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Travel back to Ancient Rome and the world of the gladiator at our July First Friday! Learn about the different kinds of gladiators, see a demonstration about gladiator weaponry, try ancient foods, and test your chariot racing skills. Then see the movie Gladiator, free in the OMNIMAX Theater at 10 pm! #FridayGeekOut

What is First Friday?

Unless otherwise noted by the , all activities are FREE! Free parking on First Fridays! All items marked with a require tickets. Tickets for free screenings available at any box office, starting at 6pm.

Not to Be Missed!

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Campus Wide
Building-wide Game: Science of the Romans

Travel the building to learn more about science in ancient Rome and earn your prize.


8:00 PM, OMNIMAX/2
Special Presentation – Roman Gladiators and Pompeii with Professor Tom Keeline of Washington University.


Ongoing Activities, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Lower Level-LL

  • Check out historical weapons with the Historical European Martial Arts Association in May Hall.

First Floor-1

  • Be the gladiator! Snap a photo in front of the Colosseum at our photo op.
  • Visit comic book row and check out local comic book creators, collectors, and sellers.
  • Tonight Only! Tour our special exhibition POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION and learn about the world of Ancient Rome. Timed tours will begin every half hour, with limited slots available. First Friday pricing:
    • $18.95 for Adults
    • $15.95 for Seniors
    • $13.95 for Children (6-12)
    • $12.95 for Members.
  • Visit the Life Science Lab to learn about Roman medicine and see how well you know medical fact versus fiction.


  • Try Chariot racing! Hop on the Tractors and see if you are the master of this chariot race. Ages 12 and up: $4 for a two person team. Tickets available at the Tractor Kiosk in GROW.
  • Ever wonder what foods the ancient Romans grew? Visit GROW to learn more about ancient Roman agriculture and diet.
  • Get food and drink specials at the Fermentation Station, including a Gladiator cocktail.

Second Floor-2

  • Can you build a helmet or shield to protect yourself, gladiator? Test your skills in the Makerspace Classroom.

The Loft-2

  • Look for food and drink specials in The Loft!


  • Public Telescope Viewing – weather permitting (Archery Field) –night sky viewing beginning at 8pm, with the St. Louis Astronomical Society.

Scheduled Activities

6:30 PM, OMNIMAX/2



7:00 PM, Planetarium/2
Planetarium Show: Live Sky Tonight

Free! (45 minutes)


7:00 PM, The Loft/2
First Friday Trivia

Limited seating; sign up in The Loft.


7:00 PM, T. Rex Classroom/LL
“Secrets of the Dead: Nero’s Sunken City”

(2017, PG, 60 minutes)


8:00 PM, Energy Stage/LL
HEMA Presents: Gladiator Weapon Demonstration

Join the St. Louis Historical European Martial Arts Association (HEMA) as they demonstrate weaponry used by gladiators in the arena.


8:00pm, OMNIMAX/2
Special Presentation – Roman Gladiators and Pompeii with Professor Tom Keeline of Washington University.


8:15 PM, T. Rex Classroom/LL
“Secrets of the Dead: Nero’s Sunken City”

(2017, PG, 60 minutes)


9pm, Planetarium/2
“American Gladiators” Episode

(2008, 85 minutes, regular screen format)


10:00 pm, OMNIMAX/2

(2000, R, 155 minutes, regular screen format)


Answers to Your First Friday Questions

How does First Friday Trivia work?

  • To play, register as an individual or with a team in The Loft on the Second Floor of the Main Building. Registration begins at 6pm and we can accommodate up to 15 teams with a maximum of 6 people per team. There will be five rounds of trivia, with five questions each round. Prizes for the winners of each round!


How do I get free tickets? (for shows, presentations, activities, etc.)

  • Get your tickets at any box office, starting at 6pm. Science Center Members may use the Member-Only Ticket Line, at the Membership Desk. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each person is allowed up to four tickets for your group. Once you have a ticket, you must be in the theater by show time to claim your seat. If you decide not to use your ticket, please return it to the Membership Desk in the Main Building Lobby. Tickets turned in for sold-out shows will be redistributed at the Membership Desk until 30 minutes prior to show time. After this, visitors without tickets may wait in a standby line outside of the show’s venue. We will let in those standing by to fill all seats not claimed by show time.


Thank you to The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Rentals Department for the movie props you see throughout the Science Center.

Plan to attend these upcoming First Fridays!




Price: First Fridays are free but some activities are ticketed.
Parking: Free at the Oakland and McDonnell Planetarium Lots
Location: Entire Science Center Campus
Ages: All ages are welcome. First Friday activities such as presentations, pop culture trivia, and the 10 pm OMNIMAX film are primarily designed for visitors 16 years and older.


July 5
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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