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Address: 401 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309-4776
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Kids will love it. Very interactive and fun. Great demonstration. Parking is an issue and a bit difficult to get there. Food court is good but spendy. Storage lockers for... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Spirit Lake
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kids will love it. Very interactive and fun. Great demonstration. Parking is an issue and a bit difficult to get there. Food court is good but spendy. Storage lockers for coats etc. are only 50 cents.

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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place. Most exhibits are for middle school or younger but today we were here from Arizona and they had 2 great IMAX movies. Dream Big and National parks adventure and my 16 year old and I loved.

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Thank John R
Des Moines, Iowa
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my family's first visit to the Science Center. The lack of parking was almost enough to keep us from entering. The admission I thought was high especially when you have to pay for parking. Hopefully the parking problem is a temporary issue bc of all the construction in the immediate area. We did enjoy ourselves but overall not... More 

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Thank Laura M
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

IMAX tickets are expensive now, but the experience is worth it. No other movie experience, including traditional IMAX theaters, are as immersive as what you'll have in this dome. Don't be fooled by Omniplexes - they aren't the same thing. Take advantage of sale days and SCI memberships to see regular IMAX movies for less.

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Thank LifeAndTimesOfAllie
Southeast, US
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36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

I think it goes without saying: don't go during Spring Break. However, I'm saying it. I went during Spring Break for some reason. The place is kind of a nightmare with the amount of kids. Also, with construction going on on condos and a new Hy-vee, parking took about 20+ minutes to secure and cost was $5. That being said,... More 

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Thank cornflkgrl
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177 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

This is a very interesting and educational place to visit and good place to take your children for the education it has so many different exhibits

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Thank Bruce W
Des Moines, Iowa
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Been going for years, but no more. Way over priced, over crowded, and lousy parking situation. Value here has diminished over the years, especially with their "alacarte" pricing on many things. They have some cool stuff on occasion, but mostly disappointing.

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Thank Warren J
Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Went with a friend and our children. Great fun for our toddlers! And, we had fun too! Lots to do and great fun learning! The cafeteria is nice too! Next time, I want to do the imax too.

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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Just can't say enough about the wonderful opportunities for all ages to experience science in a positive educational environment!!!

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Thank Becci W
Des Moines, Iowa
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

We've been members of the science center for a few years, and my daughter absolutely loves coming here. The planetarium was recently remodeled and offers a lot of great features throughout the day. They also have traveling exhibits that go through the science center, so things are always changing which keeps the experience fresh and fun.

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