Museums & Zoos in St. Louis, Missouri


MUSEUMS and ZOOS in St. Louis, Missouri We've compiled a listing of children's museums, zoos, planetariums and other attractions of interest in twenty major cities across the country. Also included are the quirky and unusual, like the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles, the Dog Museum in St. Louis, and the Nashville Toy Museum! Be sure and call to confirm hours and exhibits before you go--these things change frequently, particularly at smaller museums. And go in the morning to avoid the crowds. But most of all, enjoy an enlightening experience with your kids! Here's the rundown for St. Louis: Admission fees are coded as follows: $ $$ $$$ $$$$ Credit cards listed are: MC (Mastercard), VI (VISA), AE (American Express), DI (Diners Club), DS (Discover), CB (Carte Blanch) - - - ST. LOUIS, MO The Dog Museum, 2 miles s. of I-64 at 1721 S. Mason Rd. in Queeny Park, Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Sunday noon-5; Closed holidays. Admission $, Phone (314) 821-3647. Forest Park, bounded by Lindell, Skinker and Kingshighway blvds. and Oakland Ave. Park open daily 6:00 am-10:00 pm. Admission Free. Phone ( 314) 289-5300. Missouri History Museum, in the Jefferson Memorial building. Allow 1 hour minimum. Daily 10:00 am-6:00 pm; 10:00 am-8:00 pm Tuesday; closed January 1, Thanksgiving and December 25. Admission Free. Phone (314) 454-3150. Email: St. Louis Zoo, Allow 2 hours minimum. Zoological park open daily 9:00 am-5:00 pm.; 9:00 am-dusk on Tuesdays during the summer; closed Christmas and New Year's Day. The outdoor portion of the zoo is open year round weather permitting. Admission $, free to all before 10am. Phone (314) 781-0900. The Gateway Arch, Allow 1 hour for the wait and the tram ride. Shows are offered on the hour from 9:30-8:30. Visitor center open daily 8:00 am-10:00 pm, Memorial Day-Labor Day. 9:00 am-6:00 pm the rest of year. Closed January 1, Thanksgiving and December 25. Admission $, Phone (877) 982-1410. Email: Magic House - St. Louis Children's Museum, 516 S. Kirkwood Rd. Allow 1 hour minimum. Noon-5:30 pm Tuesday-Thursday; Friday Noon-9:00 pm; Saturday 9:00-5:30 pm; Sunday 11:00 am-5:30 pm. Closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. During the school year, the Magic House is open at 11:00 am Tuesday-Friday for "A Little Bit of Magic" only. That's a program for 1-7 year-olds. Summer hours are 9:30 am-5:30 pm. Monday-Thursday; 9:30 am-9:00 pm. Friday; 9:30 am-5:30 pm. Saturday; and 11:00 am-5:30 pm. Sunday. Admission $, Phone (314) 822-8900. Email: International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, 111 Stadium Plaza next to Busch Stadium, Allow 1 hour minimum. The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum is in the same building; one admission gets you into both. It is open until 6:30 pm on nights when there is a St. Louis Baseball Cardinals game. Daily 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Memorial Day-Labor Day; Monday-Friday and holidays 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Sunday noon-5:00 pm, rest of year. Closed Jan 1, Thanksgiving and Dec. 24-25 and 31. Admission $, Phone (314) 231-6340. St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave. Allow 4 hours minimum. Closed for renovations until Summer 2001. The Human Experience Gallery (no charge) is due to open late in October 2000. There is an admission charge for the Discovery Room, the OMNIMAX Theatre and for traveling exhibits. (General admission to the Science Center remains free.) The only day the Science Center is closed is Christmas. Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day are 9:00 am-6:00 pm. Monday, Wednesday & Thursday; 9:00 am-9:00 pm. Tuesday & Friday; 9:00 am-6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. OMNIMAX shows are presented on the hour with the last show starting an hour before closing. Advance tickets for OMNIMAX and special exhibits are available through Metrotix; Phone (314) 534-1111, (314) 289-4444 or (800) 456-SLSC. Email:

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