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Science Center of Iowa

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Address: 401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone Number: (515) 274-6868
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Geared more for children not geek adults

I hoped the science center would be similar to the science museum in Chicago (geared toward everyone of all ages), but it wasn't. However, my husband and I had a nice time just... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
jennelliott14
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La Crosse, WI
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Des Moines, IA
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are so many interesting things to see and do one can't get bored even young children. The IMAX is a great experience also.

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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Really fun place to take the family there is something for every age person! The theater is something worth going to! Go back every couple of months as it is always changing.

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La Crosse, WI
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97 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I hoped the science center would be similar to the science museum in Chicago (geared toward everyone of all ages), but it wasn't. However, my husband and I had a nice time just walking around and playing with some of exhibits. The kids we encountered there seemed to have a good time.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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117 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This particular Science center has one of the better IMAX theaters that I've been to. It also has a ton of seating but I would strongly recommend you get there early to find the seat you would prefer. As for the Science Center itself, I have always been impressed with the ever changing activities they provide for hands on learning... More 

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Cary
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

We were there for a wedding reception and it was very nice. It was great the young people and children could entertain themselves with all of the fun stuff at the center

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Des Moines, Iowa
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96 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

My husband had not seen Star Wars yet so we thought we would spend the extra money and go to IMAX. If you buy your tickets on line make sure to stop off at the desk and get your ticket/receipt as they have no way to give you a ticket when you go into the theater. We went early so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

What a great place to see Star Wars the only problem was the stopped the film in the very beginning probably to let the rest of the people get seated.

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Des Moines
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192 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

I saw Star Wars at the IMAX there. We sat in the front row. You could only see the characters necks and part of their chin from there. Being a 4 year Iraq war disabled vet who walks with a cane I would have liked to walk down the 4 steps to get out when the show was over. Instead... More 

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Thank Proteeus3
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

My kids are 8 and 7, both of them loved this place. The staff was friendly and it provided a great place to learn things about how things work.

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Thank David M
Sumner, Iowa
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

This is a nice Science Center/Children's Museum. I took my 5 yr old son there Friday night and the place was near empty. He talked me into taking him back on Saturday and it was packed because of a lego building contest going on. Still a very nice visit and large/open enough that the crowd didn't keep us from having... More 

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