Science Center of Iowa

Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines: Address, Phone Number, Science Center of Iowa Reviews: 4/5

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Kendra K
Tonganoxie, KS83 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
My daughter is 13 and wanted to go here first on the vacation. She loved it. It does seem geared more toward younger kids but she still enjoyed it. The IMAX is closed but tge shows were good. We really enjoyed the one about fire.
Written June 7, 2021
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Sandra C
Afton, United States2 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
The children's rooms were very fun for my 3-yr old grandson. We took him there to see the dinosaurs, but was more interested in the fruits and vegetable play area and the giant bubbles.
Written November 13, 2017
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jeffbeckinc
West Des Moines, IA224 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
There are some really solid exhibits for kids, plenty of hands on activities. Even though this place is clearly geared towards kids, adults can find some enjoyment for special showings of movies in IMAX theater.

Have to pay for parking which I think should be at least validated by Science Center. Very spacious building, shouldn't feel too crowded even with high volumes of foot traffic.

Overall, I am not sure what repeat visits would be like or worth but to experience it with kids is a solid choice to do something indoors with kids downtown.
Written July 13, 2017
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Big D
Broken Arrow, OK101 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
We are members of a reciprocal museum, so our visit was free, otherwise, we would have been upset because this place is pretty pricey. The museum feels empty, the exhibits just weren't that engaging, we learned some interesting things from the movie on early space flight and did some of the "hands on" activities geared at children. The employees or volunteers were pleasant and informative and invited us to do the childrens activites. If someone said, "I've got one day in Des Moines, any suggestions?" This wouldn't be one of them.
Written October 31, 2012
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Pam G
Dartmouth, MA217 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
My husband and I drove 2 hours to check this place out and spend some time in Des Moines and boy was I disappointed. We went without kids and there wasn't much to see. Even if I had kids, I don't think we would have spent that much longer there. The place is pretty big, but nothing there. We probably were there for a total of 45 minutes and that includes 2 bathroom stops and the gift shop. If your in the area and your kids need something to do...maybe...otherwise I wouldn't go back and wouldn't recommend it to anyone traveling in that area.
Written June 25, 2015
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Sean M
Chandler, AZ24 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
Not worth visiting, unless you have small children. Everything is broken! There are no attractions that amuses the adult or older teens. Everything is for small children. They need to learn from the pro science centers like Phoenix. Place should be renamed as Des Moines Small Children Science Center.
Written June 20, 2015
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Stephen C
Ottumwa, IA3 contributions
Feb 2014 • Couples
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 and learn" stations for kids. That's all.
Written February 28, 2014
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Ileen E
91 contributions
Sep 2011 • Couples
I really enjoy science, and used to have extraordinary respect for The Science Cent4er of Iowa until they hosted Gunther von Hagen's plastination exhibit. I thought, from the TV advertisements, that my husband and I were going to see completely plastic works of art to look like the human body. It turned out to be actual cadavers whose actual skin was removed by a process devised by von Hagen and whose "permission" was supposedly granted by the people beforehand, supposedly whey "donated their bodies to science". I do not believe that all those people in the exhibit really knew what was going to happen to them, and whimsically at that, with poses that were often erotic and jolly, s when one would dance in a wide leap through the air.and another had a cowboy hat on his head. Genitalia was in full view. I was mortified. I asked the person on the way out where they kept the "permissions" or if anyone at the Science Center viewed such "permissions" and he did not know.He was there to sell items and books that went to von Hagen. I went online when I returned home and looked up this von Hagen and what else he did, and learned that in Europe he had exhibits with cadavers in sexual acts. I called the Science center and spoke to two people, who promised that if I wrote out my feelings and true reactions to the exhibit, that the people in charge of deciding on such things would get it. I wrote the letter and sent a copy to The Des Moines Register. Neither the newspaper not the Science Center responded to me. In most, if not all religions in the world, reverence for the dead is a universal good. I have lost respect for the Science Center of Iowa and it is a shame, because they offer so many other interesting and wholesomely educational exhibits. There is a cafe for a light meal or dessert, lovely gift shop and an IMAX theater with several choices of films. I'll probably go back for other exhibits,especially since I have grandchildren who love to go there, but I am personally disgusted with what they did.This review is about this particular case in particular and I hope they do not ever repeat it. I have not returned since.
Written August 11, 2012
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cdjtmj1977
Des Moines, IA7 contributions
Oct 2016 • Family
The science center is a nice place to go several different times. They have a family night each month, were you can get discounts on admissions, movie, and a restaurant meal etc. check out the website for more info.
Written May 23, 2017
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Randy G
Spirit Lake, IA43 contributions
Mar 2017 • Family
Kids will love it. Very interactive and fun. Great demonstration. Parking is an issue and a bit difficult to get there. Food court is good but spendy. Storage lockers for coats etc. are only 50 cents.
Written April 10, 2017
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