Science Center photo by Bob Moore

Exploring the Saint Louis Science Center

The St. Louis Science Center is located just south of Forest Park. The facility is connected to the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park via a walkway across Highway 64. Visitors can enjoy numerous interactive exhibits and educational programs in a space station environment.

Visitors will experience the simulation of a space launch as they are transported via the 'StarShuttle' (elevator) to the facility's two upper levels, collectively called the Boeing Space Station. In the SkyBay, over 9,000 twinkling stars and glowing planets can be seen slowly moving across the new 80 sq. ft. dome

Hours: Monday - Thursday & Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Planetarium closes at 4:30 p.m. on Friday) Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is no admission fee to the Science Center. However, there is a nominal charge for shows in the OMNIMAX® Theater, the Planetarium and some traveling exhibitions in the Exploradome.

Directions: The Saint Louis Science Center is located at 5050 Oakland Avenue St. Louis, MO 63110. The James S. McDonnell Planetarium, with the Looking Up” sculpture by artist Tom Friedmanin, is located in Forest Park. The facility connects to the Saint Louis Science Center via a walkway over I-64. For more information, call 314-289-4400 or 1-800-456-7572 (Saint Louis Science Center is scheduled to reopen Saturday, June 20, 2020. All members and guests will be required to have a timed ticket reservation available via slsc.org.)


Looking Up Statue photo by Betty Moore

"Looking Up", a 33.3-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture by St. Louis artist Tom Friedmanin, is located in front of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park.

Saint Louis Science Center photo by Bob Moore

The Saint Louis Science Center reopened the newly renovated OMNIMAX Theater in November 2019, after undergoing a four-month, comprehensive update including: better accessibility to serve guests with visual and hearing impairments; and, the ability to live stream and simulcast. The renovated OMNIMAX Theater is just one of four domes in the world featuring IMAX with Laser.


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