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Saint Louis Science Center

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Address: 5050 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110
Phone Number: 314.289.4400
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11:00 - 04:30
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Sun 11:00 - 04:30
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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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Very interactive and fun for the entire family. Information for adults and hands on fun for kids. And big kids too.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very interactive and fun for the entire family. Information for adults and hands on fun for kids. And big kids too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice museum-great for all ages. I would recommend this to friends or family members interesting in planning activities while visiting St. Louis

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

Jessica M- Thanks very much for your visit and review! -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are members of the Perot Museum in Dallas, and part of our membership entitles us to free entry to other museums across the country. On a road trip, we stopped in the St. Louis Science Center. Now that we've been to several science centers, we've learned that they all do somethings similar to one another and other things very... More 

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

Princessebird- As you're such a science museum fan, we really appreciate your visit and your viewpoint. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

Hannibal, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Dinosaurs! A large swirling marble! A giant spinning treadmill! A glass screened bridge as you look and monitor the speed of incoming traffic! Aviation and Space information! Do elementary experiments! An infant mummy! College students leading experiments in the lower level! An Omnimax Theater that is currently showing the Mysteries of China (focusing on the Terracotta Warriors). Cool stuff. And... More 

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

Anderson213- As you so nicely described, we think we're a great place for EVERYONE to learn and get excited about science. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

Tranby
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Science Center has many great exhibits for kids, but they might not be that appealing to adults. The technology of the OMNIMAX theater seemed a bit outdated, but the content - I watched a documentary about the Terracotta Army excavated in China - is really good.

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

T Alexander L- I regret that you found us lacking, as compared to your view of the nearby World Chess Hall of Fame, but we're pleased you enjoyed "Mysteries of China" in the OMNIMAX Theater. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to the Saint Louis Science Center many, many times since the Oakland Ave construction was completed. We were members for many years as our children were avid participants of many of the activities. But until our friends invited us, I've never watched a movie while lying on the floor of the Planetarium! I do not know how... More 

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

NXTTRP- Part of being a place for all is having niche experiences, such as in our Planetarium, with Nova Nights or just the experience in all of our star shows of being able to lay down beneath the starry sky. We're glad you enjoyed it - welcome back! -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you thought learning stops at childhood- think again! This multiplex complete withan Omni theater and a Planetarium, is well worth whatever you spend there for food- it is FREE to go! New outdoor/indoor exhibit on how food is grown- perfect for all ages. Very "hands-on" and fun and entertaining for all ages. Some walking, but elevators available.

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

Sue M- Thanks for highlighting our suitability for all ages. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

Bengaluru, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From earthquake to forms of energy, everything illustriously explained for even a 4 year old could understand. Another must see

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

Manas01- We appreciate your visit and kind words. -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my two grandsons and 8 month old granddaughter. I didn't think it had been that long since we have been there, but there is a whole new outside exhibit! Including tractors, plants, milking cows, etc. Really great day!

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

Barbara B- We're really pleased that you so enjoyed our one-acre outdoor GROW exhibit on the science of food. It opened in mid-June, so it wasn't really that long since your last visit. But don't wait too long for your next one - between new films in the Omnimax Theater, special programs and demos, or our ongoing program to revitalize... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Numerous activities and exhibits that will keep the kids occupied for many hours depending upon their stamina and imagination. And it's free, although there are some events for fee as well (i.e. IMAX).

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

Ddrischell- We're pleased you found us so stimulating! -John Wharton, Managing Director of Facility Operations More 

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