Directions & Parking

NOTE: Each Saturday throughout the summer months, 3rd St. and Court Avenue are temporarily closed to through traffic because of the Downtown Farmers' Market. To reach SCI during those times, please use "From the West" directions.

SCI Driving Directions

From the West

  • Exit I-235 on Martin Luther King Parkway
  • Travel South on Martin Luther King Parkway turn East onto W. Martin Luther King Parkway
  • Turn North onto 5th Street
  • Turn East onto Market Street to the SCI Entrance

From the East

  • Exit I-235 on 3rd St.
  • Turn West onto Court Ave. to 4th St.
  • Turn South onto 4th St. to the SCI entrance


Convenient, handicap-accessible parking is available across the street north of SCI in a covered ramp between 3rd St. and 5th St. for:

  • Hourly: $3 first hour, $1 each additional hour
  • Daily: $6 day pass (sold inside at the SCI Box Office during business hours)
  • Monthly: click for more information
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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