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Saint Louis Science Center
Ranked #15 of 263 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 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Saint Charles, Missouri
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2014

We'd been waiting for the opportunity to see this movie at the SLSC Imax for some time, so it was with no small amount of anticipation that we arrived on New Years Eve. We'd already procured the tickets online so we breezed through the entrance thinking how cool we were. Well, we learned only the 'Fonz can be cool. There was a line extending around both entrance doors. OK, no problem. We got in line and waited patiently as all good citizens should. This is where it started going south. I'm going to guess since it was the holiday, only junior staff members had to work. An usher/ticket taker encouraged several attendees to move to the other door, then proceeded to let all those people in while not opening the original door. HUH? So everyone who had waited the longest got in last. So not cool! On to the movie. I'm not sure I know exactly what I was expecting, but whatever it was, this wasn't it. The camera work was 'OK'. The structure and plot of the movie seemed to focus on holidays celebrated by different religions who live there (albeit not always peacefully) with a little history thrown in for appearance's sake. Maybe I'm too prejudiced, I was looking for more history and less holiday. In fairness, there were some pretty good scenes of the neighborhoods, but not enough to get a sense of what the city is really like. I wouldn't recommend it, but if for nothing else, it's worth going to remind us that we can live together in a harmonious society if we really try.

Visited December 2013
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Savannah, Georgia
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great for kids and adults”
Reviewed 3 January 2014

Our crew of 4 adults and 2 kids 4-6yrs of age had a wonderful and interesting day here at the science center. We went in April and spent about 2 - 3 hours here looking at the dino dig and bugs and rocks and all kinds of stuff. My niece and I went into the science lab and learned more about our fingerprints. That was fascinating for us both. They have 2 separate food areas. The main entrance has a cool gizmo gadget so dont forget to look up...you cant miss it.

Visited April 2013
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Savannah, Georgia
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Science center always great but watch before paying for the special exhibits”
Reviewed 19 December 2013 via mobile

We love going to the science center every time we are in STL. They have some old standby exhibits that don't change and my three boys still love them.

We just went again and saw the Jerusalem movie and the special exhibit called Harry's Bugs. The Jerusalem movie was pretty good and worth the money. Don't waste your money on the bug exhibit. It was ok but not worth the money. Worse it seemed like an advertisement for a pest control company. We enjoyed the new exhibit on electricity. It was also an ad but at least it was free.

As always entrance into the science center is free and there is plenty to do without paying a cent other than the $10 parking.

Visited December 2013
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Troy, Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Can't beat it!”
Reviewed 10 December 2013 via mobile

By far the best place to take kids when you need an indoor activity day on a budget. Free admission. Free parking on the planetarium side. Can easily spend an entire afternoon here without a moment of boredom. LOVE this place!

Visited December 2013
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Ozark, Missouri, United States
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great for kids”
Reviewed 9 December 2013 via mobile

The science center had the unbelievable price of zero. Not much you can do with kids for less. If you park on the planetarium side parking is also free. Don't miss the hands on experiments for the future scientists. There are small charges for extra activities but still a great value. Don't let the dinosaur get you.

Visited November 2013
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