General Admission is $12 for ages 12 months and up and includes all day admission to POP and the Lower Level of the Discovery Center. The Lower Level provides access to the Exploration Gallery, the lower level of the Space Center, and the Sawyer Space Dome Planetarium. Group pricing information is located further below.
All admission pricing is valid through 12/31/18.
The IMAX Dome Theater at Sci-Port is the only IMAX Dome Theatre in the State of Louisiana. IMAX’s large film format combined with a curved screen three stories tall means the audience doesn’t just watch a movie – they are immersed in it. To see what’s playing, view the IMAX schedule below. Tickets are $12 per person, ages 3 and up.
Hours of Operation
Sci-Port will be open to the public for the holidays from 9 to 5 on December 26 and January 2, 2019!
Power of Play
Located on the second floor of the center, the Power of Play (POP) Children’s Museum is a “town” designed for children 8 and under. Young visitors can role-play and pretend they are doctor, a veterinarian, a banker, a fashion designer and more. Other areas allow visitors to use their creativity and building skills via LEGOs, Blue Blocks and other manipulatives. Parental/adult involvement is strongly encouraged while young visitors explore at their own pace.
Located on the Lower Level of the center, the Exploration Gallery contains many of our “fan favorite” exhibits. These beloved, interactive exhibits have sparked curiosity in visitors for successive generations and continue to joyously provide an opportunity to explore varied subjects of science from physics, to logic, to electricity, to engineering and several others topics. Don’t forget to ask about petting one of our animals!
The Lower Level of the Space Center houses prominent, interactive exhibits such as the Anderson Family Foucault Pendulum and Sawyer Space Dome Planetarium, which are all used to highlight astronomy, aerodynamics, solar weather, and Earth science. The Averett Solar Observatory allows visitors to safely observe the Sun. The third level of the Space Center is open at special times to allow visitors to view downtown Shreveport-Bossier and sky from the Windham Family Terrace Rooftop.
Sawyer Space Dome Planetarium
The Planetarium combines a 16 million pixel E&S Laser Projector system, Digistar 3 software, and a 12 m curved screen to bring the universe to your fingertips. Visitors can visit planets in and outside our solar system, fly through the stars, review constellations, learn about secrets of the universe ,and much more. The Planetarium’s unique interactive programs are the only such programs in the world and are designed to allow the audience members to dictate the display.
A Message from our Executive Director
There are some things in this area that are just too important to lose.
Please accept my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support I have received since assuming the Executive Director position for Sci-Port Discovery Center on August 13, 2018. The mission of Sci-Port has not changed. As we work to re-open and re-design the Space Center, we remain committed to providing an engaged learning educational experience for all ages. The public has heard a lot of confusing, and often negative, reports about Sci-Port. I want everyone to know that the Discovery Center is back on track to become a premier science “experience” rather than simply a museum. Customized, engaged learning activities are the key components that separate Sci-Port from other museums. The staff is highly qualified and trained to be able to explain the science behind the exhibits and demonstrations.
Sci-Port Discovery Center provides a fun, educational environment for people of all ages to explore and actively engage in the world of mathematics, science and technology. Sci-Port serves to spark curiosity about the world around us, provides hands-on tools for using scientific discovery in everyday life, and encourages a passion for life-long learning.
Sci-Port IMAX Dome Theatre
Features and Showtimes
All films are 45 minutes in length. No late entries or reentries allowed.
Santa vs. the Snowman
Please note that IMAX shows for the weeks of December 24 and December 31 will be as follows:
Wednesday, December 26th: 1:00 pm Hubble and 3:00 pm Pandas
Thursday, December 27th: 1:00 pm Hubble and 3:00 pm Pandas
Friday – Sunday: Regular Schedule
Wednesday, January 2nd: 1:00 pm Hubble and 3:00 pm Pandas
Thursday, January 3rd: 1:00 pm Hubble and 3:00 pm Pandas
Friday – Sunday: Regular Schedule
Group Field Trip Information
Groups of 10 or more people qualify for group rates for general admission to the center. Groups are scheduled in a two-hour time slot at either 9 – 11 am or 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Each time slot can accommodate up to 120 people. As part of the general admission, each time slot may include:
– one 30-minute Planetarium program
– one 30-minute small group program
– free exploration (Grades PK-2 or similar age groups will be directed to the POP Children’s Museum. Grades 3rd and up or similar age groups will be directed to the Lower Level)
– lunch, if you opt to lunch at our facilities. If you would like to order lunch from the Konnie’s Chemistry Cafe, please contact Rachel at 318 422 1682.
You may add on an IMAX show for an additional cost.
We strongly encourage you to book two weeks in advance of your arrival. To make a reservation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 318 383 9868.
All groups of 10 or more qualify for the following rates:
– $10/person for general admission
– $10/person for IMAX-only
– $18/person for general admission and IMAX
There is no charge for 1 teacher/school staff per 10 students up to a maximum of 12 teachers/school staff. Proper identification is required. This excludes an IMAX-only visit.
Non-school personnel/chaperones associated with the group receive the group price of $10/person for general admission or $18/person if the group is including IMAX.
Advanced payment is not required for school groups.
Financial assistance for Title 1 schools is not available at this time.
Q: What is included in the Lower Level?
A: The Lower Level of our center features the Exploration Gallery, the SWEPCO Demonstration Area, the 1st floor of the Space Center, and access to the Sawyer Space Dome Planetarium. More details for each section are provided near the top of this page.
Q: Can I book a field trip on a day Sci-Port is normally closed?
A: Yes but there are requirements that must be met. Please email or call to discuss your options.
Q: Is it possible to bring more than 120 students?
A: Yes it is. Please call or email so that we can discuss your options.
Q: Do all teachers have free admission?
A: No. Only 1 teacher/school staff for every 10 students is not charged admission. If your group has 9 students, then no teacher/school staff qualifies for free admission. If your group has 10 – 19 students, then 1 teacher/school staff qualifies for free admission. If your group has 20 – 29 students, then 2 teachers/school staff qualify for free admission. Etc.
Q: My group is not a traditional school group (ex. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, daycare, etc). Can my group qualify for the school group discount?
A: As long as your group has 10 or more persons, and you are paying as a group, you qualify for the group discount.
Q: My group is not a traditional school group (ex. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, daycare, etc). Will the chaperones receive free admission?
A: If your group is from an educational institution, and has individuals that are employed by the institution serving as chaperones, then each chaperone will not be charged an admission with the same 10:1 ratio used for schools up to a maximum of 12 chaperones. Proper identification is required.
Get In Touch
- For general questions, please contact us via our Facebook page, send an email, or call 318 424 3466.
- For questions about memberships: email@example.com
- Reservations, field trips, birthdays, and other group events: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For questions from the media: sciportED@sciport.org
- For Red River STEM, email J.E. Pierson, Jr. - jpierson@BWOR.com or call 318 934 0202
- 820 Clyde Fant Pkwy, Shreveport, LA 71101