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Science Center of Iowa

401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 274-6868
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Ranked #13 of 41 attractions in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Science Museums
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Des Moines, Iowa
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Our family spends at least 1-2 weekends a month there and they love it. It's perfect-sized for a few hours on a weekend, and the shows are fun.

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Oskaloosa, Iowa
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

So much to do and see, even for a 3 year old. We enjoyed learning about "One World, One Sky" with Sesame Street characters in the Star Theatre during our visit. Small Discoveries is always our first stop. This is a wonderful place to spend several hours on a rainy day!

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Ottumwa, Iowa
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

This is for elementary school children. They don't tell you that. They just take your $11 and hand you a map. There is little to interest adults. I see no reason for an adult to visit unless it is with family or as a chaperone for school events. There is nothing of museum quality in the entire place, just "play... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Looking for fun and education? Or even just something to do that doesn't require a parka and snow boots in the winter? This is a great attraction.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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85 reviews 85 reviews
34 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We have taken our grandkids and have gone on our own, and both experiences have been wonderful. The exhibits and activities are varied enough to tickle the imagination and broaden the mind of any age group.

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St. Louis, MO
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

While visiting friends, our two families spent an entire afternoon at the science center. The kids were aged 4, 5, 6, and 8. The highlights for our group was the "make your own rocket", the snakes/weather broadcasting, and the imax movie. The facility was very clean, laid out well, and the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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10 reviews 10 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

The grandchildren AND Grandparents were thrilled! The dinosaurs were huge. There was an excavation area and the children learned to brush and excavate a site appropriately.

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Midwest USA
20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I brought my six year old here for half a day and she had a blast. There are a number of exhibits all of which are appropriate for younger children. There were also a few presentations (toys in space was one) that held the interest of my daughter. I don't think there would be enough to do to spend an... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We were there when the Da Vinci exhibit was on display, and a fine one it was. We enjoyed all of it! There are some interesting interactive things to do also. We were there on off hours, when kids were in school. It was not too croweded when we first got there, but before we left it was getting fuller.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

My son is 5 and loves the Science Center. I think he would go every week if we could. I'm not sure how older kids would like it, but for preschool and elementary aged it's great. They also have excellent travelling exhibits, like the T-Rex.

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