Connect with Curiosity

Dear Saint Louis Science Center Friends,

We’ve arrived at a new year, and while the world and our community still face many challenges, I’m heartened and encouraged by the progress that we continue to see. The arrival of not one but multiple vaccines in the fight against the pandemic shows the amazing accomplishments of scientists and researchers across the globe. Never before has such an effective set of vaccines been created so quickly, from research to trials to distribution.

The Science Center team and I couldn’t be prouder to serve as a resource for the St. Louis community where everyone can explore science across a spectrum of fields and interests. Personal connections to science are more important than ever. In times when information is at our fingertips, the great gift of science empowers us to better understand our world.

Backing us are you—our members, philanthropic partners and supporters. I cannot express how grateful I am for each of you. Your support, especially over this past year, has helped provide a solid footing that’s allowed us to keep the St. Louis region connected with curiosity. If you’re able and would like to show additional support for the Science Center, consider gifting a membership, becoming a Supporting member or making a gift to the Annual Fund or Youth Exploring Science Program.

This issue of NewScience brings a closer look at just some of the exciting things your Science Center has in store for you. Here and throughout 2021, we invite you celebrate a special anniversary: 30 years since the opening of the Science Center’s Oakland Building.

In this issue, you can also learn about our new special exhibition, Mummies of the World: The Exhibition, where you can see real mummies and learn about their scientific and cultural significance. Go behind the scenes of our Ecology & Environment gallery. Read about the history of pandemics and how they’ve helped shape the course of science and human history. And see what’s happening with the Youth Exploring Science (YES) Program as it continues to connect our teens with the educational and professional opportunities of STEAM.

The team and I are ready to make this year a fun and engaging one. Science never stops, and we’re excited to keep discovering with you.


Todd Bastean
President & CEO

To ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning.

Mission of the Saint Louis Science Center