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Saint Louis Science Center

Address: 5050 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110
Phone Number: 314 289 4444
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Ranked #24 of 133 Attractions in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: Founded in 1985, the Saint Louis Science Center is an interactive, hands‐on science and technology...
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Type: Science Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: Founded in 1985, the Saint Louis Science Center is an interactive, hands‐on science and technology museum located in Saint Louis Missouri. With over 700 interactive exhibits, the Science Center is the 5th largest science center and the 24th largest museum of any kind in the United States. Be sure to stop by and explore the wonders of science. Don't forget to pay a visit to Mr. T-Rex, the animatronic dinosaur that has delighted and frightened generations of St. Louis children.
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

The interactive "science center" model of museum, with an educational basis and lots of knobs and dials for kids to enjoy, has been around for a few decades. As a destination for children, it's fine, for the most part. The downside is attending when there are crowds and when the interactives aren't working. A recent visit included both issues, plus... More 

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St. Charles, MO
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

There is lots to learn and be amazed by here. I visit about once every year and have a good time. I wish they would change the exhibits more often....not just the special exhibits. The iMax theater is nice. If you have never visited before I would suggest parking in the Forest Park/Planetarium entrance across hwy 40 from the main... More 

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IA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This place is awesome, could spend the better part of the day here seeing everything. They always have some special event going on too. AND it's all FREE (except the special events).

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Evanston,il.
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142 reviews 142 reviews
35 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

While there is no general admission, parking in the lot behind the building is about $10.00. The Imax inside the Center does charge. There are a lot of hands-on activities for kids. You can probably spend four hours at the Center.

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Chicago
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We attended for the Sherlock Holmes exhibit. The exhibit was very well done but very crowded. The museum exhibits lean more to children than adults with a lot of hands on activities. Is a good stop for the family and is right off the highway.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

There is a lot of things to see and do and you can easily spend 3-4 hours if you include a Omni MAX movie. Plenty of things to keep the younger children interested, but less for the 15-18 year olds unless they are really interested in specific aspects of the science represented. There are a few motion simulator rides that... More 

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Anna, Illinois, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We only went through the free parts and it made for a kinda boring day. We were most excited to see the Dinosaurs. That was by far our favorite part, but be aware this is only one small area. We are not a family big into science so we did not stop to read all the information posted everywhere. It... More 

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Heyworth, Illinois
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15 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This was a last minute decision to drive down to spend the day. I really should have done more reading about this Science Center. If you have smaller kids, they will have a blast! However, it can be boring for teenagers (my teenage boys the love science were pretty bored). We did see the Rocky Mountain Omnimax movie and that... More 

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Northern Cambria, Pennsylvania, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

A very large center. A little young for our 17 year old but we enjoyed the Egypt display that was there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I'm so glad my family visited the St. Louis Science Center. It's free to get in, but their are additional costs for extras (IMAX movies, Planetarium, Special Exhibits). There is also a charge for parking. However, we had a package deal through the Drury Inn that made it all very cost efficient. We spent the entire day there (11:30-5:30) and... More 

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