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Saint Louis Science Center

5050 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-1460
+1 314-289-4400
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Went here for a movie, lots of fun. Had a seat right next to the projector, blocked out the lower... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2017
Utes1914
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Columbus, Georgia
A great place to visit...more for younger kids though

The St. Louis Science Center is a great place for families to visit. It is in the same area as... read more

Reviewed 12 January 2017
Jason C
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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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.
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“discovery room” (37 reviews)
“all ages” (135 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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5050 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-1460
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

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...More

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2017

Utes1914- We're pleased you enjoyed your visit, but sorry that the IMAX projector housing was a bit of an issue for you. Having the projector's fish-eye lens in the center is critical in making for such an immersive experience. But good to know that some...More

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Reviewed 12 January 2017

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...More

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2017

Jason C- Thanks for your comments and recommendations, for the inner kid in all of us. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations

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Reviewed 12 January 2017

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...More

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2017

Julztad- Thanks for your kudos and support - and your return visits! We hope you're already a Member, to get the most out of us. Hope to see you again soon. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations

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Reviewed 9 January 2017

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...More

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2017

Maleighac- Thanks very much for your shout out on our mix of learning and fun. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations

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Reviewed 2 January 2017

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!!...More

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

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

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Reviewed 2 January 2017

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 reviewResponded 6 January 2017

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

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Reviewed 1 January 2017 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 reviewResponded 6 January 2017

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

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Reviewed 30 December 2016 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...More

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

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...More

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Reviewed 30 December 2016 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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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

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

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Reviewed 29 December 2016

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...More

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John W, Manager at Saint Louis Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

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

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9:30-4:30 Saturdays & 11-4:30 Sundays. The museum is free. Special exhibits are extras around $8-10. Parking is $10-12, unless you park on free parking side of Planetarium and walk over the sky bridge.
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