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Saint Louis Science Center

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Address: 5050 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-1460
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+1 314-289-4400
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09:30 - 16:30
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Sun 11:00 - 16:30
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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With the mission "to ignite and sustain lifelong science and...

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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Lot's of interactive activities in a FREE museum!

We parked in the museum parking lot for $10 because we didn't realize that a person could walk from Forest Park to the Science Museum via the skywalk. Watch where you park due to... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2016
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Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
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123 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016

We parked in the museum parking lot for $10 because we didn't realize that a person could walk from Forest Park to the Science Museum via the skywalk. Watch where you park due to possible fly bars from the baseball field. We went to a planetarium show that cost $6 each ticket. You had a choice between laying on a... More 

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Thank LuvMex828
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us, and for pointing out the good time a family with teens can have, as we have exhibits and programs for all ages and interests. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

Evansville, Indiana
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016

My husband and I went to the science museum for the first time this weekend! We were impressed by how much hands on science and fun they had to offer for a free museum! Our 2 year old son slept the entire time but I'm sure he would have loved the dinosaur excavation site and the toddler room (which you... More 

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Thank acadden
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, and for your first visit to the Science Center. Being just a three-hour jaunt from us across I-64, we hope you'll return again and again so your kiddo can increasingly share in the fun. I'll pass along to our food service partner your observation about prices, though I had a good-sized meal combo here yesterday... More 

Linn, Missouri
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371 reviews
136 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2016

Recently accompanied a school group here for a couple hour visit. My family had last visited the science center within the last year but was surprised by the feel that there were several empty areas and missing exhibits. At first I thought possibly it was just my memory but several of the chaperones made comments that there wasn’t nearly as... More 

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Thank Wolfeaj
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

It sounds as if you're a fairly regular visitor (thanks, by the way), which leaves us puzzled by your observation, given that in the past year we've opened two new major areas in our permanent, free exhibits -- (1) Mission: Mars, which covers remote sensing of the Red Planet and allows remote operation of landers, with the "surface station" at... More 

Newport News, Virginia
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175 reviews
117 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016

The best thing about his museum was that it was free. If you go on a weekday, not in the summer, you can probably find street parking for free. There were plenty of free spaces when we went there on a Monday. The unique things about this museum were a life sized dinosaur and a huge "mouse trap" contraption.

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Thank 1Jaybee1
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

“Jaybee”- We’re glad you enjoyed the free aspects of the Science Center but can’t help thinking you somehow missed some of the things that make us special among other science museums, such as: Our new Makerspace area, and Mars remote exploration exhibit; the investigative Life Science Lab; the IMAX Dome Omnimax Theater; and the McDonnell Planetarium, one of the world’s... More 

South Bend, Indiana, United States
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016

My kids were thrilled with this fun place and did not want to leave. They loved (and were scared of) the moving dinosaur exhibit and the radar gun over the highway.

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Emily M- Glad your family had such a good time. Our T Rex says come back soon! -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

Oakville, Canada
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72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016

The parking was $10, but I didn't mind when the museum was free. It is geared towards a younger age, but my son and I wanted to check it out anyway.

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Jiggychickadee- Thanks for choosing to visit the Science Center while you were in St. Louis for the FIRST Robotics Championships - hope your team did well! We ended up with many of the teams visiting us and, as we were originally involved with the formation of the competition and FIRST, we were pleased they too enjoyed their time sampling our... More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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10 reviews
Reviewed 3 May 2016

The science center is attached to he planetarium (connected by a glass- enclosed bridge over the highway) Little local secret-parking is free on the planetarium side-but limited. science center is free with admission fees for the omnimax and some of the MANY different attractions / displays. HANDS ON HANDS ON HANDS ON. A great day

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Thank kirk u
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Kirk U.- Thanks for singing our praises. And the key thing you said was DAY - one can easily spend a day at the Science Center sampling all the learning activities we have to offer. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

Ballwin, Missouri
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50 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2016

What do I mean by "a city the size of St Louis"? If you've ever been to Chicago and visited the Museum of Science and Industry, the SLSC pales in comparison. But, St Louis is no Chicago, so for our happy little city, the SLSC is a great attraction. There are quite a few interactive things to do, an IMAX... More 

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Thank Ernie B
John W, General Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Ernie B- Thanks for your repeat visits and for noticing our efforts to refresh the exhibits. On your next visit, be sure to check out GROW (opening early this summer). At an acre in area, it'll be our biggest and most ambitious exhibit experience, telling all about the science of getting food from field to fork, and the role all... More 

Mebane, North Carolina
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74 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016

We sent half the day there, a lot of hands on things to do. Staff very friendly and helpful. Defiantly will return.

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Thank Vaughan9
John W, General Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words - we'll look forward to your next visit! -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

Bloomington, Indiana
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98 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

We stopped here to see the IMAX film "National Parks adventure". Both the movie and the facility were great. We brought our children here over 20 years ago and it is still an awesome place with lots for kids to do. It is like a mix of the Indianapolis children's museum and Chicago museum of science and industry. Except for... More 

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Thank Lisa A
John W, General Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Lisa A.- Thanks for the comparisons to some good company. And don't wait another 20 years to visit - you're less than four hours away; come back this summer for "A Beautiful Planet" in the Omnimax! -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

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