Science Center of Iowa

Science Center of Iowa

Science Museum, Gift Shop, and Café · Downtown Des Moines
401 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy (at 4th St), Des Moines, IA 50309, United States
Closed until 9:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Sun
    • Noon–5:00 PM

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 HOW to learn.


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    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
  • architecture
  • great value
  • exhibits
  • music
  • movies
  • zoos
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  • Marni

    Great for kids of all ages.

    Marni · November 7, 2015
  • Stephanie M.

    Great for kids, seriously lacking if you're an adult.

    Stephanie Magnolia · July 21, 2015
  • Jennifer B.

    Really fun for the family and educational too!

    Jennifer Boberg · August 17, 2014
  • V J.

    They always have Groupon deals. Check there first before paying full price.

    V J · August 11, 2014
  • Andy C.

    Great spot for kids! Love their maker space right now!

    Andy Crozier · August 8, 2014
  • Megan B.

    Check the Mixology Night schedule for delicious after-hours cocktails, local music and a fun, science-related presentation.

    Megan Bannister · August 7, 2014
  • Joe D.

    Lots of great activities for kids. Check out the IMAX

    Joe Dix · August 7, 2014
  • Adam R.

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

    Adam Reynolds · April 6, 2014
  • Adam R.

    Great place for families

    Adam Reynolds · August 23, 2013
  • Clint M.

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

    Clint McCandless · July 16, 2013
  • Tom H.

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

    Tom Hardinge · 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
  • Kevin B.

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

    Kevin Barber · June 24, 2012
  • Dan J.

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

    Dan Johnson · June 6, 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 Williams · April 7, 2012
  • Shelly T.

    Really cool place for kids.

    Shelly Turner · March 31, 2012
  • Kensie S.

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

    Kensie Smith · March 22, 2012
  • 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
  • Alexander J.

    Coolest games EVER

    Alexander J M · January 12, 2012
  • Brad T.

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

    Brad Toussaint · December 11, 2011
  • McKenzie L.

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

    McKenzie Lambert · December 6, 2011
  • Emilee R.

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

    Emilee Richardson · December 3, 2011
  • 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
  • Courtney P.

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

    Courtney Pecinovsky · October 9, 2011
  • Amy

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

    Amy · August 1, 2011
  • Emmersone

    Mixology nights. Scientific fun for adults.

    Emmersone · July 2, 2011
  • Mike A.

    Science is the new art!

    Mike Albery · June 18, 2011
  • Derek B.

    Tornado Alley in IMAX is amazing!

    Derek Blessen · April 14, 2011
  • Laura B.

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

    Laura Bishop · March 22, 2011
  • Phil J.

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

    Phil James · March 20, 2011
  • Lindsey S.

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

    Lindsey Smith · January 9, 2011
  • Andrew S.

    Pendelum'll Blow Ur Mind!!

    Andrew Schweitzer · November 27, 2010
  • Christoph T.

    kid really enjoyed herself. lots of things to do.

    Christoph Trappe · November 13, 2010
  • John H.

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

    John Halbrook · October 14, 2010
  • Christopher W.

    Great place for kids and adults. Explore everything.

    Christopher Weishaar · May 18, 2010
  • chris b.

    IMAX is a must see!

    chris beck · 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 James · April 22, 2010
  • Laura B.

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

    Laura Bishop · March 26, 2010
  • chris b.

    Great place to have a birthday party.

    chris beck · March 17, 2010
  • Lindsay

    The marketing director is Awesomely awesome.

    Lindsay · March 12, 2010

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