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Science Center of Iowa

401 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309-4776
+1 515-274-6868
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Some great exhibits, some just of

We used our ASTC reciprocal pass, and still had to pay for one child. There are some great... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Price is not Right

SC of I could do with little lowering of its prices otherwise this is a good place to spend a day... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
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401 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309-4776
+1 515-274-6868
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We used our ASTC reciprocal pass, and still had to pay for one child. There are some great exhibits in the museum, especially on the second floor where you can create your own air rocket (and launch it) as build cars out of legos and...More

Thank TLH_mom_of_3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

SC of I could do with little lowering of its prices otherwise this is a good place to spend a day with kids. The IMAX Dome is spectacular but the seating needs upgrade.

Thank dreamreels
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went here with my daughter and she really enjoyed it. We went during the week and there was not a lot of traffic. Some of the exhibits were needing some upkeep and repair, but overall a decent way to spend a few hours.

Thank Jason H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The science center is a nice place to go several different times. They have a family night each month, were you can get discounts on admissions, movie, and a restaurant meal etc. check out the website for more info.

1  Thank cdjtmj1977
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

Not much to do and most activities were broken and worn. Staff were slow and minimally tolerant of guests. So much empty space with nothing to see or do. I don't understand why anyone is paying to come here! On a positive note, there were...More

Thank mjhc8f
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Kids will love it. Very interactive and fun. Great demonstration. Parking is an issue and a bit difficult to get there. Food court is good but spendy. Storage lockers for coats etc. are only 50 cents.

Thank Randy G
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Great place. Most exhibits are for middle school or younger but today we were here from Arizona and they had 2 great IMAX movies. Dream Big and National parks adventure and my 16 year old and I loved.

Thank John R
Reviewed 30 March 2017

This was my family's first visit to the Science Center. The lack of parking was almost enough to keep us from entering. The admission I thought was high especially when you have to pay for parking. Hopefully the parking problem is a temporary issue bc...More

Thank Laura M
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

IMAX tickets are expensive now, but the experience is worth it. No other movie experience, including traditional IMAX theaters, are as immersive as what you'll have in this dome. Don't be fooled by Omniplexes - they aren't the same thing. Take advantage of sale days...More

Thank LifeAndTimesOfAllie
Reviewed 16 March 2017

I think it goes without saying: don't go during Spring Break. However, I'm saying it. I went during Spring Break for some reason. The place is kind of a nightmare with the amount of kids. Also, with construction going on on condos and a new...More

Thank cornflkgrl
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What is the cost to get in?
4 December 2016|
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Response from Momx10 | Reviewed this property |
The cost is $12 for adults, $8 for kids 2-12, and $8 for seniors. There is an additional cost to see the IMAX movies, but we were very busy and entertained by all of the included events, shows, and regular science movies... More
How many hours would you recommend for a visit if we don't watch any IMAX movies?
31 May 2016|
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Response from cpyke48 | Reviewed this property |
We have spent an entire day there. There are plenty of things to keep you busy there. 3-5 hours would be more than enough time to do the egg drop, play in the water ways, make and shoot your rocket or see one of the live... More
What is the name of the Omaha science center? Is it part of the Children's Museum? Thanks.
20 June 2015|
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Response from deegeegirl | Reviewed this property |
They are one in the same.