California Science Center
California Science Center
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Welcome to the California Science Center! While Endeavour is off exhibit, we remain one of the largest science centers in the nation, with multiple hands-on galleries, unforgettable special exhibitions, and immersive IMAX movies. General admission to our permanent exhibits is FREE. ( Excludes special paid exhibits and IMAX Theater.) The California Science Center is a dynamic destination where families, adults and children can explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, innovative programs and awe-inspiring IMAX movies. The California Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
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  • JMK
    Aberystwyth, United Kingdom25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow...a real space shuttle!
    Fantastic to see one of the Space Shuttles close up, and see how they go to toilet in space. Spent must of our time in the space area but considering this was free, you could easily spend most of the day here. Some exhibits are just to look at, but there were also interactive exhibits which will entertain and educate all ages.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Lena K
    Fullerton, California933 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent venue for the whole family
    My granddaughter and I wanted to see the Endeavour space shuttle before it is moved into its currently-being-constructed building. Once moved, it will no longer be displayed horizontally, but in a vertical position, as it would have looked before its initial launch. We also watched a 3-D movie on Blue Whales in the Center’s IMAX theater. There is a large gift shop and a variety of places to get a meal, snack and beverages.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Debbie P
    Glen Waverley, Australia299 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truly amazing museum
    We went to look at the endeavour space shuttle and we were very surprised at the quality and quantity of space exhibits. We did the shuttle simulator which was $6 each and the imax movie about space travel which was $9 each. We spent a lot longer than we had intended in the museum as it was just so good. We have increased our knowledge and had a truly great time. Entry to the space museum area was free. Highly recommend if you like space.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Thefamilytraveller
    Whangarei, New Zealand177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Museum
    This is a must see in LA. We went to see the space shuttle and there was so much more to look through and keep young minds engaged. There is a lot to do in Los Angeles and this is worth spending a morning or afternoon
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 30, 2023
  • phvi2617
    Anaheim, California580 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Home of the Endeavour
    This is a great science museum in Exposition Park. Most of the exhibits are geared toward kids, but the real star is the Space Shuttle Endeavour. It's incredible to see it up close and in person, and there are a number of artifacts related to the shuttle's assembly in Southern California. Also on display are several aircraft and capsules from the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs. Unfortunately, the Endeavour will be off display for several years as the new shuttle pavilion is being constructed, but when it is finished it promises to be even more amazing. Aside from the IMAX films, all exhibits are completely free. There is a large food court and a really nice gift shop. Even though it was busy, it never felt crowded.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 31, 2023
  • ccarlson2022
    Niles, Michigan183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Space shuttle Endeavor is a must see
    Was in the area with my 17 year old daughter and stopped to see the Endeavor. We visited on December 31 and learned the shuttle was going off display after that day for a few years while they move to a new facility. Our timing couldn’t have been better! This is the third shuttle I have seen out of the 4 on display in the US. Atlantis in Florida is by far the best but this one was cool. It was housed in a building by itself with plenty of room for many people and to take photos. It was elevated so you could walk around and under the entire shuttle. The walk to the shuttle was a bit far but I do get they want you to look at other things as well. We really didn’t stop at many other exhibits, with the exception of a few space exhibits like Mattingly’s Apollo 16 lunar space suit. Gift shop has plenty to purchase and there are a few diners on site as well. Entry was free but we did pay $20 to park next door in the parking garage. The Collosium football stadium that USC plays in is next door so you can take photos of the stadium during the trip if that interests you as well.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 21, 2024
  • Jemlnlx
    Bronx, New York5,399 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see...hard to believe it is free!
    Lovely free Science Center/Museum in Exposition Park southwest of Los Angeles near the University of Southern California. Parking was $15 and paid by ticketed machine at entrance and exit. Science Center was surprisingly big given the free price tag. Lots of interesting exhibits throughout...thoughtfully organized by region/category. I particularly enjoyed the space area which had a space shuttle simulator ($6). There is a wonderful children's area with lots of puzzles and activities for younger ones. This includes an outdoor area with a play area. Really appreicated having this available for our 4-year old. Great way to spend a few hours. (Estimate about 2-3 hours to see and read everything they have to offer)
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 27, 2024
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RaoulV445
Palm Springs, CA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Our age ranged from 5 to 72, as we visited the center witnessing the Endeavor space shuttle and a myriad of other extremely interesting activities and exhibits.
Basically everything is free but any special exhibits are $3 per person and parking is $12. Can get tickets on line as some exhibits have to be reserved but they seem very flexible. Airplanes, rockets, aquarium, creativity rooms, space shuttle, human body works, fish, waves, deserts etc. Something for everyone. Easily say the most interesting place I have seen in a long time and they didn’t charge an arm and a leg. If you go on a Sunday during football season you may have to sit in traffic so plan an hour ahead and ensure you get into the lane for $12 parking and not the $65 for football fans. Parking complex is covered. Food court with tacos or pizzas. You can spend 2-3 hrs at the exhibit and even more. I would consider a must if you have kids 5 and up; use as an excuse to see yourself.
Written January 3, 2020
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elizabethlascheid
Los Angeles, CA4,741 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
The California Science Museum located Los Angeles, for me at least, is more of a space museum. We absolutely love it. One of is the space shuttles is there and you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the space shuttle, it's astronauts and its history. This is my favorite part of the museum and my grandson absolutely loves it.

