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Saint Louis Science Center

Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Amazing Science Center

We've been to several Science Centers and St. Louis Science center is in the Top 3. So many... read more

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Another free gem in St. Louis!

I’ve been visiting the St. Louis Science Center since I was a kid. The free activities and exhibits... read more

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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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...more
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5050 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-1460
+1 314-289-4400
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Reviewed yesterday

We've been to several Science Centers and St. Louis Science center is in the Top 3. So many interactive exhibits for all ages and free to boot. Planetarium attached via pedway.

Date of experience: February 2019
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I’ve been visiting the St. Louis Science Center since I was a kid. The free activities and exhibits are a great way to spend a rainy day with the kids! The paid exhibits are usually a great additional activity, but don’t think you have to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place has 3 floors of hands on fun. My kids loved this place. The interactive stations are incredible. I can't believe it's free.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The IMAX experience was fantastic! They featured a movie about the Havana, Cuba’s culture. They showed some of the places that I saw in my visit to Havana in 2016.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 474julesb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My Father and I visited here to see the special Apollo exhibit. We really enjoyed the exhibit and it was very educational. We did not really explore the other areas as it is geared specifically towards families with small children. We did walk around and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Melly022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Though we live in Central Illinois, we're members of SLSC, and yet it's free entrance! It's just so neat, we want to support it. We also visit 3-5 times a year. Even without our granddaughter, we enjoy the information and experiences. Interractive displays and activities...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mjashaw
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

STL Science Center is a "must see" an awesome place for families and visitors. My comments are related to the Guitar Exhibit being featured for January 19 - April 14th. There are no redeeming qualities to charge $10.95 a ticket for an exhibit that is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was amazed at all you could do and it's free! Kids were having a field day. I wish I could bring it back to Louisiana with me! It was an educational and fun experience!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Sharon A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such an amazing place! So much to see and do. Very kid friendly but great for teens and adults as well. My kids (middle school aged) loved all the interactive displays and how everything is explained as to how and why it works in ways...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank thedoc1989
Reviewed January 10, 2019

This was a fun place to visit on a rainy day in December. I happened to be there on the day there was a live feed of the U.S. Navy ship St. Louis being launched in Wisconsin. The Navy put on an interesting show and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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February 12, 2019|
Response from gina r | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a cafeteria area in which you can eat. You can bring in your own food/lunches.
August 3, 2018|
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Response from oneboyonegirl | Reviewed this property |
It’s just across the skyway over the Interstate. There are exhibits the whole way.
May 16, 2018|
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Usually a couple of hours
Travel Forum Posts
itinerary for 3 and 5 year old (15 Replies)
I am looking for some advice for planning a trip with preschoolers (3 and 5). I am thinking of staying 2 or 3 nights. This is what I have in mind: Magic House Six Flags Grant's Farm St. Louis Science Center Missouri Botanical Garden For that age, do you think we should also visit the following? City Museum St. Louis Arch What hotels would you recommend? We would like something within 30 min. drive of the above. Should we stay at Drury Plaza Hotel ?
April 13, 2009|
Response fromdcb95sol|
Magic House - yes Six Flags - I think they are a little young. Grant's Farm - yes Science Center - maybe a bit young. Botanical Garden - yes City Museum - a bit young Arch - yes I would stay in Kirkwood area, which would be a good central location for those activities. Safe area, as well.
Dubuque, IA
Visit with a 2 year old and 5 year old in August (9 Replies)
Hello, My husband and I plan to bring our 2 children (2 and 5) to Saint Louis in August. We want to go to the Myseum, The Magic House, The Missouri Botanical Gardens (Children's Garden and Butterfly House), Saint Louis Science Center, Gateway Arch and the City Museum. Can someone give me some time recommendations for how long we will need to see each of these places? Can someone recommend a hotel that would be centrally located, or not too far from any/all of these places that has a...More
February 14, 2016|
Response frombprop|
Myseum - sorry, don't know! The Magic House - a good 2 hours The Missouri Botanical Gardens (Children's Garden and Butterfly House) - note that the butterfly house is not at the botanical garden, but at Faust Park quite a distance west. You could spend a long time at MoBot but to do the children's garden, maybe a tram ride, the hedge maze, and feeding the koi in the Japanese garden, at least two hours (I'm basing this on the typical 2-year old schedule). Saint Louis Science Center -...More
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Best way to spend 5 l/2 hours at Forest Park, misc. ?s (4 Replies)
My husband, 3 kids ages 16, 19 and 22 and myself will be driving to St. Louis the evening of July 8th after touring the Springfield area. As soon as we get to St. Louis I thought we'd drive straight to the Gateway Arch Riverfront for some pictures and maybe go up the arch. Is there free evening parking near the arch? P.M. at the Hampton Inn near Forest Park. I'm wondering how best to allott our time (9, or earlier, to 2:30, in Forest Park the next day. Should we get there before 9 am when the...More
May 20, 2009|
Response fromtjshana|
I park on the street between the zoo and Art Museum for free. Arriving early is great - the animals get up with the sun, so don't worry about that. The first tier attractions for me are the chimps, the Rivers Edge (the Hippo pool is cool) and the Penguins. If you're kids are boys, they'll like the little insect house (not sure about the name...). My wife finds it very creepy - it's convenient to the Rivers Edge and can be quick (there is a buttefly house there too for Mom). I recommend the...More