Radio Receiver – Atchinson, Kansas, ca. 1930

Cathedral style radio receivers began to appear in the 1930s as a much smaller and compact radio design compared to the console and large “coffin” style radios of the 1920s. Steinite Radio Co. produced this four-tube, AM radio about 1930. It features a superheterodyne circuit, a novel invention that made it possible to boost weak… Continue reading

Mars Perseverance : Finding Signs of Ancient Life

Find out how the Perseverance rover will look for signs of ancient life on Mars. John Mackin, NASA Solar System Ambassador shares details about what the rover is looking for on Mars and the unique technology the rover is bringing to the Red Planet’s surface to complete its mission.

Sputnik Ashtray – Russia, 1957

This ashtray commemorates the successful launch of Sputnik-1, the first artificial Earth satellite launched by the Soviet Union on October 4, 1957. Sputnik orbited our planet for three weeks before its batteries died, sending radio signals as it flew low-Earth orbit. Sputnik triggered the Space Race with the US, ushering in a new era of… Continue reading

Green Abalone Shell – Collected from California

This shell comes from a species of large sea snail, the green abalone. The outer brown shell layer has been removed to reveal the beautiful mother-of-pearl underneath. Did you know that the green abalone can live up to 30 years or more? They live in shallow water under rocks, in rock crevices, and other hidden… Continue reading

Collections – Yoda Hand Puppet | Ohio, 1980

Made by Kenner as part of their Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back collection, the Yoda hand puppet (complete with white hair) had a good likeness to the legendary teacher of the Jedi Knights. Just like the puppet from the film, all this hand puppet needed was a helping hand and some imagination to bring… Continue reading

Medical Collections Virtual Tour

Watch this special behind-the-scenes collections tour with our Collections Manager, Kristina Hampton. This tour focuses on our medical collection and as you might imagine, many of the items have a unique place in St. Louis history. This tour was part of a virtual member event that took place in April 2020. Connect with curiosity!

OMNIMAX® Theater Renovation – Projection Booth

In 2019, the Saint Louis Science Center renovated the OMNIMAX® Theater. In this time-lapse video, you can watch as the projection booth is transformed. The old 70mm film projector is removed and the new IMAX® with Laser projector is installed. The OMNIMAX theater was closed from August to November 2019 while this work was done.… Continue reading

Saint Louis Science Center Collections A to Z

The Science Center’s Collections Department cares for and preserves a wide variety of artifacts, some of which may surprise you! From animals to fossils, ancient pottery to meteorites, space toys to medical tools, here you can discover a selection of wonderful things from A-Z. Connect with curiosity!

Da Vinci The Exhibition Opening at the Saint Louis Science Center on January 11

A comprehensive look at life and work of the original Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci ST. LOUIS – December 12, 2019 – The Saint Louis Science Center will open Da Vinci The Exhibition on Jan.11, 2020. The 7,000 square-foot special exhibition follows the Renaissance master, Leonardo da Vinci, on a journey of innovation, creativity, science,… Continue reading

5 Ways Roman Technology was Ahead of its Time

Discover the treasures of ancient Rome in POMEPII: THE EXHIBITION now on display Thousands of years after its collapse, ancient Rome is well known for its ingenious engineering tactics and advanced technology. From constructing hundreds of roads stretching thousands of miles to maintaining a water supply sustaining millions of people, Roman engineers provided the ancient… Continue reading