Visiting Information

Experience the Whoa!-Science-Is-Awesome Effect at the Science Center of Iowa! Here’s everything you will need to know to make the most out of your visit.

Note: All children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. All ages 18 and under may require accompaniment by an adult as dictated by group policy.

Hours of Operation

SCI Summer Hours (Memorial Day - Labor Day)

DayHours
Monday - Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

SCI Hours (Labor Day - Memorial Day)

DayHours
Monday CLOSED
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Annual Event Modified Hours

DayHours
Friday, August 22 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Extended Hours and Closures

Fridays at SCI! We’re open late the first and second Fridays of every month:

  • Mixology Night - The first Friday of every month (beginning in September) is exclusively for the 21+ crowd. Grab a cocktail and enjoy live music from local bands and adult-themed science programming from 5:30 - 9:00 pm!
  • $5 Family Night - The second Friday of the month is dedicated to families! Explore SCI with $5 general admission, documentary IMAX films and Food Chain Cafe specials from 5:00 - 8:00 pm!

Holidays: The Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Admission Prices

General admission includes entrance to SCI's experience platforms, planetarium shows and daily live science demonstrations. Advance purchase tickets are recommended.

SCI Admission Age Non-Members Members
SCI General Admission Only
  • Adult (13-64)
  • Child (2-12)
  • Senior (65+)
  • $11.00
  • $7.00
  • $10.00
  • FREE
  • FREE
  • FREE
Documentary IMAX Film Only
  • Adult (13-64)
  • Child (2-12)
  • Senior (65+)
  • $9.00
  • $7.00
  • $8.00
  • $7.00
  • $5.00
  • $6.00
Hollywood IMAX Film Only (when available)
  • Adult (13-64)
  • Child (2-12)
  • Senior (65+)
  • $13.00
  • $10.00
  • $12.00
  • $11.00
  • $8.50
  • $10.00
SCI General Admission + Documentary IMAX
  • Adult (13-64)
  • Child (2-12)
  • Senior (65+)
  • $17.00
  • $12.00
  • $15.00
  • $7.00
  • $5.00
  • $6.00
SCI General Admission + Hollywood IMAX (when available)
  • Adult (13-64)
  • Child (2-12)
  • Senior (65+)
  • $20.00
  • $16.00
  • $19.00
  • $11.00
  • $8.50
  • $10.00

Buy Tickets

Group Pricing: SCI offers discounted rates and customized visit packages to groups of 10 or more. Book your visit by calling 515-274-6868 ext. 222.

Military Discount: All active duty members of the military and their immediate family are entitled to the $2 off general admission year-round with proper identification. All military veterans and their immediate families are entitled to $2 off general admission on the following military holidays: Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, POW/MIA Day, Pearl Harbor Day and Veterans Day. Discount excludes traveling exhibitions and IMAX.

Blank IMAX Dome Theater Showtimes

Don't just watch a film – Experience the BIG picture! SCI's six-story Blank IMAX Dome Theater wraps you in larger than life images and surrounds you with state-of-the-art 12,000 watt digital surround sound. View showtimes

Wednesdays After Class: Enjoy half-price documentary IMAX tickets each Wednesday for the 1:15, 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15 pm showtimes! Children (ages 2-13) must be accompanied by an adult. Discounted tickets offered during the academic year and for documentary films only.

Directions

We're centrally-located in Downtown Des Moines at 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway! View directions and parking information

Amenities

  • Parking

    Covered garage parking is available just across the street from SCI's main entrance. Hourly rate is $3 first hour, $1 each additional hour.

  • Café

    The Food Chain Café offers a wide selection of snacks and entrees, including sandwiches, pizzas, salads, soups and more. Located near the IMAX theater, the Café provides full-service meals for lunch and snacks throughout the day. Members enjoy a 10% discount with every order.

  • Shop

    Take something home as a reminder of your visit to SCI! You'll find everything from gadgets to gizmos and from kits to contraptions in the A-ha! Store, located near the entrance to SCI. Members enjoy a 10% discount on every purchase.

  • ATM

    An ATM is located in the Lobby near the A-ha! Store.

Accessibility

SCI is fully handicap accessible, and wheelchairs are available free of charge for use during your visit.

Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater 401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Des Moines, IA 50309

Main Number (515) 274-6868

  • General Info & Sales ext.222
  • Box Officeext. 228 after 5pm
  • MembershipOption 4
  • Support & Developmentext. 223
  • Media Inquiriesext. 233
  • Facility Rentalext. 311
  • Preschoolext. 239
  • Fax Number(515) 274-3404
  • SCI's Blank IMAX® Dome Theater515-274-IMAX [4629]
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