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Saint Louis Science Center

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Address: 5050 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-1460
Phone Number: 13142894444
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11:00 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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Couldn't tear my son away,

My 8 year old son has already started begging us to go back to St. Louis just so he can go back to the Science Center. From the moment he walked in the door he was fascinated at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Baltimore, MD
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wanted to love this place due to the free admission and fun exhibits but the number of school groups and camps made it impossible to enjoy the main building. It was so loud and crowded you could barely move or hear anyone in our group. The planetarium building was calmer and bridge over the interstate was really neat along with... More 

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St. C
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My 8 year old son has already started begging us to go back to St. Louis just so he can go back to the Science Center. From the moment he walked in the door he was fascinated at every turn. The hands on activities were fun for the whole family.

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

T-Mom2008- Great to hear your son is such a fan, and that everyone in the family enjoyed us. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

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19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My friends and I are in our 20s and still had a fun time here. The dinosaur replicas are fantastic. We even got to test blood types and DNA in a lab. Also it's free!

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

Brittany P- Thanks for reinforcing that we're a great experience for all ages. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

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30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place for the whole family. There's something for everyone to enjoy and it's free. There is a cost for iMax movies and a few other things, but they're also worth it.

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Thank wnbraker98
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Wnbraker98- Thanks for visiting. We're really pleased that you found it to be fun for all ages and interests. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operatoins More 

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33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to the Grow exhibit that opened this summer and was impressed. It has so much you could spend your entire trip to SLSC there. The planetarium is always interesting too and they are always improving. I don't recommend the membership because you don't get much for your money like you do with the zoo.

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Yukon, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We met another couple in St Louis for a baseball game and found several other fun things to keep ourselves occupied over the weekend. The only negative thing was that we watched the iMax movie about robots and I must have gotten vertigo because it just didn't settle right with me. I couldn't even open my eyes for most of... More 

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Thank okiecruiser4331
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Okiecruiser4331- Thanks for your positive, forthright review. We do hear from time to time that the Omnimax's wraparound projection format is a bit much for some; sorry it hit you so strongly. From the mention of the Robots film and large crowds, it sounds as if you were here around Spring Break. Those couple of weeks, as well as the... More 

Fort Myers, Florida
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121 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Even though this is geared toward children and families, I went solo today. I am 61 and female. A lot of the Center is hands on and geared to young people, but everyone should go see the OmniMax movies and the Planetarium! Walking over the highway and seeing the history of aviation and space flight is jaw dropping. To see... More 

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

Pat S- Thank you for a delightful counterpoint to a previous review about suitability for adults! We're very pleased you had such a good time. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were underwhelmed here. Didn't need more than a few minutes to see that it wasn't worth our time. We had 1 kid with us who enjoyed it. So best with kids.

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

Freezinfeb- After seeing many Trip Advisor reviews saying we're great for all ages, I'm sorry we somehow didn't appeal to you, either in "bringing out the kid in you" or in providing you a thought-provoking experience. I can say that adults seem to universally enjoy our offerings in the Omnimax theater, and many enjoy joining us for our themed First... More 

St Louis
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35 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Granddaughters were in town from LA over the fourth of July holiday. The Saturday they were here was hot and raining (surprise) and we were looking for something to do indoors. We had not been to the Science Center since our kids were in school, so, maybe 25 years. So glad we went. The girls (1.75 yrs and 3.5 yrs)... More 

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

BG_STL- Welcome back! We're delighted you had such a nice, long day to spend in learning with your granddaughters. They - and you - are encouraged to return anytime. - John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

Arlington, VA
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderful place and great respite from the heat. General Admission (i.e., no imax) is free. Spent about three hours there w/4.5 year old.

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