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Saint Louis Science Center

5050 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-1460
+1 314-289-4400
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Fun and free!

We spent a rainy afternoon here recently. Some exhibits can be overcrowded but overall its a great... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2016
A TripAdvisor Member
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Field trip

Great place to go, educational AND fun. There is a lot of hands on things to do, from learning... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2016
Bosox29
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With the mission "to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning", the Saint Louis Science Center is one of the top five science centers in the United States, and has been named one of the Top 10 Science Centers for Families by Parents Magazine and one of America's most visited museums by Forbes Traveler Magazine. The complex includes over 56,000 sq-ft of interactive science-technology exhibits that are part of the Science Center's free general admission. Opening in June 2016 is GROW, a one-acre outdoor exhibit that will take visitors on a journey of food, to gain a deeper understanding of our food supply. The Science Center's ticketed areas include the OMNIMAX, a four-story IMAX Dome theater; the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, one of the world's largest planetariums; and the Discovery Room, an activity area for families with younger children.
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Hours Today: 11:00 - 16:30
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5050 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-1460
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Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

We spent a rainy afternoon here recently. Some exhibits can be overcrowded but overall its a great experience for all ages. Entry is free, but charges for IMAX and Planetarium shows are well worth the additional ticket prices. New interactive Seed farming exhibit fun for...More

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Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Great place to go, educational AND fun. There is a lot of hands on things to do, from learning about optical illusions, to programming a Mars rover. You can easily lose track of time, so watch out. DO IT!!!More

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2016

Bosox29- You're right - with over 90,000 sq-ft of permanent exhibits, various activity areas and program venues spread across three buildings and spanning an Interstate, we certainly do have a lot to keep inquiring minds occupied. Thanks for your visit and review. -John Wharton, Managing...More

Reviewed 8 July 2016

Rain or shine this is a must do day for children in St Louis! From dinosaurs to the Hubble telescope--from farm planting to optical illusions -- from doing experiments to seeing scientific discoveries. This is FREE fun with extras you can purchase for small fees...More

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2016

ScottieMom849- Wow - we're blushing. You captured our essence perfectly. Thanks for the great review. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations

Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

My family & I, which includes a toddler and a teen, had a great experience at the St. Louis Science Center. It was great for all ages & had something for every age. The IMAXX & the Discovery Center were our favorites. We've been to...More

Thank Anna W
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2016

Anna W- Thanks for the kind words and glowing comparison, and for pointing out that we have something to interest any age level. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations

Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit for the first time. The groups of elementary school age children we saw there lacked courtesy. They would push their way in to see exhibits ahead of other that are standing in line and waiting. Better control of the children is...More

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2016

BigIsh- We appreciate your visit and high rating, but apologize for the poorly-supervised summer camp group you encountered. We'll redouble our efforts to work with the counselors of such groups to ensure that everyone has a great time with our many exhibits. -John Wharton, Managing...More

Reviewed 7 July 2016

We were guests of a member, but it is still FREE for anyone to go! Amazing 'Rube Goldberg" ball mover...all THREE floors! This is a treat for ALL ages on all floors! The newest exhibit "GROW" is fantastic, especially for anyone who grows their own...More

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2016

Ann h- We were pleased to have you with us, and glad you enjoyed our new one-acre exhibit on agriculture, GROW. And thanks so much for noting that there's something for everyone in a visit here. We look forward to your return. -John Wharton, Managing...More

Reviewed 7 July 2016

After reading several positive reviews, my family (husband, 8-year old son) decided to visit this place while in St. Louis. I think that this would be a good place to go with older kids and those that have a STEM background or interest. There is...More

Thank Jill S
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2016

Jill S- We're disappointed that we didn't measure up to your expectations for a casual learning experience. If you could take a moment to contact me (at john.wharton@slsc.org), I'd be interested in knowing more about which exhibits turned you off. I am pleased that your...More

Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Our family enjoyed our time at the acience center. Lots of hands on experiments to play with and learn from. Some of the exhibits were a bit dated but overall we enjoyed our time and had fun. We especially liked the sailboat challenge, 6.42 seconds...More

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2016

Greg C- We're glad to hear you particularly liked the Makerspace gallery, part of the some 55,000 square feet of exhibit and program space we've renovated/repurposed in the past two years in our ongoing work to keep the Science Center new and vibrant. -John Wharton,...More

Reviewed 6 July 2016

Add a themed event to free admission and free parking and you have a great event to attend on the first Friday evening of the month, adults only or with the whole family. The Science Center, great with its normal exhibits, comes topically alive with...More

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2016

Hankkacz- Thanks for noting our "First Fridays" - extended hours evenings to appeal to specialty-interests. The 2016 line-up has so far included "Steampunk Science", "Mars Base 2076" and "Enter the Matrix", and the upcoming nights are: August 5 - "Journey To Middle Earth", September 2...More

Reviewed 4 July 2016

Huge planetarium that lets kids lie on floor to watch. Surrounded by informative, fun displays. Only one area really good for preschool-ages siblings, though, and access only for limited periods of time.

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2016

Alexandria22- Thanks for your visit - we're pleased you particularly seemed to like our unique planetarium experience. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations

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784David_W784
Is there public transportation that has a stop at the museum?
24 June 2017|
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Response from John W | Property representative |
The St. Louis area's public transportation agency, Metro, has a website that can give detailed answers to your question, through schedules and maps. That being said, two bus lines, #57X and #59, both run past the Science... More
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ELKW
Hi, is there any free parking on the streets during weekends? if not, how much will be the parking in the parking lot of the Science center? thanks
19 February 2017|
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Response from John W | Property representative |
ELKW- The Science Center operates two parking lots. Our main building's controlled surface lot at 5050 Oakland Avenue has space for up to 734 cars, with a charge of $10 per car ($12 per in summer peak time). The lot... More
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240chanas
I see the prices on the website for the omni max. Is there a charge for a toddler? Or can he sit on our lap?
11 July 2016|
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Response from John W | Property representative |
Children under age 2 are considered kiddos-on-laps and are not charged admission. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations
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