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“Kids really loved it” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Saint Louis Science Center

Saint Louis Science Center
Ranked #13 of 253 things to do in Saint Louis
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Lufkin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Kids really loved it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2010

We decided to come to the Science Center after reading about the Pirate's attractions. We brought four kids and they all absolutely loved it. Everything was amazing and really exciting for them. This is not a place to go if you want adult entertainment. It is definitely designed for kids and I think they did a great job. We spent 5 days before in Branson and this was the place they couldn't quit talking about.

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Denver, CO
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“Good for kids, not one of the best I've seen.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2010

Visited 5/8/10, there was an excellent free Darwin exhibit, but otherwise it wasn't worth the trip.

Pros:
The entrance is nice, there's an overhead ball mechanical maze that's pretty incredible. The mechanical T-Rex display downstairs was nice.

Cons:
Quite a few of the technology attractions were broken or out of order, and the overhead lighting is so harsh I had a migraine by the time we left. Would not go back again, even with kids.

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Omaha
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“Well worth the trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2010

Immediately upon entering there is a lot of activity around you. Up above is a complex mechanical device which spans the entire ceiling in a complex robotic maze. Within a few feet, looking below, is a mechanical dinosaur, realistic enough to impress my 7 year old who loved it. I was shocked at some of the things that were there (real mummies, visible vortex "tornado" generator you can touch, laser harp, etc.). There were some pay-for extras, but if you have a membership with your local science center you might get a discount. It is free but watch the parking. A woman named Melissa was especially helpful and really made it fun for our children.

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St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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“Great and varied fun for all ages - singles, couples, families.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2010

The St. Louis Science Center is actually an attraction in two parts - the Science Center (along the south side of Highway 40) and the James S. McDonnell Planetarium (along the north side of Highway 40.) The two buildings are linked by an enclosed pedestrian bridge over Highway 40. Access to both buildings is available by either entrance, and there is no admission fee. Parking is available at either building.

The Planetarium houses various marvelous exhibits. On the outside of the building you will see models of some spaceships that were in competition to win the $10 million X Prize. As you walk into the Planetarium building, you will see an exhibit related to early spaceflight and a charming display of space toys from a bygone era.

There is a hallway that eventually links to the pedestrian tunnel. In that hallway is an interesting display featuring more recent feats of daring-do. Also, there is a large room where you can fly all sorts of aircraft using very effective simulators. Try flying a helicopter through the St. Louis Arch!

Back to the main entry area of the Planetarium, you can touch an actual meteorite! Then head up to see the sky show, projected in a huge domed room. There is a modest fee for the sky show. This is a great place for a date, since it gets very dark in theatre. Not at all recommended for babies or young children. They would be out of place in the sky show.

The pedestrian bridge between the Planetarium and Science Center buildings is an attraction in and of itself. You are inside a glass-walled tunnel, above a major highway, with cars and trucks zooming at high speed below you. Feel the floor shake under your feet when large trucks rumble along the road. There are speed guns you can aim at the cars, and glass blocks in the floor to better glimpse the speeding vehicles. The bridge is a favorite of everyone in our family, young and old.

The Science Center houses both permanent and temporary displays. There are lots of hands on exhibits, geared to teaching us about all aspects of science. There is a huge model of a dinosaur in the center of the building.

In the temporary exhibit area, I've seen a Titanic exhibit, Body Works, a circus exhibit, a sports exhibit and many others over the years. Call ahead to see what is currently being featured.

Summer camps for children grade school through high school are offered (the robotics and flying camps are highly recommended). There is something called Science Cafe, geared to inquisitive adults, that meets monthly in a St. Louis in a restaurant. Also, there are lunchtime lectures at the Science Center.

There is a terrific shop within the Science Center, with toys, books and gift items. There is the standard sort of museum food available, but it's not awful. There are plenty of restrooms. There are at least two elevators. One elevator has a glass wall, where you look out at the exhibits around you.

And of course there is the fantastic IMAX theatre, featuring absolutely breath-taking photography. There is a fee to see the movies.

It is entirely possible to visit both the Planetarium and Science Center on the same day. But you might wish to break it up into two visits. There is so much to see and enjoy.

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indiana
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“Awesome, Go Science”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2010

The Science Center of St. Louis was a great place to go. The best place in the Science Center is the Life Science Lab. My family did many of their great experiments. There were experiments on Wheat Germ DNA, your own genes, peptides, and fingerprints. The staff is very nice.

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