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

At Clayton Avenue 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

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.

Public Transportation

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

From May 1 to September 3, the Metro Forest Park Trolley Service line will operate daily, from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, connecting all Forest Park attractions and the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station. It will stop outside of the McDonnell Planetarium. The closest parking to the Science Center for the Trolley Service is the Forest Park Visitor Center parking lot or the upper Muny parking lot.

Trolley Fares

$2.00 – Adults
$1.00 – Children 5-12, seniors, passengers with disabilities
Free – Children 4 and under
Free rides for everyone on Sundays

Your ticket is valid all day. Tickets can be purchased on the Trolley (cash), at the Forest Perk Café (Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center), at the MetroStore at 8th and Pine (Downtown), and at any Saint Louis Science Center ticketing station. Metro system passes (for example the day pass, monthly pass) are also valid on the Forest Park Trolley.

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.