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Saint Louis Science Center

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Address: 5050 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-1460
Phone Number: 314.289.4400
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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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National Parks Celebration

My husband and I are new to the area and had seen previews for the National Parks film playing at the Science Center in their OmniMax theater. We went early and found parking to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
rboomer68
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I are new to the area and had seen previews for the National Parks film playing at the Science Center in their OmniMax theater. We went early and found parking to be quite easy. Prior to the show we roamed the science center and even saw a visiting exhibit (there was an extra charge). The center was... More 

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Springfield
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Plenty to see and do for the kids. We especially enjoyed the forensic fingerprint experiment along with the Grow area.

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Beloit, Wisconsin, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Science Center is free ($12.00 to park) with so many ways to keep the kids busy for most of the day. So many hands on activities and experiments. The kids (8 and 10) had a great time and it looked like all the younger kids were enjoying themselves also.

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The science center is good for school kids not for parents with toddlers or KG kids as both cannot enjoy it. planetarium is one good thing in the center.

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Thank pammuj
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Pammuj- I'm a bit puzzled by your critiquing us that we're only good for school kids and not toddlers, as you were recently enthusiastic about Kennedy Space Center offering so much for teens (school age kids?). -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

Levanger, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was incredibly. We were four adult friends who went there on a whim. And we had such a good time. Just trying everything they had to offer. We didn't get to try half of what they had because we came a little late and they were closing. We had boat races and making cars to go to Mars. So... More 

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Thank Runa S
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Runa S.- We're very pleased you and your adult companions enjoyed yourselves so much. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

Leasburg, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I am totally into science. Hadn't been to the science center for years so decided to go. They have added a lot since my last visit for sure. They have several areas of scientific interest and a nice gift shop. They were particularly busy the Thursday we went but you could see that te kids were having a blast. A... More 

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Maria P- We're pleased that you found so much new since your last visit - the last few years in particular have seen several major new exhibit areas, including our giant new outdoor GROW exhibit. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

West Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I am amazed at all the free educational attractions in St Louis. The Science Center is fantastic. Parking over at the planetarium is free. Walking from the planetarium to the science center, you will cross over the highway in a skywalk. There are radar detectors set up to clock traffic speed. My family loved this feature. My kids were clocking... More 

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Thank Amy A
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Amy A- We're glad you had such a great time in your last visit. St. Louis believes so much in making cultural institutions accessible to all that City and County property owners tax themselves to help provide support to our major attractions. Thanks for noticing our efforts to keep exhibits working, despite having close to a million pairs of hands... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is no charge for admission. This is a very nice hands on museum with tons of science info and displays. Our 10 year old son enjoyed it more than our teenagers. We got a little bored after a while. I think it's a great place to visit but maybe for elementary age.

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Thank cajdhunt
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Carrie D- Thanks for including us in your places to see during your visit to St. Louis. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

Tulsa, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Science museum was ok. We went to the science museum in Connecticut and felt there was much more to do and see. I think there is free parking on the planetarium side but decided to pay the $12 as we had a toddler and didn't want to walk that much. I gave it only 3 stars because I don't think... More 

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Thank imsmat
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Imsmat- Thanks for your forthright assessment. While we strive to offer something for everyone, as borne out by previous comments, we'll readily admit that we're not designed primarily for toddlers. For an experience specifically geared to very young children, I can suggest Magic House, our local children's museum. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must see in St Loius MO if you have children. We spent half a day there and the kids didn't want to leave! There are so many interactive activities , many of which I have not scene in other similar museums. We will be going back.

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Thank Kenneth W
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Kenneth W- We're delighted that you were delighted! -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

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