Street Address
Bluedorn Science Imaginarium
322 Washington St.
Waterloo, IA 50701
Mailing Address
322 Washington St.
Waterloo, IA 50701
phone: 319-234-6357
9:00am - 5:00pm Tuesday-Saturday
Become a member of the Grout Museum District and enjoy unlimited admission to all four museums. And that's just the beginning. You'll also feel good knowing you're keeping the region's history and culture alive; much of it that would disappear if not for the district.
Adults: $5
Members: free
Children (4 - 13): $5
Children under 4: Free
Museum Type(s)
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Jacquie Colvin, Marketing Coordinator/Graphic Designer


A 'playground for the imagination", this interactive science center provides fun hands-on exhibits that demonstrate how science affects everyday life. Visitors unravel the mysteries of motion with scientific experiments: Roll-A-Ball, Bernoulli Ball, and the hammer table. Science demonstrations are at 11:00am, 1:30 and 3:00pm on Saturdays, and include such topics as Creepy Crawlies, Combustion, Chemistry, Magic of Science, Snakes Alive, Kitchen Science, and Super Cold.

Volunteers are VIPs

Volunteers — people just like you — are a major reason why the Grout Museum District continues to be recognized as the region's cornerstone of history, culture and science. New volunteers are always welcome, and you can choose from opportunities that match your availability and talents.


The Carl A. and Peggy J. Bluedorn Science Imaginarium opened in 1993 in response to the increased interest in the Grout's science programs. Described as a "playground for the imagination," this interactive science center provides fun hands-on exhibits that demonstrate how science affects everyday life.

Educational Programs

Scouting for science

Take your scouts to the next level. The Scouting For Science programs are a wonderful way for scouts and families to grow together. You provide the families, we provide the activities to fulfill badges for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in the following areas:

  • • Space Explorer: Do your scouts like stars and space shuttles? Then this is the badge for them! Learn about the four forces of flight, try astronaut food and study the stars.
  • •Weather: Want to learn to forecast the weather? This badge will teach scouts to read weather maps, explore the properties of air, and make a weather instrument.
  • •Science Discovery: Discover the fun in science. Earn the Science Discovery Badge by experimenting with chemical reactions, friction and the properties of water.


Access: General Public

Appointment required: Yes


Birthday Party

Birthday parties at the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium are a blast for kids. Busy parents love them even more. Forget about cleaning your home or planning activities. We provide the space, the fun and a party favor to take home — so sit back, relax and enjoy the party as much as the kids.

Guided and Self-Guided Tours

The Grout Museum District offers a variety of tours for each of our Grout District properties, as well as themed tours for special interests and occasions. Take a look at the guided and self-guided tour information for the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium on our website, and then contact us or download our group tour guide for more information on how to make your next group trip unforgettable.

Special Theme Tours

These tours offer an insider's perspective on various aspects of the museum.

Gift Shop

Special Event Rental