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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 #11 of 22 Attractions in Des Moines
Type: Science Museums, Museums
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Type: Science Museums, Museums

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Des Moines, Iowa
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23 reviews 23 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Bakersfield, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We had a good afternoon here, even kept the teenagers interest. The IMAX movie was my first and very cool. I would have thought that they would have more exhibits because they did not lack space. And the parking situation could be improved.

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Wapakoneta, Ohio
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102 reviews 102 reviews
53 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

As our children are getting older (ages 8 & 9) we have started relying more on Science Centers and less on Children's Museums as a form of hands on fun and education. This facility was large and many exhibits looked brand new so we were initially excited when we walked in. But sadly, it seemed that in about 1 hour... More 

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Hull, Iowa, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We enjoyed our time doing "science-y" things and learning more about the experiments, interactive stations and watching the movie one the big screen. There is something there to entertain almost everyone.

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Marion, Iowa
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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This is by far one of the best science centers I have been to. I would recommend you have at least 3 hours. The cost is $11.00 for adults and children 2 to 12 and under are $7.00. You have to pay for parking and it runs $3.00 for the first hour and then $1.00 each additional hour OR if... More 

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