Directions from the West
  • Take Interstate 64/Highway 40 east to the Kingshighway Blvd. Exit.
  • Turn right at South Kingshighway Blvd.
  • Make a right on Oakland Avenue.
  • The Science Center is on your left.

 

Directions from the South
  • Take Interstate 44 east to the Kingshighway Blvd. Exit.
  • Turn left at South Kingshighway Blvd.
  • Make a left on Oakland Avenue.
  • The Science Center is on your left.
Directions from the East
  • Take Interstate 64/Highway 40 west to the Kingshighway Blvd. North / South exit.
  • Turn left at South Kingshighway Blvd.
  • Make a right on Oakland Avenue.
  • The Science Center is on your left.
Directions from the North
  • Take Interstate 170 south to Interstate 64/Highway 40 east.
  • Take the Kingshighway Blvd. Exit.
  • Turn right at South Kingshighway Blvd.
  • Make a right on Oakland Avenue.
  • The Science Center is on your left.

James S. McDonnell Planetarium

Clayton Ave. at Faulkner Dr. in Forest Park

Directions from Westbound Interstate 64/Highway 40
  • Exit at Kingshighway Blvd. 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.
Directions from Interstate 44
  • Exit at Kingshighway Blvd. 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.
Directions from Forest Park Parkway
  • Take the Kingshighway Blvd. exit and turn right (south) on Kingshighway Blvd.
  • Turn right at Barnes Hospital Plaza to enter Forest Park.
  • Turn right on Clayton and then left into the Planetarium parking lot.

 

Parking

Oakland Lot Parking changes

Due to construction, the designated accessible parking spaces and electric vehicle charging stations are temporarily closed. Accessible parking spaces are currently located on the northeast corner of the main parking lot, just south of the parking booths. Please see the map for the location of the current accessible parking spots.

It is recommended that the circle drive in front of the main entrance should be used to drop off guests with special needs if convenient.

We regret the temporary inconvenience. The Science Center values our guests and is always striving to make improvements to better the visitor experience. Thank you for your patience.

Parking at our Oakland Building at 5050 Oakland Avenue costs $10 during our regular season (Labor Day in September to Memorial Day in May), $12 during the summer season (Memorial Day in May to Labor Day in September), and is free for Science Center members year-round.

Free parking is available at the McDonnell Planetarium, which is connected to the Oakland Building by a walkable Skybridge over Interstate 64/Highway 40.

The Oakland Building and McDonnell Planetarium parking lots feature parking for vehicles displaying disabled placards. Visitors may wish to drop off individuals with mobility concerns in the circle drives in front of either entrance.

Parking Instructions
Parking Specials
  • Senior Tuesdays – $5 parking for Seniors
  • $5 Parking Special – If you spend over $20 on POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION and/or Simulators, we will discount your parking to $5. (no other discounts apply)

Public Transportation

Several public transportation options provide service to Forest Park, including the MetroLink, MetroBus, and Metro Forest Park Trolley Service.

Plan Ahead

Some exhibits, attractions and spaces are occasionally closed to the public for programs, day camps, or special events. Please check out our daily schedule, or call 314.289.4400.