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Saint Louis Science Center

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Address: 5050 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110
Phone Number: 13142894444
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9:30 am - 4:30 am
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Sun 11:00 am - 4:30 am
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 am
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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With the mission "to ignite and sustain lifelong science and...

With the mission "to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning", the Saint Louis Science Center is one of the top five science centers in the United States, and has been named one of the Top 10 Science Centers for Families by Parents Magazine and one of America's most visited museums by Forbes Traveler Magazine. The complex includes over 56,000 sq-ft of interactive science-technology exhibits that are part of the Science Center's free general admission. Opening in June 2016 is GROW, a one-acre outdoor exhibit that will take visitors on a journey of food, to gain a deeper understanding of our food supply. The Science Center's ticketed areas include the OMNIMAX, a four-story IMAX Dome theater; the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, one of the world's largest planetariums; and the Discovery Room, an activity area for families with younger children.

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Plan to be there most of the day ,for all ages everyone will be entertained and challenged and best of all FREE

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The center has a large variety of activities and stations to provide enjoyment for kids with various interests. The new exhibit "Grow" was particularly enjoyable. Most children nowadays will never experience how farming works and how important it is to our economy. Best of all, all this is free. They have various shows and a planetarium to enjoy for a... More 

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Greencastle, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Plan to be there most of the day ,for all ages everyone will be entertained and challenged and best of all FREE

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I love the Science Center! My husband and I have been before by ourselves but this last visit we took our children, ages 5 and 8. It's free to get in although if you plan to catch any IMAX or planetarium shows, then there is an additional cost for that. We did the Live Sky planetarium show and really enjoyed... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I would strongly recommend inquiring about the best time to go to this highly-rated museum. I think if it hadn't been overrun with day campers--some well-behaved, well-supervised and others not, I might've given it a better rating. With so many kids, it was difficult to even get a turn with any of the displays. Pay attention to the closing time... More 

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Paducah, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited for the first time today. All I can say is "Wow" there are tons of hands-on activities for the kids to do. Free admission, but $12 parking. There are free shows on the lower level center stage. There are other movies and rides that you can pay to see and do. You should plan for several hours here.

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Valdosta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Loved this place. Easy to find right off Rt 64. Parking galore (12.00 to park) but, almost everything else is free!! You need tickets for planetarium andspace shuttle simulator ride, and the hands on lab. The kids will love this place. Hands on areas everywhere, knowledge for the viewing, kid friendly. All areas clean, well staffed food a little pricey,... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

For decades, this place has been a surprising jewel in the crown of free museums supported by the City of St. Louis. It is top notch, interactive, perfect for families. Imax Dome theater and planetarium are small additional ticket fees, but each is worth it.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went with my niece and her 2 kids - ages 5 and 2. We were there for 4 hours and we all had a great time. We did not see everything. We were surprised that the 2 year old enjoyed the visit as much as the 5 year old. We were there when the GROW exhibit opened and the... More 

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Vienna, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My family went there for the afternoon before the Cardinal's game. I have a 6-year old boy who is nuts about dinosaurs...he was thrilled with all of the fossils, bones, and watching them clean the bones. We topped off the afternoon with a Build-A-Bear Spinosaurous :). Lots of hands-on centers & activities. My 14-yr old enjoyed the space simulators &... More 

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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took a friend and her 10 year old daughter. We visited at the end of the day and the museum wasn't very crowded. Park at the planetarium in Forest Park for free (otherwise parking is $12) and enter the museum through the planetarium and sky walk.

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