The St. Louis Science Museum is one of the largest science museums in the country. The main gallery is over 700 exhibits from dinosaurs to a cyberville where art and technology come together. It also has a Planetarium, Omnimax Theatre and a Discovery Room. The Discovery room is a great place for young scientists aged 3-7 to explore a range of interactive exhibits. We provide exhibits that allow children to experiment with the properties of magnets, or explore the ways in which water behaves at the water table, and children can even dress up at the medical area or native American area.
Best of all, general admission is free. All special exhibit areas are extra.
St Louis weather can be unpredictable. On days when the weather isn't cooperating, the Science Center is the perfect place to go! It's free to get in and explore the abundance of kid-friendly and educational exhibits. Everything is hands on and there's plenty of space for kids to run around and burn some energy. The Omnimax, a HUGE theater, costs extra but is a must-do experience. The kids will be in awe! My daughter's favorite exhibit is the life-size dinosaurs. Talk about cool!!
I have been going to the Science Center since I was little and it has just gotten better and better every year. The center is now a couple buildings; the older one has more traditional exhibits and the the newer one has some great new stuff that's more interactive. Go on a nice day since there's stuff to do outside as well.
One of my favorite attractions in St. Louis. It has fun for everyone. It's not even that expensive. There are a lot of hands-on activities that make learning fun. It kind of reminds me of Epcot a little. I especially like how they have a bridge over a huge highway overpass and a bunch of radar guns where you can see how fast the cars are going by.
This is an amazing science museum!! I'm so happy that we decided to go there when we were visiting my family in St. Louis. I loved the dinosaur exhibit, and there was something new to learn and see around every corner! I loved the theatre as well! Was perfect to rest my feet.
This museum was fun and educational. There was plenty to do for kids of all ages. It is also interesting for the adults as well. They have an Imax theater in the museum which makes for a nice break when needed. Make sure to plan ahead if you want to watch a movie the tickets seem to sell out quick.
My kids loved it here especially the part where the bridge over the highway and the windows were they could look down at the cars driving on the freeway. It was very well explorative for them as well as educational we will definently be going back there again.
I have a 5 yo and a 3 yo boy and saw lots of interesting things on our trip to the science museum. We even had a chance to go to their discovery playhouse room, which is normally an extra fee, for free which was exicting for the boys. Beyond that, though, the museum proved to be a little over the boys' heads.
The science museum is a great place for the kids to run around, have fun and learn. The museum is FREE! All you have to pay is parking. A plus when you have a large family. Our kids love going to the museum and each time we have gone they have had something different to see or do.
This place is huge and can provide hours of entertainment. And best thing of all? It is 100% free! There are movies, activities and more. My children had a blast and even better? It was raining outside so provided great entertainment for the kids when there was nothing else to do. You can build your own web page, do hands on science experiments and more. The only downside? It was pretty crowded (maybe the weather?) so you had to wait a while to experience a lot of it.
The science center is free but you pay for parking (unless you are a member). The two most interesting things in the museum are a walking path that goes across the freeway with windows to look below you and the Build-A-Bear that is inside. The exhibits are older and for older kids. The shows put on by people who work there were okay. We attended the shows because we couldn't find any exhibits to entertain a two-year-old.
What is not to love about the St Louis Science Center. It is free to enter and there are so many exhibits and interactive displays to keep everyone busy. For and additional fee, you can enjoy te Omnimax theatre or the James McDowell Planetarium. For the youngest visitors, they also have the Discovery Room which is a small fee. The Discovery Room is filled with many interactive stations from music to medicine to a enormous water table. There are many traveling exhibits that come through the Science Center and if you park at the "old" Planetarium entrance parking is free.
The Science Center is a great place to spend the day. I have visited the Science Center several times with day care classes and school field trips. Althoughmy daughter enjoyed her trip there, she was not as excited about it as the Zoo and even commented that she would rather go to the zoo.
There are some great exhibits though and most children are going to enjoy them (and adults too!)
I took my grandson to the Science Center last summer only to find the same free stuff that they had when I took my own kids years ago. Paid a few dollars for him to play in the Discovey Room which was fine but the sessions are only 45 minutes long. Although there is no admission to enter the Science Center, all the "good stuff" has an additional charge.
