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Science Center of Iowa

Address: 401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone Number: (515) 274-6868
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Ranked #15 of 103 things to do in Des Moines
Type: Science museums, Museums
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Type: Science museums, Museums

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English first
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The center has a number of great displays. You might see anything from a complete display of the human body exposing all of the veins, blood vessels, ligaments muscle groups in detail to science displays and even a huge cinema surround dome theater. A great place for children hands on displays for interactivity. Overall a really good experience.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Nice place to visit but I thought Iowa City children's museum was more engaging. Most fun I had was with the spinning table in which you try to spin an objects on the table while the table also spins.

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Blue Grass, Iowa
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118 reviews 118 reviews
39 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This focuses on science of interest to kids... lots of interactive stations, dinosaurs, and space exploration exhibits. We were disappointed th ific is designed primarily for families at the planetarium was closed during our visit. The IMAX theater has educational films of interest to all ages.

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Liberty, Missouri
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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We took our grandchildren, 27 months and almost 5, to the Science Center on a recent Saturday. A dinosaur traveling exhibit is there now, and it was an attention-getter for our five-year-old grandson. Then we explored, and there's lots to see. Special care has been invested in the design of the permanent interactive things. The Rube Goldberg-type ball wall is... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Our family has been to many different science museums in other cities and this one is very good. The exhibits are spaced nicely so that they are not over crowded. The dinosaur exhibit was quite interesting and informative but still brief to keep the children's attention. The kids had lots of fun at the hands on exhibits and that's where... More 

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Des Moines, IA
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129 reviews 129 reviews
35 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

What a great way to spend a day. There are lots of fun exhibits that are mainstays with one large exhibit that is featured and changes. They also have an Imax theater. it's one of the smaller ones but still an Imax movie is like nothing else you'll see. There is parking on the street close by or you can... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

The movie was great on the dome, because it was a space movie. I didn't get to see the museum, but it looked great for kids and they do things for adults too.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We like the science center anyway, but the new dinosaur exhibit is great. It is engaging for the kids and for adults. I would encourage anyone to visit and check it out and of course there are all the other excellent exhibits to take a look at as well.

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Grimes, IA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I wouldn't call it a 'must see' if you're visiting Des Moines, but it's definitely a quality family attraction. Personally, after having been there a few times, I'm more likely to go when there is a special exhibit. The permanent exhibits are best for younger children, and there is plenty of hands-on (rocket building, lego car racing, domino building, egg... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Each of our 3 grandsons spends 1 wk with us and a visit to the Science Ctr is a request we get by all 3 every year. Parking ramp nearby for easy access. Wish some exhibits would be updated and/or changed out more often.

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