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Saint Louis Science Center

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Address: 5050 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-1460
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+1 314-289-4400
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09:30 - 16:30
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 16:30
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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With the mission "to ignite and sustain lifelong science and...

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.

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Went here for a movie, lots of fun. Had a seat right next to the projector, blocked out the lower bit of the screen. Not that I was looking that direction but just some fod for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Utes1914
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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135 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went here for a movie, lots of fun. Had a seat right next to the projector, blocked out the lower bit of the screen. Not that I was looking that direction but just some fod for thought. Rest of the Center is great, well worth a visit

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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37 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The St. Louis Science Center is a great place for families to visit. It is in the same area as Forest Park and the St. Louis Zoo, so if you get rained out of any activities there, this is a great back up. Don't get me wrong though, it is a great place to visit on its own and you... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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73 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As a lifelong St.Louisan , I am always proud to show off our Science Center. Admission is free! There is a fee for parking. You could also park in Forest Park and take the trolley or street park and walk.There are interactive free exhibits on many levels and you could spend all day there easily. For an additional fee, there... More 

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Saint Louis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Looking for a fun, FREE and educational family activity! This place is for you. It is a totally different venue than City Museum so don't think "Well we are already doing one museum type thing so let's skip out on the other." DO BOTH! If you are looking for the Educational component WITH hands on learning and COOL stuff you... More 

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Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Science Center one day last week. Had a good time there. Cant beat the admission price but you do have to pay to park ($10). The grand-kids had a great time with all the hands on exhibits and about wore us out!! One can spend quite a bit of time there. The OMNI theatre and other things... More 

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Tony H- Thanks for your visit. Please do return to see ALL that we have to offer families for hands-on learning! -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

Monmouth, Illinois
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice place to spend time with your family- very crowded over the holiday break. They have a variety of activities for the kids and it is worth the visit.

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Notesfork- Yes, we do tend to attract many families, especially during holiday breaks. We're glad you enjoyed yourselves. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yet another great hands on place in this city. FREE to get in and enjoy all the exhibits. Plenty to see and learn for all ages. The only charge would be for the Planetarium or movie theater.

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Frank C- Thanks for visiting. We're glad you enjoyed yourself and our free exhibits. Come back sometime to check out our great program activities. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Regular admittance is free, which is great. Parking was $10. We didn't enter the discovery area that was $4/person and you have to get tickets and it was busy enough the next couple of hours were sold out. Kids loved the dinosaur/digging area, the radar detectors on the bridge and the science lab probably the most. We went to one... More 

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Dealmom83- Thanks for choosing to visit us along with a couple of our sister institutions during your stay in St. Louis. We're glad you enjoyed some of our more play-based activities for your 4 & 7 year-olds, but regret that holiday crowds seem to have kept you from seeing everything we have to offer. We hope you can return to... More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great stop for a half day or just a couple of hours. Very hands on learning. It's free with only $10 parking. Great for toddlers through elementary / middle school age.

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Thank Cheryl J
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Cheryl J- Thanks for visiting us - we're pleased you found us a good family destination. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

Hutchinson, Kansas
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82 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family enjoyed our visit to the Science Center. Because of time, we only visited the free exhibits. There are opportunities for kids of all ages. No question we had fun and enjoyed the wide range of family orientated activities. Parking is free if you park by the planetarium and walk across the highway. You can spend as much time... More 

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

HHSRick- Thanks for spending time with us over the holidays. We're glad everyone had such a good time. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

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