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“Nice museum, not overly impressive, but nice”

Saint Louis Science Center
Ranked #27 of 274 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: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 27 April 2014

Overall a nice place with some nice exhibits. Entry is free, but some of the exhibits do cost money. We watched the Jerusalem movie, which was cool, although the large, curved screen was a bit weird. We also saw the dinosaur exhibit, which was just okay. The creator of it certainly did not miss any opportunity to plaster his name at every turn. With the admission being free it was a good time overall.

Thank Keith C
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

The attraction is free, though there are additional things to purchase. It small and it is cramped. We did not have a bad time by any means. But there have been many museums we have visited that were much, much better. I would advise visiting only if it is raining or if you want to save money. Free is a huge bonus, but not enough to suggest being at the top of sites to see in St.Louis.

Thank KentuckyDB
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

Forest Park is absolutely a highlight of St. Louis. With biking and running trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, and all of the other average things that one might expect in such a large place, Forest Park decides to throw in a few world class museums and a zoo. Most of these attractions are even FREE! (I think they may be over-achievers.)

And located within this gorgeous park is the St. Louis Science Center. The hands-on exhibits at this museum that actually makes learning FUN are never ending. You can build your very own Gateway Arch, experiment with gravity, and test a dozen or more scientific theories... all without paying even a penny!

But to really experience the Science Center, you must catch a show at planetarium, where you can choose from a variety of experiences in the solar system for a very small fee! And after the lights go up, browse through exhibits that will allow you to see just how life is up in space.

The Science Center also offers movies in their giant OMNIMAX Theater.

Thank Angela A
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

I went here excited about science and free admission but while it's free to enter, it costs to do pretty much everything else. The parking cost, most of the exhibits cost, and obviously the IMAX costs. Overall, we spent a lot of money on a supposedly free day. The free exhibits are mostly only interesting for children and were not kept up well when we went (ie dirty and broken). I did enjoy watching "Jerusalem" in the IMAX though.

Thank StaceyM1
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Lots of hands on science exhibits that appeal to all ages. The Discovery Room for preschoolers is wonderful. The kids love learning science here.

Thank JuneL
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