Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater, Des Moines

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Experience the Science-Surrounds-Us-All Actuality at this 110,000 square-foot creative lifelong learning center in the heart of 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.

About the IMAX Theater:

SCI's six-story dome screen wraps you in larger-than-life images that surround your field of view and envelop you in the action. The 12,000-watt digital surround system lets you hear everything from a tiny drop of rain to a huge clap of thunder with crystal clarity. Challenge your sensory perception with a uniquely immersive movie experience!

The Blank IMAX Dome Theater may show films outside SCI's regular facility hours. View films and showtimes at
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  • This is not your average Science Center! They provide areas here to really get the older kids thinking. Multiple levels to explore. They learned coding, explored the lego areas, built an arch...  more »
  • I see some people giving negative reviews here just about the pricing and I feel the necessity to point out these things. (1) The Science Center's main goal is NOT, in anyway, shape or form, to make money. They strive to spread knowledge and the amazing world of science in every aspect. (2) A LOT of people do not know this so PAY ATTENTION!! The science center offers a completely free preschool that is not like your average preschool. I can remember that my experience with preschool was just playing around and filled with toys. The preschool here is nothing but educational, and sends kids on the most deserving paths they need to succeed in life. The free preschool is offered in aid to Des Moines Schools low income demographic and it really does make a difference (3) They also offer opportunities for students of all ages. My junior year of high school, I was aided by a STEM grant to participate in an internship at the science center. I conducted research and learned more about the science and important of museums than I ever will. Furthermore, the cost is not set high for these reasons. NOT to drain your wallets!
  • My daughter works at our local science center and wanted to stop here during our vacation to see what Iowa has to offer. What a great place. There is so many things to do and see. We had a great time here.

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