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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 #13 of 30 Attractions in Des Moines
Type: Science Museums, Museums
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Type: Science Museums, Museums

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Liberty, Missouri
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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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
43 helpful votes 43 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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Mesa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Grimes, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We had attended the Science Center through the years, but it didn't hold our kids attention long enough. We thought it was too expensive for a family activity for the regular exhibits. They just held their first Mini Maker Faire, we used a GroupOn coupon, so it was 1/2 off admission, that was worth the price. Many more rooms were... More 

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Donaldsonville, Louisiana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Saw a lot of original ideas. A lot of hands on stuff for kids. It was a little crowded. There was an awesome laser light show and Lego activities.

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Cozad
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We all learned something and had a great time. It is very informative and an amazing time for kids and parents to have together.

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