Area Map

Saint Louis Science Center Locations

We have a bridge over Interstate 64/Highway 40 that connects our main building to the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. 

 

Main Building – 5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110

James S. McDonnell Planetarium – 5100 Clayton Avenue, In Forest Park, St. Louis, MO 63110 

314.289.4400

Regular Hours*

Monday - Saturday: 9:30 - 4:30pm
Sunday:                11:00am - 4:30pm

Summer Season* 

(MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND TO LABOR DAY WEEKEND)

Monday - Saturday: 9:30 - 5:30pm
Sunday:                11:00am - 5:30pm

 

*Hours may vary. Hour changes and variations will be posted on our homepage.

 

FREE ADMISSION

Parking
  • Parking is available in our main lot located at 5050 Oakland Ave. Peak Season $12 (May 27 - September 4, 2017) Off Peak Season $10 (September 5 - May 25, 2018) Members - Free with valid membership card.
  • You may also park at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium for free. 
  • Parking for vehicles displaying disabled placards is available in a subsection of the main lot. Visitors may wish to drop off individuals with mobility concerns in the circle drive in front of the main entrance. Same pricing as general parking
  • Parking for fuel-efficient and low-emission vehicles is available in a subsection of the main lot  Same pricing as general parking 
Directions

Conveniently located near I-44 and I-64, the Science Center is easily accessible from all major highways in the area. Please note these directions are subject to change based on construction and road closures. 

To the Science Center Entrance on Oakland Ave.:
Our main entrance is on Oakland Ave., a half block west of Kingshighway Blvd. or four blocks east of Hampton Avenue.

From the west:
Take I-64 east to the Kingshighway exit. Turn right at S. Kingshighway Blvd. Make a right on Oakland Avenue. The Science Center is on your left.

From the south:

Take I-44 east to the Kingshighway exit. Turn left at S. Kingshighway. Make a left on Oakland Avenue. The Science Center is on your left.

From the east:
Take I-64 west to the Kingshighway North / South exit. Turn left at S. Kingshighway Blvd. Make a right on Oakland Avenue. The Science Center is on your left.

From the north:
Take I-170 south to I-64 east. Take the Kingshighway exit. Turn right at S. Kingshighway Blvd. Make a right on Oakland Avenue. The Science Center is on your left.

To the Planetarium Entrance in Forest Park:
The James S. McDonnell Planetarium entrance is in the southeast corner of Forest Park.

From westbound I-64, exit at Kingshighway and turn right. Turn immediately left at Barnes Hospital Plaza to enter Forest Park (first stoplight after I-64 overpass). Turn right on Clayton and then left into the planetarium parking lot.

From I-44, exit at Kingshighway and go north. Turn left at Barnes Hospital Plaza to enter Forest Park (first stoplight after I-64 overpass). Turn right on Clayton and then left into the planetarium parking lot.

From Forest Park Parkway, take the Kingshighway exit and turn right (south) on Kingshighway. Turn right at Barnes Hospital Plaza to enter Forest Park. Turn right on Clayton and then left into the planetarium parking lot. Limited free parking is available adjacent to this building and elsewhere in the Park.

Public Transportation

MetroLink

MetroBus

Metro Forest Park Trolley Service
The Metro Forest Park Trolley Service line will operate daily connecting all park attractions and the DeBaliviere MetroLink Station. It will stop outside the Science Center’s James S. McDonnell Planetarium.

Stuck in traffic on Hampton trying to enter Forest Park? Take the Kingshighway exit instead and park in the Science Center’s Oakland Avenue parking lot. After your visit, you can hop on the trolley and travel anywhere else in the Park.

Parking is also available at the Forest Park Visitor Center parking lot or in the upper Muny parking lot.

Fares
$2 - Adults
$1 - Children 5-12, seniors and passengers with disabilities
Purchase tickets at our Planetarium ticket station, Forest Park Visitor's Center, on the trolleys and at the Downtown MetroStore location.

Kids four and under ride free.
One ticket is valid all day.

Parking is also available at the Forest Park Visitor Center parking lot or in the upper Muny parking lot.

Fares
$2 - Adults
$1 - Children 5-12, seniors and passengers with disabilities
Purchase tickets at our Planetarium ticket station, Forest Park Visitor's Center, on the trolleys and at the Downtown MetroStore location.

Kids four and under ride free.
One ticket is valid all day.

You may also be interested in MetroBus and MetroLink Routes and Schedules.

Accessibility

The Science Center is accessible to visitors with disabilities and strollers:

  • Elevators and ramps serve all public areas including the OMNIMAX Theater and the James S. McDonnell Planetarium.
  • The OMNIMAX Theater offers Rear Window open-captioning service for all films and at all showtimes, Except as noted on the showtimes page.
  • A limited number of wheelchairs and strollers are available at no charge.