Experience the Whoa!-Science-Is-Awesome Phenomenon at the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater! Plan your day by seeing where exhibits, restrooms, elevators and more are located. View interactive map
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.
We're centrally-located in Downtown Des Moines at 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy! View directions and parking information
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 with extended hours until 8:00 pm! Explore SCI with $5 general admission, documentary IMAX films and Food Chain Cafe specials!
Holidays: The Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Fall Maintenance Week: As we approach the end of the summer, our hands-on experience platforms that have engaged and inspired tens of thousands of visitors along their journeys of lifelong science learning are ready for a tune-up! SCI will be closed September 3-6 for annual maintenance and cleaning. Beginning September 7, SCI's regular hours will be in effect and SCI will be closed on Mondays through Memorial Day.
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.
SCI Hours (Labor Day - Memorial Day)
- Monday CLOSED – CLOSED
- Tuesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Wednesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Thursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
SCI Holiday Hours
- Saturday, December 21 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Sunday, December 22 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Monday, December 23 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Tuesday, December 24 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
- Wednesday, December 25 CLOSED – CLOSED
- Thursday, December 26 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Friday, December 27 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Saturday, December 28 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Sunday, December 29 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Monday, December 30 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Tuesday, December 31 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Blank IMAX® Dome Theater presents films during and outside general facility hours. See our IMAX film schedule for showtime listings and ticket information.
|Science Center Only||
|Documentary IMAX Film Only||
|Hollywood IMAX Film Only (when available)||
|Science Center + Documentary IMAX||
|Science Center + Hollywood IMAX (when available)||
SCI offers discounted rates and special visit packages to groups of 10 or more!
SCI is fully handicap accessible, and wheelchairs are available free of charge for use during your visit.
Small lockers are available to keep personal belongings for $.50 per time opened.
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. 226
- Facility Rentalext. 311
- Preschoolext. 239
- Fax Number(515) 274-3404
- SCI's Blank IMAX® Dome Theater515-274-IMAX