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Saint Louis Science Center

5050 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-1460
+1 314-289-4400
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Excellent museum

We went mainly for the Omnimax and watched the National Parks Adventure which was awesome. The... read more

Reviewed July 17, 2016
240chanas
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Brooklyn, New York
Exceptional Museum for Whole Family

Was impressed with this museum as they can be hit or miss. Lots to do with all the exhibits and... read more

Reviewed July 16, 2016
Keith T
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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 Parents Magazine and one of America's most visited museums by Forbes Traveler Magazine. The complex includes over 96,000 sq-ft of interactive science-technology exhibits that are part of the Science Center's free general admission. The most recent major permanent exhibit 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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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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5050 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-1460
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Reviewed July 17, 2016

We went mainly for the Omnimax and watched the National Parks Adventure which was awesome. The museum has so much to see and learn and it's free!! If you have children ages 5-12 this is the place to go. Park on the street and save...More

Thank 240chanas
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2016

240chanas- Glad you enjoyed yourselves in your recent visit, and that you seemed to find something of interest for all ages. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations

Reviewed July 16, 2016

Was impressed with this museum as they can be hit or miss. Lots to do with all the exhibits and very hands on. Free to go in but $12 to park. They had both indoor and outdoor exhibits. You can pay to do IMAX movie...More

Thank Keith T
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2016

Keith T- With as many reviews of attractions as you've done on TripAdvisor, we're particularly pleased that you and your family enjoyed your visit. Hope next time you can spend five hours and take in our immersive Omnimax theater and our unique Planetarium, the largest...More

Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Parked in forest park and walked through planetarium to enjoy a free day here. Really nice exhibits, clean, and value.....similar cities would charge $40 or more. Good ceasar salad on first floor eatery too.More

Thank ttoo
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2016

Ttoo- We're pleased you enjoyed your first visit to the Science Center, and Forest Park. I'll pass your enjoyment of the salad along to our food service partners. (I hope your player did well in the Missorui Valley USTA Futures tourney.) -John Wharton, Managing Director...More

Reviewed July 14, 2016

Nice science center. Nothing special. Great that it's free and you pay for special exhibits/movies. Really enjoyed the National Parks Movie in the IMAX.More

Thank Traveling1994
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2016

Traveling1994- Glad you enjoyed "National Parks" in the Omnimax Theater, but I do regret we didn't seem to float your boat. I do need to point out that in many ways we are quite special - some examples being: Our new acre-large GROW exhibit is...More

Reviewed July 13, 2016

We took an entire afternoon to visit the Science Center with our boys who are 9 and 11. It was a blast. A good mix of stuff for younger kids, experiments, history, etc. It is baffling that it is free (like a lot of stuff...More

Thank Jeff S
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2016

Jeff S- We're glad you enjoyed your visit, and our free aspect. For that you have the good people of St. Louis City and County to thank, in having voted to tax themselves to support five major cultural attractions and allow them to be accessible...More

Reviewed July 13, 2016

This was a great FREE science center for my family. We all enjoyed the science experiments and the free shows about fire. Was a fun learning experience for the whole family.

Thank carreklein
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2016

Carreklein- We love hearing that visitors have a good time while learning! Thank you. -John

Reviewed July 13, 2016

The St. Louis Science Center is FREE. Parking is $10-12. The OmniMax theater is awesome, and tickets are $10. Planetarium tickets are $6. There are exhibits for kids of ALL ages. Great food, a little pricey! First Friday nights are awesome!

Thank Butmomwhy
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2016

Butmomwhy- Nice to have you as a returning and enthusiastic constituent. I hope you're also a Member, so you can really take advantage of all we have to offer. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations

Reviewed July 13, 2016

Great place to visit for adults as well as children. School field trips is an exciting visit for youngsters. Many things to investigate and see. The planetarium is a must to see.

Thank JJS313
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2016

JJS313- We're pleased you find us appealing to all ages, and that you particularly like our unique and giant Planetarium. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations

Reviewed July 13, 2016

Free! You have to pay for parking but worth the visit. Fun for the kids and even the adults. You can walk to or from the zoo after.

Thank Joshua L
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2016

Joshua L- While one can walk to other venues in Forest Park, visitors to one institution can also pay a minimal charge to take a trolley around the Park as a way to stop at the various attractions. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations

Reviewed July 13, 2016

I can't tell you how many field trips my class/school has had at the Science Center. It is so stimulating for students. They are constantly stepping up their game. Last spring we went to a "Maker Space". It was engineering and design, hands-on, and technological....More

Thank suregurl
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2016

Suregurl- Thanks for noticing and lauding our continuing upgrades and improvements, such as our Makerspace gallery. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations

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784David_W784
June 23, 2017|
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Response from bob k | Reviewed this property |
Public transportation will take you close to the Museum within a block or so. But it would be wise to take a taxi. It will drop you off directly in front of the Museum.
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ELKW
February 18, 2017|
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Response from John W | Property representative |
ELKW- The Science Center operates two parking lots. Our main building's controlled surface lot at 5050 Oakland Avenue has space for up to 734 cars, with a charge of $10 per car ($12 per in summer peak time). The lot... More
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240chanas
July 11, 2016|
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Children under age 2 are considered kiddos-on-laps and are not charged admission. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations
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