Getting Ready For Your Visit

 

Before You Arrive
  • All guests are required to have a timed entry ticket reservation. Make your reservation or contact us at 314-289-4424.
  • A limited number of on-site admission tickets may be available for each hour. Tickets will be subject to availability. Guests are encouraged to reserve entry tickets prior to arrival.
  • The Science Center is not limiting the amount of time guests may stay. While we anticipate our adjusted capacities will allow the majority of guests to enter at their scheduled time, some guests may need to wait for others to exit before they’re allowed entry.
  • The Science Center’s days and hours of operation have been adjusted in order to facilitate a safe, smooth experience for guests. Please note our current days and hours of operation.
  • Guests should park in the Science Center’s main parking lot at 5050 Oakland Ave. Please note that at this time, entry through the McDonnell Planetarium is not allowed. All guests should enter the Science Center through the Oakland Building. Parking is free for Science Center members and is $12 per vehicle for non-members.
  • Dedicated one-way walking paths from the parking lot into the Oakland Building will guide guests into the Science Center. One-way walking paths will also direct guests upon exit.

Face Masks

Unvaccinated guests and those who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear masks. Fully vaccinated guests are not required to wear masks. These policies are in place for your safety and the safety of our team members.

Food Service
  • We encourage our guests to consume their food/drink at the designated areas in the Science Cafe (1st floor), The Loft and OMNIMAX® Theater (2nd floor), inside the Planetarium, and under the tent at Fermentation Station in GROW.
  • The water fountains are currently turned off. Bring your own water bottle to refill at our water bottle filling stations.

To help support social distancing within the Saint Louis Science Center, food can be ordered online and scheduled for pick up at the Science Cafe.

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Gallery & Venue Changes

Reservations can be made by phone every day of the week, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM,

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Make your online reservation

Members can take advantage of their benefits by logging in online*.

Members Online Ticket Login

*Free OMNIMAX® Theater tickets cannot be reserved online

Phone reservation (314-289-4424)

An online service fee of $3.50 applies to reservations, which covers the cost of the online system and its maintenance. Guests are welcome to make reservations at no cost via our reservation phone line by calling 314.289.4424. Onsite reservations are subject to availability.

Getting Around Inside the Science Center
  • The Science Center has established some one-way walking paths and queueing lines for admission and exit, entry to venues, moving up and down floors, and more.
  • Stair usage has been adjusted to provide for one-way use between floors to minimize contact between guests.
  • Look out for special signage and floor graphics denoting walking paths and social distancing.

If you have questions about what to expect for your visit, contact us or call the Reservations Department at 314-289-4424.

For questions regarding Membership, send us an email or call the Membership department at 314-289-4491.

Safety

Safety is of the highest importance to each of us at the Science Center as we welcome guests back.

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures – for you, our other guests, and Science Center team members. Please follow all posted instructions while visiting the Science Center.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By visiting the Saint Louis Science Center, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Help keep each other healthy and safe.

  • The Science Center has implemented new cleaning procedures to help ensure guest safety. High-touch interactive exhibits will be disinfected daily on an increased cleaning schedule by gallery team members. Box office locations and the membership desk will also clean high-touch areas like credit card readers, countertops and parking kiosks throughout the day.
  • Program venues and certain galleries have reduced capacities to maintain social distancing between guests. A Science Center team member will seat guests for activities like OMNIMAX Theater films, McDonnell Planetarium star shows, and more.
  • More than 70 additional hand sanitizer stations have been installed for guests and team members.
  • Plexiglass dividers have been installed at transaction and guest service locations.
  • To reduce the amount of person-to-person contact, contactless payment options (Apple Pay, Google Pay, etc.) are available at box office and membership locations. Cash transactions at this time are discouraged in order to minimize contact.

Support

As a nonprofit organization, the Saint Louis Science Center relies on memberships, donations, and ticket sales to support our education and outreach programs, our daily operation, and our mission-driven educators, STEM professionals, and behind-the-scenes colleagues connecting our community with science.

Free admission makes science learning open to everyone, but it makes support from guests, members, and donors so important as we adapt to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’d like to help the Science Center, here are some ways you can show your support:

Plan Ahead

Some exhibits, attractions and spaces may be closed at this time. Please check our daily schedule or call 314.289.4400 for more information.