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Choose the attractions you would like to see and let us sort out your day.


Members enjoy FREE parking and FREE tickets with EVERY visit!

Visitor Services

We want your visit to be the best scientifically possible. Here are some of the services we offer. If you have questions, you can find answers to some common ones below.

Don’t see the answer to your question? Call 314.289.4400 or Contact Us. We’re happy to help.


Find an ATM in the main lobby next to the Information Desk.

Personal Lockers

Lockers are available for rent on the Lower Level for 25 cents. Find them near the T-Rex Room and Build-A-Dino.

Private Nursing Room

Find one on the Lower Level. Ask a staff member for assistance.

Signage outside the Nursing Station
Signage outside the Nursing Station
Signage outside the Nursing Station
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First Aid

If you need first aid or assistance, the nearest staff member or security officer can help you out. Our First Aid room is located just off the main lobby on the First Floor.

Lost & Found

If you lose an item during your visit, check the Information Desk in the Emerson Lobby. If your item hasn’t been found, you can fill out a Lost Item Form.

if you didn’t realize you misplaced something until you left, call 314.286.4636 or 800.456.7572, ext. 4636 to leave a message with your phone number and a detailed description of your item.

Wheelchairs, Strollers and Motorized Scooters

If you need assistance, ask a staff member in either the main lobby or the Planetarium lobby for help. Wheelchairs and strollers are free to use during your visit. Motorized scooters can be rented for a $25 fee.

Learn more about Accessibility at the Science Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

General admission to the Science Center is always free. We have a wide variety of free attractions and several ticketed venues for you to take advantage of when you visit.

Purchase tickets to enhance your experience at one of our ticketed venues, including special exhibitions, OMNIMAX® Theater Films, James S. McDonnell Planetarium Shows, the Discovery Room, the Experience Flight Simulators and the Tractor Run in our GROW exhibit.

For more information, please visit the individual pages for each attraction, the OMNIMAX® Theater, James S. McDonnell Planetarium, etc. or call 314.289.4400.

Stop by the box office at either the main lobby or the Planetarium. Or, buy tickets at any time online. If you’re running late or forgot to get tickets for an OMNIMAX® Theater film, you can use the self-service kiosk outside the theater, across from The Loft. Credit and Debit only.
Main Lobby Box Office

Planetarium Ticket Counter

Self Service Kiosk

Tickets for the Discovery Room, the Experience Flight and VR Simulators, MakerSpace Classes and GROW’s Tractor Run are available on-site.

The 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 Interstate 64/Highway 40. The bridge, also known as the Skybridge, takes people across the highway, through a tunnel and up into the James S. McDonnell Planetarium and Forest Park.

Until September 3, 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. Tickets can be purchased at any Saint Louis Science Center ticketing station.

Parking is available in our main lot located at 5050 Oakland Aveue
Summer Season: $12 (Until September 3, 2018)
Regular: $10 (After September 3)
Members: Free with valid membership card.
You may also park at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium for free. We have a bridge that connects the James S. McDonnell Planetarium to our main building.
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.
Before parking, you can also drop people off in the circle drive in front of the main entrance or in front of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium.

No outside food is allowed inside of the Science Center. You are permitted to eat outside of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park.

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 9:30 am until 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 11 am to 5:30 pm on Sundays. You are also allowed to bring food and drink that you have purchased 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.

Yes, photography is allowed with the exception of specified areas or exhibitions. Most of the traveling special exhibitions do not allow photography within the actual exhibition space.

Professional photographers or videographers are advised to contact our staff in media relations.

Children are age 12 and below, and seniors are age 60 and above.

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