We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Science Center of Iowa

401 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309-4776
+1 515-274-6868
Website
Save
Review Highlights
Interactive Fun

We visited on a very hot Saturday afternoon and it wasn't too crowded. There's many interactive... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
briegel22
via mobile
Average

For what it cost it was pretty small. Other science centers we have visited have had a lot more... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kristi H
via mobile
Read all 222 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“imax theater” (21 reviews)
“egg drop” (9 reviews)
LOCATION
401 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309-4776
CONTACT
Website
+1 515-274-6868
Write a Review
Reviews (222)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

1 - 10 of 221 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on a very hot Saturday afternoon and it wasn't too crowded. There's many interactive exhibits geared towards kids, but as adults we had a great time as well. Highlights include building and launching paper rockets, don't break the egg drop, building a keystone...More

Thank briegel22
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For what it cost it was pretty small. Other science centers we have visited have had a lot more activities. But our son had fun so that's all that matters

Thank Kristi H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love a good science museum and have been to a number of them, but this is a real gem. Kids were everywhere doing hands-on things. Very educational, entertaining, and a safe environment. The I-Max has several shows from which to choose every hour. The...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The 2nd Friday of the month is family day with $5 admission to the museum or $5 admission to the Imax theater. I choose the movie and $5 is less than a matinee at a regular theater. Great deal!

Thank busy_traveler
Reviewed 13 July 2017

There are some really solid exhibits for kids, plenty of hands on activities. Even though this place is clearly geared towards kids, adults can find some enjoyment for special showings of movies in IMAX theater. Have to pay for parking which I think should be...More

Thank Glenn P
Reviewed 11 July 2017

If you want to learn something new; or feel smart or not so smart, the Science Center is for you. After your science fun, take in an IMAX movie.

Thank jlsixtyeight
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

We were here on a Thursday and there were many kids from buses here as well. I bought the grandparents' pass, so we can go when we want. The pros are the IMAX theater, the presentations, the starlight theater and the various activities for kids....More

Thank init4keeps
Reviewed 22 June 2017

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 4 June 2017

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 26 May 2017

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
Nearby
Nearby Restaurants
El Bait Shop
199 reviews
.16 km away
Hessen Haus
203 reviews
.12 km away
High Life Lounge
77 reviews
.16 km away
RoCA
79 reviews
.28 km away
Nearby Attractions
Downtown Farmers Market
287 reviews
.48 km away
Principal Park
175 reviews
.47 km away
Des Moines Civic Center
145 reviews
.52 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Eiofarmgirl
4 December 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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
1
Vote
rubypeanut
31 May 2016|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
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
2
Votes
momof3gems
20 June 2015|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from deegeegirl | Reviewed this property |
They are one in the same.
0
Votes