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Saint Louis Science Center

5050 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-1460
+1 314-289-4400
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Great for kids

When we were here on a Sunday it was very crowded, but it's a wonderful place to take smaller kids... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
AnniK_K
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Macon, Missouri
Fun to get out of the heat

It is interesting for about an hour but has too much that has a required paid for a ticket. For... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JaneGB
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Grapevine, Texas
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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.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“omnimax theater” (45 reviews)
“all ages” (130 reviews)
“discovery room” (32 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:30 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 1 week ago

When we were here on a Sunday it was very crowded, but it's a wonderful place to take smaller kids to.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is interesting for about an hour but has too much that has a required paid for a ticket. For something that is free -- it sure does cost a lot.

Thank JaneGB
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Most larger cities have some sort of children's museum or hands on science center. But, this one is different from most in several ways. First, it has all the normal aspects and exhibitions you expect to find with hands on experiences. However, most of these...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With our hotel stay we got tickets for zoo, science center, and botanical Gardens. Science Center was a big hit with the children lots of learning as you play activities pretty crowded recommend close watch on children. We had a wide range from grandparents to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the minute you enter the Science Center you will have a difficult decision to make; What to do first.🚀🤖🌏🌘🎟📽 The first question you will have is when does this amazing center of learning and activities close!🕰😥 The third challenge will be who gets to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This facility always offers family friendly events and eyecatching attractions. I plan on going back soon.

Thank Angie T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First of all, this place is designed for families...and will be of interest to all age groups. i became a devoted fan when my son (a PhD candidate in Material Science at the University of Illinois (okay, I'm bragging:-)...) and I were in the hall...More

Thank Leonard K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went just for the King Tut Exhibit which was a Christmas present. The exhibit was excellent. I know it has ended, but would recommend it if they ever bring it back again. The ticket provided us with an audio guide so you could move thru...More

Thank Janice M
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Reviewed 15 January 2018

This is a good museum and free, although parking is $10 it's totally worth it. We went on a busy Saturday so it was difficult to get our hands on some exhibits as would be expected.

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Reviewed 13 January 2018

We joined the Science Center last year when the grandkids were in town. This week I got an e-mail asking me to renew my membership. I did, and my wife saw somewhere that there was a new Imxax moving showing about the South Pacific. So...More

Thank Stu K
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784David_W784
24 June 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
19 February 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
11 July 2016|
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Response from John W | Property representative |
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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