Another great free thing to do in St. Louis! There are all kinds of exhibits for children to learn from. The IMAX and planetarium cost extra, but are worth it if there is a good show playing, or if your child is old enough for the planetarium. A great place to spend a rainy afternoon!
I took my kids here a few months ago. It was truely fun. My kids are 8 and 3 and they loved it. Mainly my 8 year old. My favorite part was pretending to be a scientist! Complete with the lab coats, goggles and gloves. We did crime solving and they had a lot of fun! They have a mechanical Dinosaur that kind of scared my 3 year old but my 8 year old liked it. This is more aimed for the kids, not so much the adults but it is definitely a lot of fun for your children!
We go here all the time - it's free - and especially enjoy the mechanical life-size dinosaurs and the room with the dinosaur bones and dinosaur figurines. The play room on the 2nd floor is fabulous, but I wish you could stay for more than half an hour at a time. We also really like the area where you can watch cars on the highway driving under your feet.
I think it is over rated and over priced. Nine dollars for 30 minutes of an extremely crowded room. Too much reading and not enough demos. My boys were bored. I was nervous with all the people. It was just a crazy mess. Not only is it 9 dollars per person but you have to pay 9 dollars to park.
I don't know what I can say that hasn't already been covered!! The Science Museum, to me, was the best part of the trip!! My nieces especially loved the covered walkway with the radar gun that told you how fast the cars on the highway below were going!! My favorite part walking through the Titanic showcase that was a featured exhibit during the time we were there. The little snack bar downstairs by the Omnimax was good and not unreasonably priced for museum food. Made a wonderful end to a great trip!!
The Saint Louis Science Center has loads of great hands-on exhibits and shows that learning can definitely be FUN. You have to pay to park in the lot directly next to the museum, but admission is free. However, if you park in Forest Park by the Planetarium, you can walk through the Planetarium to get to the museum. Kids will love this because there is a walkway over the highway and you can stand there and watch the cars drive underneath. The Discovery Room is for smaller children and requires a small additional fee. There are other attractions that require additional admission, like the OMNIMAX theatre or LEGO Mindstorms. Check the website before you go because they sometimes offer deals if you purchase admission to several attractions. There is a cafe area to purchase and eat snacks. There is even a Build-A-Dino (just like Build-A-Bear) onsite so your kids can make their own souvenir to treasure.
Entrance is free. Some special exhibits (and the movie theatre) cost good money (as much as $15 for an adult ticket for some exhibits). I recommend the Lego room for $3, the Omnimax Theatre for $8, and the Space Show (in the aviation wing) for $5.
I used to live (and homeschool my children) in St. Louis and used this as another educational tool. For out-of-town 1-time visitors, I would suggest that if you are attending with children ages 3 and under to plan on spending 4 hours or less. For older children and adults, I would recommend staying an entire day.
For new to the area or frequent visitors, I would suggest getting a good idea of everything offered at the Science Center (see slsc.org - though the website doesn't do this place justice) and choose what to do in advance. Too many people do not get a full appreciation of everything offered at this facility.
The omnimax (IMAX) theatre is wonderful and offers many great movies. There is also a Planetarium, complete aviation wing with real space crafts and teaching tools and models of aircrafts. There is a flight simulator that you can control a small plane (it's neat that you can fly around St. Louis as the backdrop and do loops through the arch!)! There is an area to learn about genetics, another for sound, another on earthquakes, tornados, dinosaurs (fully size fake dinosaurs that move and make noise captivate the little ones for a long time) and archeaology, there's a Build-a-Bear Workshop on the bottom floor (only it's a special dinosaur rendition ... your Build-a-Bear member card will work there too). You can also learn about constructions and the principles involved with building. You can walk across a huge indoor bridge to cross I-64 and look out at the traffic.
The other thing I would mention is that there is free parking on the north side of I-64, but pay-to-park parking only on the south side of the highway.
I would also recommend visiting the aviation wing for half of a day, then going to the nearby Missouri History Museum for their Lindbergh exhibit! This makes a great, complete aviation field trip!