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Saint Louis Science Center

5050 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-1460
+1 314-289-4400
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Good half day entertainment

Regular admittance is free, which is great. Parking was $10. We didn't enter the discovery area... read more

Reviewed 31 December 2016
Dealmom83
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Hands on museum

This is a great stop for a half day or just a couple of hours. Very hands on learning. It's free... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2016
Cheryl J
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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 96,000 sq-ft of interactive science-technology exhibits that are part of the Science Center's free general admission. The most recent major permanent exhibit 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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“discovery room” (37 reviews)
“all ages” (135 reviews)
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5050 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-1460
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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Regular admittance is free, which is great. Parking was $10. We didn't enter the discovery area that was $4/person and you have to get tickets and it was busy enough the next couple of hours were sold out. Kids loved the dinosaur/digging area, the radar...More

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Dealmom83- Thanks for choosing to visit us along with a couple of our sister institutions during your stay in St. Louis. We're glad you enjoyed some of our more play-based activities for your 4 & 7 year-olds, but regret that holiday crowds seem to have...More

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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

This is a great stop for a half day or just a couple of hours. Very hands on learning. It's free with only $10 parking. Great for toddlers through elementary / middle school age.

Thank Cheryl J
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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Cheryl J- Thanks for visiting us - we're pleased you found us a good family destination. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations

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Reviewed 30 December 2016

Our family enjoyed our visit to the Science Center. Because of time, we only visited the free exhibits. There are opportunities for kids of all ages. No question we had fun and enjoyed the wide range of family orientated activities. Parking is free if you...More

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

HHSRick- Thanks for spending time with us over the holidays. We're glad everyone had such a good time. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations

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Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

This is a hands on museum that is good for the entire family....from Toddlers through Adults. Admission is free and the atmosphere is fun. The staff is friendly and helpful with special requests. There are 3 floors full of activities for active participation. There are...More

Thank Margie L
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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Margie L- We're glad to hear you found so much to do across generations, and we appreciate your kind words about our staff. We hope to see you again soon. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations

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Reviewed 28 December 2016

Go for the membership!! You will want to spend more than 1 day here! I purchased a membership to the Science Center for enrichment purposes for my 11 year old, hoping that he would regain his curiosity about the world in which he lives. I...More

Thank Barbara J
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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Barbara J- We're so pleased that you and your son had such a good time in your two days with us, and that you made such good use of your new membership. And don't forget that we have a reciprocal arrangement with many other science...More

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Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

The admission is free but the parking is $10. Also they should rename themselves to The children's St Louis Center cause if you are older than 12 it won't fulfill your expectations. We can't say anything about the Planetarium or IMAX movie theater cause we...More

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Sandra Turismo- Thank you for your visit. I regret that you weren't able to see everything and that what you did see you found geared for kids, as so many others have said we offer something for everyone. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations

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Reviewed 24 December 2016

I visited on a Thursday around noon and could only stay for a few hours because I needed to get back to Branson, Mo which was 4 hours away. I watched a Santa vs Snowman movie on IMAX and Live Sky. The best of all...More

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Rekon- Thanks for your visit (and for your service). Come again when you can spend some more time - it's an easy trip up I-44! -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations

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Reviewed 8 December 2016

We went and visited the center and saw the IMAX movie. We have seen many IMAX movies but this was definitely exciting. There was plenty to do and see no matter if you were young or old.

Thank Denise C
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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Trekluvr- Glad you enjoyed your visit so much. Come again soon! -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations

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Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

We frequent the Saint Louis Science Center and they're always adding more amazing exhibits. The movies are exciting and informative at the giant IMAX movie theatre. We even went there for a viewing of Star Wars. There is something for very young children, teenagers and...More

Thank Adam B
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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Adam B- Thanks for your support and visits, and for noting that we have something for everyone. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations

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Reviewed 29 November 2016

Very interactive and fun for the entire family. Information for adults and hands on fun for kids. And big kids too.

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

B3026LGmichaell- Thanks for your visit and for comparing us so favorably to your previous destinations. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations

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Usually a couple of hours
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Response from Sylvia T | Reviewed this property |
9:30-4:30 Saturdays & 11-4:30 Sundays. The museum is free. Special exhibits are extras around $8-10. Parking is $10-12, unless you park on free parking side of Planetarium and walk over the sky bridge.
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