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Saint Louis Science Center

5050 Oakland Avenue


The Saint Louis Science Center traces its roots to the Academy of Science of St. Louis, founded in 1856 as the first scientific organization west of the Mississippi River. In 1959, the Academy created the Museum of Science and Natural History in Clayton's Oak Knoll Park. When the Metropolitan Zoological Park & Museum District (ZMD) was formed in 1971, the Museum of Science and Natural History became a member, independent from the Academy, which continues to operate as a separate entity to this day.

The Museum then outgrew the facilities at Oak Knoll Park in the mid-1980s and, in 1984, the Museum acquired the James S. McDonnell Planetarium from the City of St. Louis. After extensive renovations, the Planetarium reopened in 1985 as the Saint Louis Science Center.

Following a $34 million expansion to construct the current main building on Oakland Avenue, the Science Center opened November 2, 1991, in its larger footprint including the five story OMNIMAX  Theater and a highway-spanning connection bridge. The Science Center added the EXPLORADOME in 1997 in order to provide an additional space for large traveling exhibitions. With the popularity of the EXPLORADOME, the Science Center took action to create a permanent exhibition space. In October, 2011 Boeing Hall opened dedicating 13,000 square feet of exhibit space for traveling exhibitions.

The Saint Louis Science Center was named a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, the first in the St. Louis area in 2016. This title provides access of Smithsonian artifacts, traveling exhibits, and educational collaborations locally and nationally.


Micah Usher

Friday, May 25, 2018
Always a great place to spend time learning about the science behind everyday (and sometimes not so everyday) things. "Dig" up Dinosaur bones, watch a planetarium show, find out how earthquakes, electricity or construction work, fly a flight simulator, have a brain wave battle with a friend or catch a catch a car speeding down the highway on the bridge between the planetarium and the main building. Usually had something new and fun to learn about and it's always a good time to go. Great for kids (and big Kids) too!

Justin McKoon

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Loads of fun! Going here is a must do if you have young children interested in science, is pretty fun as an adult as well. This was the perfect choice in a place to go with my kids on a rainy day. The theater costs a little bit extra, but most everything else is free. It is absolutely worth it though, probably one of the better IMAX experiences I've had.

Sara Jones

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
The St. Louis Science Center is phenomenal to visit!! We went to see the Expedition- Moon exhibit and were blown away. Lots of cool artifacts and very well put together. It is easy to find off interstate 64 and parking is free easy as well. The museum has lots of other exhibits to offer and is great for families amd young children alike!

Shatark Bajpai

Friday, June 1, 2018
It has many activities and display for the kids. Good mix of science stuff which is very educational for kids, its a kind of play and learn. Free admission makes it special. There are food court, gift shops, science center and more. Shows and exhibits entry fees are reasonable. Few shows are free. Dinosaur attract most of the visitors. A lot for kids to explore.

Eran Greenberg

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
This place is really nice. For a free museum it has a lot of great activities and displays. It was extremely crowded when we were there but in the afternoon when less people were there you could actually try all the activities and it was interesting and fun. There are better science museums in other cities but they are very expensive.

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