to sign a liability waiver and consent to be photographed (PDF).
  • Admission: Site access is limited to guided tours, workshops, and events. This event does not require a ticket or preregistration.
  • Duration: Allow at least two hours for your experience.
  • Children: Kids are welcome at this open house event! There will be hands-on activities; the tour content is recommended for children ages 8+.

Thank you for following these guidelines. We wish you to have the best visit possible and appreciate your patience as we continue to improve the visitor experience.

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August 19, 2023
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Carrie Blast Furnaces
801 Carrie Furnace Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15218 United States
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