Saint Louis Science Center Named one of America’s Most Visited Museums

Science Center is only Missouri Museum Included in Top 25 List from Forbest Traveler

ST. LOUIS – Forbes Traveler has named the Saint Louis Science Center as one of America’s 25 Most Visited Museums. The Science Center is the only Missouri museum to make to list, which is based on 2006 visitor counts, with the Science Center’s totaling more than 1.2 million.

Joining the Saint Louis Science Center on the list are many of the Smithsonian Institute’s 19 museums; the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.; the Metropolitan Museum in New York City; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles; and the Field Museum in Chicago. The American Association of Museums estimates that there are approximately 600 million visits to U.S. museums annually.

Science Center President Doug King notes, “We’re honored to be included on such a prestigious listing as the Forbes Traveler Top 25. Not only are we among the top five Science Centers in the country, now we rank among the top overall museums.?

Founded by the Academy of Science of St. Louis (the first scientific organization west of the Mississippi River), the Saint Louis Science Center has continued to grow and evolve over the years, adding or incorporating the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, the four-story OMNIMAX® Theater, the state-of-the-art Taylor Community Science Resource Center and the air-supported Montgomery Bank EXPLORADOME® along the way. Community educational programming and learning opportunities are available for all ages, ranging from in-school programs to the unique Science Café series.

Upcoming special exhibitions include GENOME: The Secret of How Life Works opening September 29; and Gunther von Hagens? BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies opening October 19, 2007.

For more information about the Saint Louis Science Center and its upcoming exhibitions, OMNIMAX® films, community education outreach and partnership programs, the public may call (800) 456-SLSC or visit slsc.org.
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Saint Louis Science Center
The Saint Louis Science Center is one of the top five science centers in the United States, serving 1.2 million visitors annually. Recently named one of America?s most visited museums by Forbes Traveler Magazine, the Saint Louis Science Center complex includes a four-story OMNIMAX® Theater, the air-supported Montgomery Bank EXPLORADOME®, the
James S. McDonnell Planetarium and the state-of-the-art Taylor Community Science Resource Center. The goals of the
 Saint Louis Science Center are to educate, inspire and motivate visitors of all ages and engage the community in public dialogue about science-related issues of the day. For more information about the Saint Louis Science Center and its programs, visit slsc.org

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