Get GROWing at the St. Louis Science Center’s GROW Gallery
Still looking for a staycation before the kids head back to school, for the upcoming Labor Day holiday or beyond?
You and your family might want to consider a visit to the GROW Pavilion and Gallery at the St. Louis Science Center. Conveniently located right off of I-64 just south of the city’s Central West End and Forest Park, the exhibit offers more than 5,000 square feet to explore, both indoors and out. GROW celebrates food and farming on both sides of the Mississippi River and offers a wide range of family-friendly activities. Visitors can:
- Stroll outdoors among the rows of Illinois and Missouri crops such as corn, cotton, rice, soybeans and more.
- Visit the Animal Corral, which shows how to milk cows, teaches how cattle and hogs digest feed, and explains how farmers manage animal feed conversion.
- See a modern combine harvester up close.
- Peek inside the greenhouse, where aquaponic, aeroponic and hydroponic systems grow food.
- Too hot outside? Find out what’s in store for you in the GROW Pavilion, where you can trace the steps of our food from the farm to the table, explore the hands-on, Illinois-specific map, see soil monoliths from every U.S. state, and watch videos from Illinois farms supplied by several county Farm Bureaus in Illinois.
“Guests have to make reservations, but it’s still free, and everyone is required to wear masks – staff and guests, children age 9 and up,” says GROW manager Maddie Earnest.
Illinois Farm Bureau, one of the GROW Gallery’s major sponsors when it opened in 2016, has made additional contributions toward the exhibit over the last two years.
“I think one of the things that has been really powerful for our guests from Illinois and Missouri is to see themselves represented in the museum in such a meaningful way,” said Earnest.