They're also many other things to see at the California Science Museum. An IMAX theater is located there and they usually show natural geographic type movies and things of that nature. There is an extra fee for the IMAX theater.

They also have a wonderful science section that is fascinating.

The museum does charge a fee but it is reasonable and there is ample parking, including handicap parking, and accessible sites for everyone.
Written May 12, 2020
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david
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The California Science Center is well worth visiting. Plan on spending 3-4 hours. There is no charge for admission but there is a charge for the special traveling exhibits. Currently the featured traveling exhibit is titled "The Art of the Block" and features various works of art constructed with Legos blocks. Some are full size animals, others recreated works of art (such as Mona Lisa and ancient sculptures). Free exhibits include a section on dogs which is very interesting. A new exhibit on reproduction is worth visiting. I believe you need to make reservations for the Legos exhibit so you should to verify if this is still the case. The space shuttle Endeavor is also on display. As mentioned most of the exhibits are free to visit. The Science Center is adjacent to the Natural History Museum, Rose Garden and near the USC campus. One could certainly spend the day at the various sites.
Written July 15, 2021
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queenr0ck
Manchester, UK22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
The main reason for the trip was the see Endeavour. The exhibition was very interesting and seeing Endeavour was amazing. Nothing can prepare you for the sheer size of it, it was just breath taking. We also saw the special travelling King Tutankhamen exhibit. The tickets were timed but the entry to it was poorly organised so we had to rush round the exhibit before the museum closed.
Written April 30, 2020
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Brooke Brown
Phoenix, AZ92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Lovely way to spend an afternoon. It's great admission is free, except for special exhibits. Thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Space Shuttle Endeavour up close! Highly recommend for all ages!
Written February 24, 2020
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Holly M
Marina del Rey, CA53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
This is free to get into to. I enjoyed the exhibits. I wouldn’t say there was anything overly spectacular but this is a great
place for families with young kids and very affordable for those on a budget. They have done an excellent job with the social distancing and keeping their patrons safe.
Written April 1, 2021
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Shanelle
Santa Monica, CA7,433 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Free admission science museum in DTLA. Came here on a Sunday afternoon and spent a couple of hours exploring the exhibits. It’s much larger than you’d think, and you can easily spend a whole day. Garage parking is $15 (cash and card accepted). No food or drinks allowed inside the museum, but we were able to carry our water bottles. It’s a kid-friendly space.

I love the ecosystem exhibits, especially the aquariums. Head outside for the touch tank! There are paid exhibits as well, and you get the timed entry tickets at the front kiosk. There’s the rose garden right outside and there’s plenty of food vendors (some will take Zelle/Venmo) if you’re feeling hungry.
Written July 20, 2022
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SuperDuper Coach
Mitcham, Australia184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This is mainly a hands-on science center for kids and teenagers, however it also houses the space shuttle endeavour, which is why we went. Though one can’t go inside the shuttle it is fabulous to be able to walk all around it, and it is presented authentically. There is great information presented audio visually around the shuttle and a good gift shop too. We spent probably an hour in the shuttle hangar (we didn’t visit any of the rest of the science center). It is free to enter unless you want to watch an imax show or see the current special exhibition.
Written March 30, 2022
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LoveTravel695165
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Interesting traveling exhibits that usually have a cost and have timed entrances.rest of the museum has very interesting exhibits, but since it's free and is a hands on museum, bring plenty of hand sanitizer. Lots of kids. Avoid weekends. IMAX theater is a great experience.
Written February 11, 2020
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Vinny C
87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The highlight for me was see the Space Shuttle Endeavour. If you have not seen this up close, it's amazing. They have it located in it's own dedicated building with lot's of other interesting space items to view. The variety of different things to see and do is what surprised me the most about our visit. They even had an outdoor aquatic sea life area where you could touch sea anemone's, star fish, and so much more. They have a large sea life exhibit in a huge aquarium filled with interesting fish and an occasional diver swimming with all the fish as well! So much fun. This center really has so much to offer for the entire family! You need to go and plus it was FREE to get it. Donations gladly excepted.
Written March 7, 2020
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