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“Free, educational and fun for the kids.”

Saint Louis Science Center
Ranked #14 of 253 things to do in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Lebanon, Illinois, United States
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35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Free, educational and fun for the kids.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2012

This one of the several free family things to do in St. Louis. There are some pay exhibits, but the kids always enjoy it. If you go on a weekend, it is going to be very busy.

Thank Jason M
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Clayton, Missouri
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“Good for Membership”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2012

When my Girls were growing up I always had a Membership. It was easier than coming up with the money every they wanted to go. The OmniMax was awesome. Enjoy everything about the St. Louis Science Center

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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410 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“A place for the family!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2012

This is a great place to spend a day, especially a rainy one! You will enjoy the comfort and quality of the Science Center. The exhibits are well done, and the movies are exceptional. The prices for food/refreshments are on the high side, so feed the kids before going.

Thank jerrycoin
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Ames, Iowa
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16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Childhood memories”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

Not much has changed since my childhood memories. A lot of the stuff that was there then is still there, but many more displays have been included. What I have to point out is that this is a interactive facility, so the audience is mainly for kids. It's still really fun though, everything is made colorful and interesting. Also seeing happy children makes me happy too. I'm glad after so many years, the facility is still so well kept.

To get there I advise you to go in through Forest Park. The museum has two buildings linked together by a skywalk. One side is next to St. Louis high school and the other is in Forest Park.

Visited March 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Small but mighty”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2012

Went specifically for the Star Trek exhibit, but walked around the rest of the museum. I find most science centers to be kid-oriented, and this one is no different -- exhibits were definitely created to cater to the youngins, so as an adult, I wasn't really enthralled with most of the permanent exhibits. The dinosaur and Civil War sections were exceptions to that -- I was fascinated by both (even though the former was definitely a kid-centered thing).

The Star Trek exhibit was good, too -- worth it for the fan if you can get beyond inaccuracies in their timeline and the replicas of props and models. They had a lot of genuine props, models, costumes, and "masks", though, and that totally made up for the filler.

Visited March 2012
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