Hours and Admission

SCI Hours

  • Labor Day–Memorial Day

  • Monday
  • Tuesday–Saturday
    10:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Sunday
    12:00–5:00 pm

SCI Summer Hours

  • Memorial Day–Labor Day

  • Monday–Saturday
    9:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Sunday
    12:00–5:00 pm

SCI closed in response to COVID-19

  • In order to contain the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Science Center of Iowa will be closed to the public through at least March 31. All events and programming during this period also are cancelled.

Extended Hours and Closures

Extended Hours:

  • Fridays at SCI — We’re open late the second and third Fridays of every month!
    • $5 Family Night — The second Friday of the month is dedicated to families! Explore SCI with $5 general admission, documentary IMAX films and Food Chain Cafe specials from 5:00–8:00 pm!
    • Mixology Night — The third Friday of every month, adults are invited to experience all SCI has to offer... minus the kids! Find some friends, grab a refreshment and explore SCI from 5:30–9:00 pm! (21+ event)


  • Holidays — SCI is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Maintenance & Cleaning Weeks — SCI is closed twice a year for maintenance and cleaning. Summer Closure Week is the Tuesday through Friday following Labor Day, and Winter Closure week is the Tuesday through Friday following Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

IMAX Theater Closed: The Blank IMAX Dome Theater sustained significant damage during storms in June 2018. The theater will be closed until further notice as we assess the damage and determine next steps. Thank you for your understanding and continued support!

Admission Prices

General admission includes entrance to SCI's experience platforms, planetarium shows and daily live science demonstrations. Advance purchase tickets are recommended.

Note: All children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. All ages 18 and under may require accompaniment by an adult as dictated by group policy.

SCI General Admission

Age Non-Members Members
Child (2–12) $9.00 FREE
Adults (13–64) $13.00 FREE
Senior (65+) $9.00 FREE

Group Pricing: SCI offers discounted rates and customized visit packages to groups of 10 or more. Book your visit by calling 515-274-6868 ext. 222.