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California Science Center

700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037
+1 323-724-3623
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Ranked #7 of 385 attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Science Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Space Shuttle Endeavour on display in the California Science Center's Samuel Oschin Pavilion. Please reserve your passes online or by phone. Explore... more » Owner description: Space Shuttle Endeavour on display in the California Science Center's Samuel Oschin Pavilion. Please reserve your passes online or by phone. Explore over 100 permanent interactive science exhibits spanning several galleries. Admission to permanent exhibit galleries is Free! (excludes IMAX and special paid exhibits) Visit Ecosystems -- a hands-on exhibit home to nearly 400 plant and animal species. Come discover amazing environments from the familiar to the fantastic, and find out how the physical and living worlds affect each other. « less
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

I love the science center. We go there 2-3 times a year for the special exhibits and when family visits us. The best part is the space shuttle. You have to make a timed reservation for $2 in advance online. It is worth it - a very unique experience. You can take the Metro Expo Line to save on the... More

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Chino
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We love this museum. Went yesterday for the Pompeii exhibit which was excellent. We have been to Pompeii but wanted to see some artifacts that they don't show at the actual site in Italy. Very interesting and well displayed. We also got to see the Endeavor which was great. Parking is easy and not to far from the museum. Great... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The best item to see is the space shuttle, but the rest is average. Long lines and waits and the staff was not helpful at times. Go only if you want to see the shuttle.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

As an adult, I found most of the free exhibits a bit too child oriented for my taste (although unleashing my inner child by pressing all the buttons was pretty good fun for a bit), and I wouldn't go again. The only part really worth a trip there was the endeavour, which is worth every cent of the $2. Absolutely... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We went to the museum to see the space Shuttle Endeavour, but learned about the Pompeii exhibit after we got to LA and snapped up tickets. Both were amazing. As a space buff the shuttle was awe inspiring. The shuttle exhibit will be even better after they finish the new building and display the shuttle vertically. The Mercury, Gemini, and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our time here. The Pompeii exhibition was good, the Endeavour was impressive and the Hubble film enjoyable. However, walking around the rest of the center just too much was out of order. I know that things break down with use but we arrived as it opened and one thing after another had a message or just did not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Great museum - with a lot of hands on activities for younger children ages 12 and under. The Space Shuttle and Pompeii exhibits appealed to my teenagers.

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Pleasanton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Enter the parking lot and pay $10 cash. Make sure you try out the lifting of the Toyota Tundra on the parking lot. Once you get to the cash counter for tickets, make sure you get your IMAX ticket for Hubble and the entrance ticket which costs $7.50 per person. Lots if kids during summer holidays.first watch the IMAX movie... More

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

When I went to LA, I visited this wonderful museum! The tickets were really cheap. For 4 people is almost half the price for one person at Disney Land. The service was great, and everyone working there were nice. I only was there for a little time, but there were so many things to see at the Endeavor, they had... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The museum has lots of great stuff to look at plus an IMAX theatre. We took our 3 and 5 year old thinking that there would be more for them to see and do after reading the recent reviews about the museum, but there just isn't a lot there to hold younger kids interest. There is an "imagination room" which... More

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