California Science Center

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California Science Center
4.5
Movie Theaters • Science Museums
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
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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.
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luckyg215
Fort Myers, FL207 contributions
Jul 2021
IT is FREE! The Endeavor is located here. Much of it is about all things related to space travel. The science entrance is right by the entrance of USC football field. There is additional info on the various areas of the world You can pay for rides, IMAX theater etc.
Written July 22, 2021
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david
28 contributions
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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Michaelshoney
Escondido, CA195 contributions
Jun 2021
The best thing that I liked was the extra show that had the Lego's in it. That was amazing and the artist was amazing with his creations! The Imax movie is worth it too. The exhibits were okay but I think maybe myself and my kids in their 20's were a little old to do the things. But it was okay for a day excursion.
Written July 9, 2021
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jerjon
Mojave, CA687 contributions
Jul 2021
I wasn't expecting too much from the "The Art of the Brick" exhibit but was very pleasantly surprised at how amazing the Lego creations were! Very much worth a visit.

The Science Centre also has a lot of interactive exhibits that are great for kids and interesting for adults as well.

The IMAX 3D theatre is also great; worth getting the combo ticket to see a show.
Written July 9, 2021
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Lisa G
Aurora, IN481 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
We went for the Art of the Brick exhibit and it is very cool. The work and imagination on display are amazing. Weirdly, it's really dusty though. We then saw the Endeavour space shuttle. It is absolutely awe inspiring. The space exploration displays are well done although there are some didactics that could use years on them to put things in context. It costs $15 to park.
Written July 6, 2021
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Cassidy
108 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
There was tons to visit in this place, without having to pay extra for other exhibits. Although some of it was closed down during the pandemic, there was at least two hours worth of stuff to look at! It is VERY space based, but that’s fine! I especially loved the dog domestication exhibit.
Written May 21, 2021
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4stevemandy
Seal Beach, CA7,468 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
We went to see the Art of the Brick LEGO special exhibit. It turned out to be better than I thought! They had animals and major works of art that were recreated in LEGO form! They have some nice Air and Space exhibits including the Space Shuttle Endeavor, some jet planes, and some capsules from other space missions, including the one that carried Ham the Chimpanzee into space! The Ecosystems exhibits are another highlight! They showcase habitats like the Kelp Forest, Deserts, Poles, Rivers and more. They have a good sized Kelp Forest Tank, complete with a tunnel and large viewing window! One other highlight is the IMAX movie theater which offers science movies on the big screen! The food court offers a nice selection of food for lunch while you’re visiting. They do a really good job of having special traveling exhibits here! Check out the website for the current events!
Written May 2, 2021
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Holly M
Marina del Rey, CA54 contributions
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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lilianasmith
Brazil32 contributions
Sep 2019
Amazing everything you can see, experience and learn. A very entertaining museum for adults but highly recommended for children.
It has a food court with different types of options to choose from.
Written June 17, 2020
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elizabethlascheid
Marina del Rey, CA3,319 contributions
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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