Science Center of Iowa

Science Center of Iowa

401 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy (at 4th St), Des Moines, IA 50309
Open until 5:00pm (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Sun
    • Noon–5:00 PM
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Experience the Science-Surrounds-Us-All Actuality at this 110,000 sq-ft creative learning center in Downtown Des Moines. By placing the power of learning in the hands of the visitor with interactive experiences for all ages, the emphasis at SCI is less on WHAT to learn and more on ... (See all)


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  • "... going here for the DaVinci exhibit - there was also a dinosaur exhibit." (2 tips)
  • "Mixology nights. Scientific fun for adults." (3 tips)
  • "Don't park in the ramp for an event - line to pay is ridiculous." (2 tips)
  • chris b.

    IMAX is a must see!

    chris b. · May 13, 2010
  • Phil J.

    If you have young kids, I highly recommend buying a yearly pass for the Zoo, the Science Center and Living History Farms. Excellent value.

    Phil J. · April 22, 2010
  • Courtney P.

    I recall going here for the DaVinci exhibit - there was also a dinosaur exhibit.

    Courtney P. · October 9, 2011
  • Emilee R.

    1st Friday of every month is Mixology, a 21+ event. 2nd Friday is Family Night!

    Emilee R. · December 3, 2011
  • John H.

    Check out the Davinci exhibit while it's in town.

    John H. · October 14, 2010
  • McKenzie L.

    Go meet Annie the mummy! She's over 2000 years old and part of the new Lost Egypt exhibit!

    McKenzie L. · December 6, 2011
  • Christopher W.

    Great place for kids and adults. Explore everything.

    Christopher W. · May 18, 2010
  • Kensie S.

    Attend Mixology! You learn, you drink, what's better than combo?

    Kensie S. · March 22, 2012
  • Andrew S.

    Pendelum'll Blow Ur Mind!!

    Andrew S. · November 27, 2010
  • Derek B.

    Tornado Alley in IMAX is amazing!

    Derek B. · April 14, 2011
  • Laura B.

    Great for the young elementary school age child! A must visit anytime we are in Des Moines!

    Laura B. · March 26, 2010
  • K12 Inc

    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

    K12 Inc · February 6, 2012
  • Evan[Bu]

    Be sure to hit up the IMAX. By far, the best place to watch a movie in the Des Moines Metro.

    Evan[Bu] · November 8, 2011
  • Emmersone

    Mixology nights. Scientific fun for adults.

    Emmersone · July 2, 2011
  • Phil J.

    Bring a picnic lunch and sit outside by the reflecting pool.

    Phil J. · March 20, 2011
  • Christoph T.

    kid really enjoyed herself. lots of things to do.

    Christoph T. · November 13, 2010
  • Lindsay

    The marketing director is Awesomely awesome.

    Lindsay · March 12, 2010
  • Clint M.

    Where good exhibits go to die. Recommend for kids or people with kids only.

    Clint M. · July 16, 2013
  • Alexander J.

    Coolest games EVER

    Alexander J. · January 12, 2012
  • Adam R.

    The IMAX is now playing island of lemurs Madagascar and mysteries of the unseen world both are a must see !!!!

    Adam R. · 1 week ago
  • Tom H.

    Saturday morning: farmers market packed, science center empty. Easy choice with the kiddos.

    Tom H. · June 1, 2013
  • Catch Des Moines

    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!

    Catch Des Moines · July 27, 2012
  • Dan J.

    Don't park in the ramp for an event - line to pay is ridiculous.

    Dan J. · June 6, 2012
  • Brad T.

    Disappointed in Egyptian exhibit for the cost. Seemed very high.

    Brad T. · December 11, 2011
  • Mike A.

    Science is the new art!

    Mike A. · June 18, 2011
  • Lindsey S.

    Don't wait until the last minute to see a temporary exhibit - it gets really crowded!

    Lindsey S. · January 9, 2011
  • chris b.

    Great place to have a birthday party.

    chris b. · March 17, 2010
  • Adam R.

    Great place for families

    Adam R. · August 23, 2013
  • Kevin B.

    Avoid the Keck parking ramp if you can. I just got charged an extra dollar for ONE MINUTE over an hour!!

    Kevin B. · June 24, 2012
  • Cosmic Donuts

    The Cafe here has the worst food. I would eat before or after a visit here.

    Cosmic Donuts · April 22, 2012
  • Jordawn W.

    What a rip off! Expensive to get in than you also have to pay to see most exibits!

    Jordawn W. · April 7, 2012
  • Shelly T.

    Really cool place for kids.

    Shelly T. · March 31, 2012
  • Brian

    This is my first time going

    Brian · March 31, 2012
  • Amy

    Check the visitors & conv. Bureau Website for free admission coupon!

    Amy · August 1, 2011
  • Laura B.

    Choose a day with great programs and it's a joy and great value to spend the entire day here!!!

    Laura B. · March 22, 2011

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