Getting Ready For Your Visit
Before You Arrive
- The Science Center is required to adhere to capacity limits set by the City of Saint Louis.
- 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 $10 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.
At the direction of the Department of Health for the City of St. Louis, it is mandatory for Science Center team members and guests age 9 and above to wear masks/face coverings — which must cover nose and mouth — while visiting. This includes if you have been vaccinated.
Face coverings can help minimize virus transmission from asymptomatic individuals. Keeping our team and our guests safe and protected is the best measure to minimize the risk of exposure to a virus that we know very little about – COVID-19.
- Costume masks and loose fitting face coverings, such as bandanas or scarves, are not acceptable. See the CDC guidelines for suggestions on acceptable face coverings.
- Those who cannot wear a mask because of medical exemptions are required to wear a face shield. You can bring your own, or they can be purchased at the Saint Louis Science Center as you enter.
- Guests are required to wear masks/face coverings at all times and maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from other parties.
- Food and beverage should be consumed in the designated locations listed below to help maintain proper mask use throughout the building.
These policies are in place for your safety and the safety of our team members. Those not in compliance will be asked to leave the Science Center.
When putting on a face mask
Clean your hands and put on your face mask so it fully covers your mouth and nose
When wearing a face mask, don’t do the following
We will be enforcing strict food and beverage consumption areas throughout the Science Center at this time.
- Food/Drink must be consumed at the designated areas in the Cafe (1st floor), The Loft and OMNIMAX® Theater (2nd floor), inside the Planetarium and the Fermentation Station outside in GROW under the tent at Fermentation Station.
- Guests consuming food and beverages outside of the designated areas will be asked to return to a designated area or wait to eat until they leave the building.
- 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.
Message from the CEO and How to Explore Safely
Gallery & Venue Changes
- A limited number of tickets for OMNIMAX® Theater films and McDonnell Planetarium star shows will be available for purchase. Capacity has been reduced to allow for social distancing.
- Showtimes have been adjusted to accommodate increased cleaning between shows. See our OMNIMAX Theater schedule and our McDonnell Planetarium schedule.Members receive free OMNIMAX Theater and Planetarium tickets. To use membership benefits to reserve free film tickets or to reserve free Planetarium tickets, contact us at 314-289-4424.
- Please review the OMNIMAX Theater Safety Protocols if you are seeing a movie.
- Smaller galleries will remain closed at this time. This includes the Life Science activity benches, Makerspace Classroom, Discovery Room, Take the Controls! Simulator in Experience Flight Simulators, and the Dig Site and Paleo Lab in Ecology & Environment.
Reservations can be made by phone every day of the week, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, and till 7:00 PM on Thursdays.
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
- To maintain social distancing, the Science Center has established specific 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.
- Elevators will be limited to 5 guests per elevator and one group or family at a time. Groups larger than 5 should use the stairs when possible or wait for the next available elevator.
- Look out for special signage and floor graphics denoting walking paths and social distancing.
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 is implementing 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.
- Building capacity has been reduced to a total of 750 guests between the Oakland Building and McDonnell Planetarium.
- 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.
- Tables in the Science Café and The Loft area will be spaced 6 feet apart to maintain social distancing.
- 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.
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:
What are the new, temporary hours for the Science Center?
- Thursday – Monday: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
- Tuesday and Wednesday: Closed
Subject to change
How do I make a reservation?
What are the capacities of the OMNIMAX Theater and Planetarium?
- OMNIMAX There : 60 people per show
- Planetarium : 75 people per show
How will seating be different in the OMNIMAX Theater and Planetarium?
- Seating for Planetarium shows has been reorganized to comply with social distancing guidelines
- For OMNIMAX and Planetarium shows, a Science Center team member will direct guests to open seating to ensure social distancing
Please review the Omnimax Theater Safety Protocols if you are seeing a movie.
Where do I park?
Please park in the main lot of the Science Center, located at 5050 Oakland Avenue. The McDonnell Planetarium lot and entrance will be closed.
What will be required for me to enter?
All guests will be required to have a reservation and wear a mask (while medical exemptions apply, for their safety and that of those around them, guests who are unable to wear masks are encouraged to visit at a later date).
Before entering the building, guests will be required to answer the following questions:
+ Do you have a new cough?
+ Do you have a cough that you have had for more than a month and if so, is the cough worse in frequency, severity, intensity or in any other way?
+ Have you felt feverish or have you had a fever in the previous 24 hours?
SHORTNESS OF BREATH / DIFFICULTY BREATHING
+ Do you feel short of breath or have difficulty breathing in a way that is not normal for you?
+ Have you had an exposure of more than 10 minutes and closer than 6 feet to a person who has a test confirmed diagnosis of COVID19 in the previous 14 days?
Can I purchase a mask if I don't have one?
Yes, masks will be available for purchase before you enter the Science Center.
How will the Science Center monitor the number of people in the building?
The Science Center will have one entrance and one exit. Our team members will have access to real-time occupancy information.