Wonders of Saint Louis Science Center

Welcome to the Science Center of St. Louis! The Center began in 1856 when the St. Louis Academy of Science was founded as the first scientific community west of the Mississippi. Over the years, it has become one of the world’s leading scientific discovery and exploration destinations.

The Museum of Science and Natural History was established in 1959 by the Academy in Clayton’s Oak Knoll Park. In 1971, we joined the Metropolitan Zoological Park & Museum District (ZMD) and operated separately from the Academy. As we expanded, we needed more space. In 1984, we acquired the McDonnell Planetarium from St. Louis.

The St. Louis Science Center was established in 1985 after extensive renovations. The former McDonnell Planetarium housed the center until 1991 when a significant expansion project included the addition of the OMSNIMAX Theater and a connecting bridge.

In 1997, we added a dedicated space for our large traveling exhibitions, showcasing diverse scientific topics. In 2011, we opened our new 13,000-square-foot “Boeing Hall” for traveling exhibitions, featuring interactive displays and immersive experiences. In 2016, we opened GROW—a permanent exhibit concentrated on the journey of food from farm to fork—taking over the space formerly occupied by the EXPLOURADOME. GROW offers visitors a unique perspective on the global food system and the importance of sustainable agriculture.

We are proud to be a Smithsonian Affiliate Institution and the American Alliance Of Museums (AAMC) and to have received the Roy L. Schafer Leading Edge Award for Excellence in Science Education.

The regular opening hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 9:30 am—4:30 pm, and Sunday, 11:00 am—4:30 pm. Please note that they are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please note that the last entry into the building will be 30 minutes before closing time.

If you would like to make a reservation or have any other questions, please call us Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 9:30 pm, Sunday, 10:30 am – 10:30 pm. Please call us at (314) 289-4424 to make your reservation. Please know that some exhibits, attractions, and spaces may close now.

The Saint Louis Science Center is a one-of-a-kind place full of wonders, discoveries, and fun. Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in our interactive exhibits, check out an educational film at our state-of-the-art OmnimAX Theater, or dive headfirst into the world of science, we’ve got something for everyone! We can’t wait to whet your science lovers’ appetites and ignite your curiosity.

With the selection of amenities, you can enjoy convenience and comfort throughout your time at the Science Center. On the lower level of the Oakland Building, personal lockers are available for 25 cents to store your belongings. Nursing mothers can find privacy and serenity in the designated nursing room on the same level as the rest of the Science Center. Although not mandatory, this secluded area provides a peaceful environment for breastfeeding, with benches and chairs strategically placed throughout the Science Center to add to the comfort.

Safety is their top priority, so they have a First Aid room off the lobby of the Oakland Building. It’s staffed and fully equipped to deal with minor medical emergencies or concerns. If you’ve lost something, don’t hesitate to contact them. They’ll gladly help you get it back at the Information Desk or call the lost & found hotline. They also offer complimentary wheelchair and stroller rentals in the Oakland Building’s lobby and lobby areas. A small selection of motorized scooters is available upon request for added mobility. The only downside is that you’ll have to pay a $25 registration fee.

The Science Center was an absolute delight for families with young children ranging from infants through to 5 years of age. With fun exhibits and hands-on activities, the whole family had a fantastic time discovering science together.

Although the Discovery Center does require an additional fee, it was lauded by visitors for its unique and engaging educational experience. Many guests found it to be a valuable investment, as it offered them unparalleled hands-on learning and discovery opportunities.

Whether you’re entranced by the wonders of the dinosaurs, enthralled by the mysteries of the universe, or eager to explore the wonders of modern technology, there’s something for everyone at the St Louis Science Center. From awe-inspiring exhibits to thrill-inducing simulator rides, the Science Center is your one-stop shop for science lovers looking for adventure and discovery.

The mission of Saint Louis Science Center is to ignite curiosity and engage young and old alike in science. The vision is for a society where science is a passion shared by all, and science improves lives, transforms communities, and empowers future generations.

Through exhibits, programs, and initiatives, Saint Louis Science Center strives to develop an inclusive and equitable environment where people from all walks of life, regardless of their background, can discover the miracles of science and unlock their full potential.

Join them in inspiring a lifelong love of science and lifelong education as they work to build a better future through discovery and exploration.

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