My kids and I have been inside a military ship when we explored the USS Lexington in Corpus Cristi, Texas but we have never been inside a submarine so when we went to Carnegie Science Center, the most fun part for us is being inside USS Requin. My husband is a retired sailor so he has been into many ships and also part of the Navy team who repaired many submarines during his active duty times. But for us, it was a real treat especially that my husband explained to us how things works inside a submarine.
If you want a uniquely immersive experience, try to go to Carnegie Science Center and explore the USS Requin Submarine! If you come aboard to this submarine, you will have the chance to learn how 80 men used their expertise, humor and sheer ingenuity to carve out a rough and adventurous life during Requin's lengthy defense and scientific missions. Some of which are still classified to this day according to the information I have read. This state-of-the-art submarine was battle ready when she set out just days before the end of World War II. USS Requin holds the distinction of being the Navy's first Radar Picket submarine.
The USS Requin was located adjacent to the Carnegie Science Center building by the Pittsburgh River. It brought a lot of memories for my husband who spent 20 years in the Navy and worked on submarines when he was in Guam.
Here's what it looks like inside the submarine. Come aboard and enjoy the tour. Everything is very small. I have high respects for submariners for getting used to live in a small spaces like this.
I think that what would make it better for the whole experience is if Carnegie Science Center would schedule a tour for the visitors and assigned a Veteran submariners to explain things. We were just lucky that my husband was a sailor and he knows a lot of stuff about it which helps us understand things.
There was a young kid assigned there but all he did was say hello and that was about it. Considering the admission fee that the CSC collects to visitors, they should at least give them more information about the subject, just saying.
Oh, we met this old guy as we were leaving and he said that he used to work in submarines but we were out the door when he showed up so we couldn't really ask him questions. Well, my husband tried to talk to him but he got the feeling that he just want us to be out ta there lol. Oh well, we didn't need anyone to explain us things anyway because of my husband but what about others who doesn't have ideas about submarines?