Science Center of Iowa

Science Center of Iowa

Science Museum, Gift Shop, and Café
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines
  • Megan B.
    "Mixology Night schedule for delicious after-hours cocktails"(2 Tips)
    "Great for kids of all ages."(2 Tips)
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  • fancy cocktails
  • great for kids
  • museums
  • dinosaurs
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  • Andrew N.
    What's there is neat but could definitely stand to add more exhibits.
  • Marni
    MarniNovember 7, 2015
    Great for kids of all ages.
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MagnoliaJuly 21, 2015
    Great for kids, seriously lacking if you're an adult.
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BobergAugust 17, 2014
    Really fun for the family and educational too!
  • V J.
    V JAugust 11, 2014
    They always have Groupon deals. Check there first before paying full price.
  • Andy C.
    Andy CrozierAugust 8, 2014
    Great spot for kids! Love their maker space right now!
  • Megan B.
    Megan BannisterAugust 7, 2014
    Check the Mixology Night schedule for delicious after-hours cocktails, local music and a fun, science-related presentation.
  • Joe D.
    Joe DixAugust 7, 2014
    Lots of great activities for kids. Check out the IMAX
  • Adam R.
    Adam ReynoldsApril 6, 2014
    The IMAX is now playing island of lemurs Madagascar and mysteries of the unseen world both are a must see !!!!
  • Adam R.
    Adam ReynoldsAugust 23, 2013
    Great place for families
  • Clint M.
    Clint McCandlessJuly 16, 2013
    Where good exhibits go to die. Recommend for kids or people with kids only.
  • Tom H.
    Tom HardingeJune 1, 2013
    Saturday morning: farmers market packed, science center empty. Easy choice with the kiddos.
  • Catch Des Moines
    Catch Des MoinesJuly 27, 2012
    We are holding our See Des Moines Release party for our Guide to Greater Des Moines at SCI at 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 5...a short program, networking and more will take place. Don't miss it!
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BarberJune 24, 2012
    Avoid the Keck parking ramp if you can. I just got charged an extra dollar for ONE MINUTE over an hour!!
  • Dan J.
    Dan JohnsonJune 6, 2012
    Don't park in the ramp for an event - line to pay is ridiculous.
  • Cosmic Donuts
    Cosmic DonutsApril 22, 2012
    The Cafe here has the worst food. I would eat before or after a visit here.
  • Jordawn W.
    Jordawn WilliamsApril 7, 2012
    What a rip off! Expensive to get in than you also have to pay to see most exibits!
  • Shelly T.
    Shelly TurnerMarch 31, 2012
    Really cool place for kids.
  • Kensie S.
    Kensie SmithMarch 22, 2012
    Attend Mixology! You learn, you drink, what's better than combo?
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncFebruary 6, 2012
    Did you know? You can observe the rotation of the Earth by paying a visit to the museum’s Foucault Pendulum – a 235-pound, 17-inch brass ball that demonstrates the Earth’s counter-clockwise movement. Read more
  • Alexander J.
    Alexander J MJanuary 12, 2012
    Coolest games EVER
  • Brad T.
    Brad ToussaintDecember 11, 2011
    Disappointed in Egyptian exhibit for the cost. Seemed very high.
  • McKenzie L.
    McKenzie LambertDecember 6, 2011
    Go meet Annie the mummy! She's over 2000 years old and part of the new Lost Egypt exhibit!
  • Emilee R.
    Emilee RichardsonDecember 3, 2011
    1st Friday of every month is Mixology, a 21+ event. 2nd Friday is Family Night!
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]November 8, 2011
    Be sure to hit up the IMAX. By far, the best place to watch a movie in the Des Moines Metro.
  • Amy
    AmyAugust 1, 2011
    Check the visitors & conv. Bureau Website for free admission coupon!
  • Emmersone
    EmmersoneJuly 2, 2011
    Mixology nights. Scientific fun for adults.
  • Mike A.
    Mike AlberyJune 18, 2011
    Science is the new art!
  • Derek B.
    Derek BlessenApril 14, 2011
    Tornado Alley in IMAX is amazing!
  • Laura B.
    Laura BishopMarch 22, 2011
    Choose a day with great programs and it's a joy and great value to spend the entire day here!!!
  • Phil J.
    Phil JamesMarch 20, 2011
    Bring a picnic lunch and sit outside by the reflecting pool.
  • Lindsey S.
    Lindsey SmithJanuary 9, 2011
    Don't wait until the last minute to see a temporary exhibit - it gets really crowded!
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SchweitzerNovember 27, 2010
    Pendelum'll Blow Ur Mind!!
  • Christoph T.
    Christoph TrappeNovember 13, 2010
    kid really enjoyed herself. lots of things to do.
  • John H.
    John HalbrookOctober 14, 2010
    Check out the Davinci exhibit while it's in town.
  • Christopher W.
    Great place for kids and adults. Explore everything.
  • chris b.
    chris beckMay 13, 2010
    IMAX is a must see!
  • Phil J.
    Phil JamesApril 22, 2010
    If you have young kids, I highly recommend buying a yearly pass for the Zoo, the Science Center and Living History Farms. Excellent value.
  • Laura B.
    Laura BishopMarch 26, 2010
    Great for the young elementary school age child! A must visit anytime we are in Des Moines!
  • chris b.
    chris beckMarch 17, 2010
    Great place to have a birthday party.
  • Lindsay
    LindsayMarch 12, 2010
    The marketing director is Awesomely awesome.
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