The Saint Louis Science Center is one
of only two science centers in the country with no general admission charge.
The Science Center consists of three buildings. The main Science Center
Building and the Exploradome exhibition hall are located just south of
Forest Park on 5050 Oakland Avenue. These facilities are connected to the
James S. McDonnell Planetarium located within Forest Park via a walkway
The Saint Louis
Science Center has its roots when the Academy of Science of St. Louis was
founded in 1856. The Academy's members displayed personal collections and
published scientific papers for the next 130 years. In 1959 the Museum of
Science and Natural History opened in St. Louis' Oak Knoll Park. In 1963 the
McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park opened. The two merged in 1985 to
become the St. Louis Science Center in Forest Park. By 1989 more than a
million visitors came to the Science Center overwhelming the facility's
exhibit space and a capital campaign was initiated to build a new facility
and renovate the Forest Park Building. The new building opened in 1991 and
during its first two months it became the most-visited science center in the
world. The next year the Forest Park Building reopened and continued its
tradition of focusing on space-related topics. The Exploradome, an
inflatable structure, gives the Science Center, more room for large
traveling exhibitions, opened in 1997.
The main building
holds many interesting attractions. The "DNA Zone" is the only
gallery in the world completely dedicated to the emerging science of
biotechnology and genetics. "Cyberville" is an exhibit that
focuses on computers, virtual reality and the Internet.
"Structures" explains how bridges and large buildings are
constructed. The "Human Adventure" exhibit explores senses,
creativity, and culture. There are three "Ecology and the
Environment" exhibits - Past, Present, and Future. The Discovery Room
is a hands-on science experience for families with young children.
McDonnell Planetarium houses the International Boeing Space Station that
allows visitors an opportunity to learn what it is like to live in space
through interactive exhibits, laboratories, and live demonstrations. In the
SkyBay, over 9,000 twinkling stars and glowing planets can be seen slowly
moving across the new 80 sq. ft. dome. The OMNIMAX® theatre is a four-story
dome theatre with wrap-around sight and sound. The Saint Louis Science Center is handicapped
accessible. Assistive Listening Devices, Braille visitor guides, TDD
machines and wheelchairs are available for check out.
Visiting the Saint
Louis Science Center
Monday - Saturday - 9:30 am - 4:30 pm; extended hours on Friday until 9:30
Sunday: 11:30am - 4:30pm
James S. McDonnell
Monday – Saturday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
- 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Check the link
to the Science Center's website below for details on the Omnimax Theater.
Admission to the Saint Louis Science Center is free.
There are admission charges to the Ominmax
Theater, the Boeing Space Station at the McDonnell Planetarium, and most
AT THE SCIENCE CENTER
more information call
314-289-4400 or visit the event's webpage
The events are free, tickets to the movie are on
a first come first served basis.
Geek out on the first Friday of every month! Learn the real
science behind science fiction and mingle with others interested
in the geekier side of life. Each month, First Friday features a
different theme, hands-on activities, pub-style trivia, engaging
presentations, photo ops for showing off your costume, and food
and drink specials.
The evening culminates with a free 10 pm screening of a classic
science fiction movie in the OMNIMAX® Theater introduced by a
local scientist. First Friday favorites like public telescope
viewings, a free 7 pm Planetarium star show, and special prices
for the Science Center’s regular OMNIMAX films are a staple at
every event. Parking at the Science Center is free during First
Forest Park Trolley Service
The Metro Forest Park Trolley Service line offers visitors to the
park an easy way of getting around to Forest Park’s attractions.
The Trolley Service for 2018 has ended. There are
two routes. The blue route serves the western side of the Park, with
stops at the World’s Fair Pavilion, Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Art
Museum and Emerson Grand Basin. The green route serves the eastern
side of Forest Park, with stops at the Jewel Box and the Saint Louis
Science Center's Planetarium. Both trolley routes make stops at the
Missouri History Museum, Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education
Center, The Muny and Boathouse as well as the Forest Park-DeBaliviere
MetroLink Station. Two convenient Park N’ Ride options are available
for visitors. Adult Trolley fares are $2 per adult. Children 5-12,
seniors and disabled passengers ride for $1. Click here for
Directions: The main Science Center building is on Oakland
Avenue just south of Forest Park and I-64. Oakland Avenue can be accessed by
either the Kingshighway South or Hampton South exits. The McDonnell
Planetarium is located in Forest Park. Free parking lots can be found near
N 38 37.733
W 90 16.200
Learn more about the
St. Louis area.
Louis Science Center
- Use the official site of the
Saint Louis Science Center
for answers to all
the questions you may have.