Over time we have noticed that the same questions seem to be on everyone's mind. Browse our list of the most frequently asked questions below. Don't see the answer to the question you have in mind? Call us at 314.289.4400 or contact us through email.
General admission to the Science Center is free. This includes access to more than ten various exhibition spaces, including the Life Science Lab, Human Adventure, Structures, Ecology and Environment, Dana Brown Paleo Lab, Ira and Judy Gall Amazing Science Demonstrations at CenterStage, Experience Energy and the new Makerspace.
For the general public, there are fees for parking, tickets to shows in the OMNIMAX® Theater and the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, tickets for the flight simulators, admission to the Discovery Room and admission to special exhibitions in Boeing Hall. Members of the Science Center receive free and discounted tickets.
For more information, please visit the individual pages for each attraction, the OMNIMAX® Theater, Planetarium, etc. or call 314.289.4400.
Our James S. McDonnell Planetarium is located within Forest Park and is connected to the main building at 5050 Oakland Avenue by a bridge that spans Highway 64. The bridge, also known as the Skybridge, takes people across the highway, through a tunnel and up into the Planetarium and Forest Park.
From April through October, the Forest Park Trolley makes a stop in the circle drive in front of the Planetarium. For a small fee, the Trolley can take you to other various Forest Park attractions, like the Saint Louis Zoo, Missouri History Museum, the Muny and more.
There is a large parking lot behind the main building at 5050 Oakland Avenue. It is $10 per vehicle to park, and there are designated spaces for vehicles with disabled placards and fuel efficient vehicles.
There is also a smaller lot located outside of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park, and that is free.
Before parking, you can also drop people off in the circle drive in front of the main entrance or in front of the Planetarium.
If you are planning on bringing your own food to the Science Center, you are permitted to eat outside of the Planetarium in Forest Park. No outside food is allowed inside of the premises.
The Science Center has three different locations that offer a variety of food and drinks, including sandwiches, salads, pizza and more. Food Service is available 9:30am until 4pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 4:30pm on Sundays. Visitors can enjoy their meals and snacks in two sitting areas near the Energizer Ball Machine. You are also allowed to bring food and drink into the OMNIMAX® Theater.
It really depends on you and how much time you have. If a family wanted to see the entire Science Center and experience all of the ticketed venues, you could be here all day. However you can get in several activities in just a few hours. Most paid venues take an average of 30 - 45 minutes, and attraction space can vary depending on your interest in the subject and how interactive you are with the various activities.
Can I take pictures in the Science Center?
Yes, photography is allowed with the exception of specified areas or exhibitions. Most of the time traveling special exhibitions do not allow photography within the actual exhibition space.
Professional photographers or videographers are advised to contact our media relations department.
Yes, we do have a nursing station on the lower level. Please go to the Visitor Information Desk in the main lobby, and they will unlock the door for you. While we do provide a private, secure area for nursing mothers, it is not required that you use this area. There are plenty of benches and/or chairs throughout the Science Center that would be easily accessible during your visit.
You can ask for a wheelchair or stroller at the Visitor Services Desk in the main lobby. After filling out a wheelchair loan form or a stroller rental form, you are free to use it for the day. At the end of your visit, you can return it to the Visitor Information Desk.