The exterior of the St. Louis Science Center at night.

Nerd Out in St. Louis

From immersive museums to magical houses to artsy parks, St. Louis attractions appeal to a wide range of interests. If you’re looking for STEAM activities and exhibitions, in particular, you’ve come to the right place. Now, all you have to do is unleash your inner nerd!

1. Economy Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Take a deep dive into the world of economics at the Economy Museum inside St. Louis’ Federal Reserve Bank. Here, you can learn about the impact of your money and how you spend it through fun and hands-on exhibits. Groups can take part in one of the museum’s interactive programs, which teach visitors about personal finance and economics.

The Economy Museum inside the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in Downtown is free for all.

2. Vintage Vinyl

A staple of the Delmar Loop, Vintage Vinyl is the perfect spot for any music-lover. One of St. Louis’ longest-running independent record stores, it has everything from new hits to classic artists to obscure sounds.

St. Louis Gift Guide_Vintage Vinyl

3. Blueberry Hill

Blueberry Hill is a St. Louis landmark. Located in the Delmar Loop, this restaurant doubles as a pop culture museum. With collections featuring Howdy Doody, the Simpson, Star Wars, the Beatles, Toy Story, and much more, guests enjoy the memorabilia as much as the food. If you have time, check out the live music in the adjoining Duck Room. Performances happen several nights a week, and tickets typically range from $10-$25.

Blueberry Hill is full of Rock’n’Roll memorabilia, including Chuck Berry’s guitar, and just about any other collectible pop culture item you can imagine.

4. The Wizard's Wagon

One of the few comic book stores in St. Louis, The Wizard’s Wagon also offers games and collectibles. With new comics released every Wednesday, it is a great spot to browse and embrace your nerdier side.

The Wizard's Wagon, nerd out in St. Louis.

5. The Book House, Inc.

One of St. Louis’ oldest and largest independent bookstores, The Book House has something for every reader. New, old, rare, and unusual books in all categories can be found among its shelves. Expect the unexpected! This spot is a reader’s treasure trove.

The Book House, Inc. nerd out in St. Louis Itinerary.

6. Saint Louis Science Center

Science has never been cooler than it is at the Saint Louis Science Center. With more than 700 interactive experiences, an OMNIMAX® Theater, the GROW agricultural pavilion, and the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, you can spend countless hours learning – and having fun while doing it. The Saint Louis Science Center is one of the only free science museums in the U.S., making it a truly unique experience and allowing anyone to come and discover.

7. World Chess Hall of Fame

Marked by the world’s largest chess piece, the World Chess Hall of Fame intrigues visitors with the chess-related artifacts in its permanent collection as well as temporary exhibits that highlight famous players, how chess relates to the world and the rich history of the studious game. Check out the St. Louis Chess Club on the third floor to learn more about the inductees of the Chess Hall of Fame and you can even play a few rounds of chess with your travel companions. Check!

8. Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books is the oldest independently run bookstore in St. Louis. Serving the city since 1969, this bookstore hosts more than 300 events a year, with eight book clubs that regularly meet amongst the stacks. Striving to spark conversation by providing the community with intelligent, relevant and culturally diverse books, Left Bank Books is a great place to browse for a page-turner.

The shelves of Left Bank Books are lined with diverse titles.

9. Circus Science at Circus Harmony

Science lessons become circus acts at Circus Harmony inside City Museum. Circus Science covers basic anatomy and physiology, Newton’s law of motion, and centrifugal and centripetal forces. At the end of the class, you get to show off your skills to others in your group.

10. National Museum of Transportation

The National Museum of Transportation is dedicated to America’s love for life in the fast lane. In addition to the unit of the streamline modern-style Coral Court Motel – a popular landmark along historic Route 66 – the museum features more than 300 moving vehicles on display, including locomotives, streetcars and, of course, automobiles.