The Science Center is a hands-on children's museum with an array of exhibits to explore. We also offer programs such as Grown Up's Night Out, camps, birthday parties, field trips and more!
The Science Center is dedicated to the awareness and exploration of hands-on science for children, from infants to teens, and their families in the southernmost Illinois area.
"To nourish and preserve each child's innate curiosity through hands-on, inquiry-based exploration."
The Science Center was incorporated in 1992 and opened its doors in 1994 with the goal of encouraging children to develop their natural curiosity and exploration through hands-on experiences. We host more than 65 exhibits and see more than 70,000 visitors annually. Our most recent exhibit additions are a real-time topographical sandbox, "Kinetic Jim" a 12 foot tall kinetic chain sculpture and an all new 130 sq foot enclosure for our resident six foot male green iguana"Godzilla". The Science Center is a recognized 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit organization and is made possible by the generous contributions of our community members.
$5 per Person
Infants 2 & Under are Free
*Ask us about our Military and Senior Citizen discount!
The Science Center of Southern Illinois offers a one-year membership to patrons for $65.
- After purchasing this membership, you and up to 7 members of your family receive free entry into The Science Center for one full year.
- Membership also includes discounts on birthday parties and other programs, such as GUNO and camps.
- Exclusive Members only hours on Thursdays and Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 am.
- The Science Center is also a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) and features reciprocal memberships with over 380 other museums across the country.