Mini-Flood 40: St. Louis Science Center

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photograph by Joe Rakers

Last of the ZMD institutions left for us to explore, the St. Louis Science Center is a preeminent museum dedicated to the scientific process. Geared a bit to a younger crowd, the Museum stays open late on the first Friday of every month to host a more adult audience (like the Harry Potter themed night when we visited).

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photograph by Ann Aurbach

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photograph by Jackie Johnson

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photograph by Ann Aurbach

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photograph by Joe Rakers

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photograph by Joe Rakers

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photograph by Jackie Johnson

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photograph by Jackie Johnson

The St. Louis Science Center owes its roots to the Academy of Science of St. Louis, an organization formed in 1856 by a group of twelve physicians with the mission to promote and inform upon science of all types. The Academy was the first such scientific society to be formed west of the Mississippi, and published an international respected journal called “Transactions”. From the very beginning, this organization began the process of assembling a collection and a library, so it would seem as though a museum must have been on the radar, but it was not until the 1950’s that an actual museum (Museum of Science and Natural History) was founded in Oak Knoll Park.

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photograph by Jackie Johnson

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photograph by Joe Rakers

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photograph by Joe Rakers

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photograph by Ann Aurbach

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photograph by Ann Aurbach

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photograph by Jackie Johnson

Having earlier joined the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District (ZMD), the Museum moved to Forest Park in the mid-1980’s after the purchase of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium (one of the Nation’s leading space education centers), and reopened as the St. Louis Science Center. From this location, the SLSC has since expanded across the highway to occupy the complex as it exists. Today, the St. Louis Science Center offers a diverse programming that is fun for the whole family.

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photograph by Joe Rakers

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photograph by Jackie Johnson

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photograph by Jackie Johnson

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photograph by Jackie Johnson

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photograph by Jackie Johnson

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photograph by Joe Rakers

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2 Comments
  1. Diane Cannon Piwowarczyk 4 years ago

    Great job Anne! And congrats to Joe and Jackie as well!

  2. Ann 4 years ago

    Thanks, Diane!

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