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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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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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We did not know what to expect. It was amazing, great place for the kids. A lot of hands on things to do to keep the children occupied.

Reviewed 5 days ago
Robert B
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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I did enjoy the actual museum, not an adult kind of fun,but if you have small children, it is free and lots of fun activities. Loved the omnimax and planetarium

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We did not know what to expect. It was amazing, great place for the kids. A lot of hands on things to do to keep the children occupied.

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Thank Robert B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went because they were having a special exhibit about Extreme Weather showing in the Omnimax Theater. That was amazing! We've been several times to enjoy the activities for the kids (and big kids). They're learning about science without realizing it and seeing that science is pretty cool. There's also a 2 story moving dinosaur in the middle of the... More 

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

Scotlover4546- We're pleased your kids of all ages enjoyed yourselves so much AND learned in the process. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

Joplin, Missouri
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibits were nice but nothing out of the ordinary if you have visited science museums before. The food is horrible (again, par for science museums) so pack a lunch or eat before you go. The best part is the actual science lab where kids get to put on lab coats and conduct experiements.

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Thank twinsmom0406
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

Twinsmom0406- Sorry we didn't meet your high expectations, but it's good to see you enjoyed our Life Science Lab. I think you'll find other previous reviewers would differ with your opinion of our food service. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

Harrison, Arkansas
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed several hours at the Science Center. Our 9 year old loved it and didn't want to leave. Our 14 year old enjoyed it. I found it very interesting and a great way to learn while having fun. The best part is it's free! If you park on the Planetarium side the parking is free. We could go... More 

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Thank TDM81
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

TDM81- Thanks for your visit and review. We love hearing that people of all ages have such a good time while learning. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great activities for the kids and can't beat the price! Exhibits and hands on activities kept us busy for a few hours.

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

Peter P- We're glad you enjoyed your recreational learning time with us. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operatons More 

Lisbon IA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a neat place to visit but extremely overcrowded. Great for those with younger children or elementary school age. Hands on exhibits and nice walkway over the interstate to the planetarium.

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Thank MrsWhite2011
John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this review

MrsWhite2011- Thanks for your visit, but we regret that you were put off by crowds when you came during Spring Break in March - a time when we usually have many such as yourselves taking in the highlights of St. Louis. When you return to St. Louis, if you want to visit us when the fewest number of people are... More 

Piedmont, OK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visit St. Louis about every year or two and always visit the Science Museum. They continue to revamp and improve it. This visit was my 15-year-old son and me. The newest thing we found was the Grow! area, which was completed June 2016. It has several agricultural exhibits, raised garden beds, a cutaway interactive cow digestive system, "milking" machine,... More 

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

Odyssey2002- Thanks for your glowing and comprehensive review, and for being a repeat visitor when you come to St. Louis. We're quite proud of GROW and pleased that you particularly enjoyed this one-acre outdoor exhibit on the science of agriculture and the role food plays in our lives. As you noted, we're always changing and updating - we hope to... More 

Lees Summit, Missouri, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They have improved within the last few years. Tons of new exhibits. There is a dino excavation area now as well as an interactive water play area outside that our toddler loved the most.

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

Kristen C- Thanks for your high rating, and for noting our many changes and upgrades to our exhibits. We're pleased you particularly enjoyed the Rain Play section of our new GROW exhibit on the science of agriculture and the role food plays in our lives. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We attended the Stormfest which was sponsored by Fox 2. The show at the Omni Max theater was great but the panel of Fox 2 meteorologist was over the top. They told about their jobs, giving the inside story on a typical day during the floods and tornados and then they took questions from the audience.

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

Rosalee E- We're delighted you enjoyed our Stormfest activities. Be on the look-out for more of these "SciFest" mini-science festival events. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

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