Saint Louis Science Center

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Key Info

5050 Oakland Ave.

Price & Hours

Free
Mon-Sat 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Sun 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Details

Museums, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Just south of Forest Park's Oakland Avenue border lies the Saint Louis Science Center. At this free museum, travelers can check out more than 700 hands-on exhibits about animals, space, weather and skyscrapers, among other topics. Complimentary science experiments and live demonstrations are available as well.

According to past visitors, the Saint Louis Science Center offers ample ways to keep kids of all ages entertained. However, some museumgoers lamented the crowded atmosphere, particularly on Saturdays, while others wished activities like planetarium shows and Discovery Room experiences did not cost extra. Travelers who drive here and do not park for free at the planetarium will also need to set aside additional funds for parking in the museum's lot, which costs between $10 and $12, depending on the season.

For those who do not drive, there are two easy ways to get to the property: by MetroLink and by trolley. The closest MetroLink station is Central West End, which is located less than a mile northeast. The Green Forest Park Trolley is even more convenient; its No. 6 stop is situated outside the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. The museum is open from Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets for select activities, such as IMAX films and planetarium shows, are sold through the online ticket portal, but passes for classes, flight simulators and Discovery Room experiences can only be purchased on-site. Other available facilities include four casual dining venues, an area for nursing mothers, restrooms, a gift shop and a Build-A-Bear store with customizable plush dinosaurs. Visit the Saint Louis Science Center's website to learn more.

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