You are planning a family visit to the Saint Louis Science Center in the United States.
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The SAINT LOUIS SCIENCE CENTER, founded as a planetarium in 1963, is a collection of buildings including a science museum and planetarium on the southeastern corner of Forest Park.
HOW TO GET THERE
From the south:
Take I-44 east to the Kingshighway exit. Turn left at S. Kingshighway. Make a left on Oakland Avenue. The Science Center is on your left.
The Kingshighway bridge is closed for 2 years.
From the east:
Take I-64 west to the Kingshighway North / South exit. Turn left at S. Kingshighway Blvd. Make a right on Oakland Avenue. The Science Center is on your left.
GENERAL SCIENCE CENTER PARKING
General parking is avalable in our main lot behind the Science Center building on Oakland Avenue.
Peak Season $ \$ $12.00, Off Peak Season $ \$ $10.00.
You may also park at James S. McDonnell Planetarium for fre.. Parking for vehicles displaying disabled placards is available in one of the subsections f the main lot directly behind Boeing Hall.
General admission to the Science Center is free. This includes access to more than ten various exhibition spaces, including the Life Science Lab, Human Adventure, Structures, Ecology and Environment.
THERE IS A NEW WAY TO NAVIGATE FOREST PARK
The Forest Park Bus is a great way for Forest Park visitors to conventiently navigate through the Park and its many attractions, while helping to reduce traffic congestion in the park.
The Metro Forest Park Bus is a circle line that operates daily between 9 am and 7 pm and connects all of the popular Forest Park attractions with the Forest park MetroLink Station in a circular way. The bus operates every 20 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes during the weekend.
Visitors can park their vehicles at these lots and then hop aboard the Forest Park Bus for a quick and easy trip to their destinations inside Forest Park.
Forest Park Bus tickets are valid all day for all destinations and are $ \$ $2 for adults, $ \$ $1 for children (ages 5-12), seniors and disabled passengers, and the bus is free for children ages 4 and under.
TEEN SCIENCE CAFÈS
Our Teen Science Cafés offer hands-on presentations from real scientists. The Cafés are part of an international movement to bring free, informal discussions about science to young people.
Each café is a themed 90-minute programm with a presentation by a real scientist, discussion, and a related activity, meaning game play, computer challenges or experiment. Food and refreshments will be provided as well.
Cafés offer young people a deeper appreciation of the importance of science to their daily lives and a desire to stay informed. Interacting with real scientists and science content can open teens to STEM careers by giving them insight into nature of science and the work of scientists.
Experience the science and technology behind exploring the red planet by visiting our Mission Mars
exhibition. This unique exhibit has two parts:
is in the Saint Louis Science Center‘s main building and allows guests to experience current day exploration by assuming the role of an engineer at a NASA Lab, designing and constructin a robotic rover to explore Mars. Here guests have the opportunity to program a rover and experience the challenges of driving it in a simulated time delay, while seeing Mars from the perspective of a rover.
takes you into the future of Mars exploration. This portion resembles a realistic work environment on Mars in the year 2076. Taking on the role of an astronaut living on Mars, visitors will be able to perform science operations at key locations on that planet, using a rover much like the one that is used on Mars now.
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Discover how energy becomes electricity and and learn why energy efficiency makes a difference. Learn the different forms that energy can take, what physical laws govern energy and get a hands-on experience with generating electricity and building electrical grids!
The gallery for our Responsible Resources Project (RRP) presents alternate methods of electrical generation and ideas to conserve energy. It features exhibits that show how wind, coal and solar power are converted to electricity and interactive stations that explain the energy efficiency of new and old appliances. Learn the pros and cons of electric vehicles, biofuels and combustion engines.
THE HUMAN ADVENTURE
Sight, smell, sound, perception and reality - the human body and the systems that help us relate tot he world around us is a fascinating machine.
Spend some time with the fun and interactive exhibits in The Human Adventure and learn more about your own brain, mind and body, and how they navigate the world around you. Your senses and memory are the results of some complicated processes, but these fun exhibits will help you learn more about what makes them work. See how your hearing, memory and vision stack up against your friends and family and then learn the reasons behind those differences. It is all part of the Human Adventures.
The Human Adventure is located on the first floor of the Science Center.
THE JAMES S MCDONNELL PLANETARIUM HAS REOPENED WITH NEWER, BRIGHTER STARS!
Shows are hourly on the half hour and include a 25 minute Dark Sky Planetarium Show in the Orthwein StarBay.
A self-guided tour of the Boeing Space Station to learn about living and working in space is offered directly after each show. All Boeing Space Station exhibit areas are closed during the dark sky Planetarium Shows.
We have breakfast and lunch options avalaible. Start your visit to the Saint Louis Science Center with breakfast in the Loft Café inside the Planetarium building, next to the OMNIMAX® Theater. As early as 9 am, come enjoy a hearty breakfast with complimentary coffee, juice and water. Then stick around for the 10 or 11 am film playing in the OMNIMAX®.
Breakfast and a Movie is available for everybody. We ask that you make reservations at least 7 days in advance.
Cost: $ \$ $14 Child/Seniors. $ \$ $15 Adults.
10 person minimum
FOOD & DRINK
If you are planning on bringing your own food to the Science Center, you‘re premitted to eat outside of the Planetarium in Forest Park. Only food bought on the premises can be consumed inside.
The Science Center has three different locations that offer a variety of food and drinks, including sandwiches, salads, pizza and much more.
Food Service is available 12:30pm until 4pm Monday through Saturday and 13:30pm to 5:30pm on Sundays. Visitors can enjoy the meals and snacks they bought in two sitting areas next to the Energizer Ball Machine.
CAN I TAKE PICTURES IN THE SCIENCE CENTER?
Yes, photography is permitted with the exception of specified areas or exhibitions. Most of the times traveling special exhibitions do not allow photography within the actual exhibition space.
Commercial photographers or videographers are advised to contact our media relations department.
In case you run out of money there is an ATM located in the front lobby near the Information Desk at the entrance.
Lockers are available for 25 cents on the Lower Level.
The Explore Store has products for kids of all ages.
One of the people in your group uses a wheelchair. A special car park for visitors with wheelchairs can be found
| at the planetarium.
|on the Boeing Hall parking deck.
| in one of the main parking areas.
You would like to start your visit with a morning meal.
| You have to book your breakfast in advance.
| You cannot eat in the Planetarium building.
| You can have breakfast before 9 am.
You would like to have a look at a space station
| You can do this during the Planetarium Show.
| You can go there after the Dark Sky Planetarium Show.
| You can join a guided toour every half hour.
Your parents want to bring their own packed lunch.
| They can eat it in Forest Park.
|They can eat it near the Energizer Ball Machine.
| They cannot bring their own packed lunch to the Science Center.
For travelling inside Forest Park,
| there are a number of bus routes.
| there is a park and ride system.
| there are reduced family tickets.
You are interested in the Mission Mars exhibition. There you can
| drive and build a Mars vehicle.
| have a talk with astronauts about life on Mars.
| help design a future NASA laboratory.
If you need cash, you will find a cash machine
| on the lower level.
|in the food area.
| close to the entrance.
You would like to know what the Teen Science Café is. There you can
| find out how scientists work.
|watch how teenagers present projects.
| see films about famous scientists .
For information on environmental issues, you should visit
| the Mission Mars exhibition.
| the RRP Gallery.
| the Human Adventure exhibition.
You want to take photos in the Science Park
| It is not allowed to take photos in the Science Center.
| All visitors have to ask for permission.
| Photography is generally allowed; signs show where it is not possible.