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“Space Shuttle!”

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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 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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“Space Shuttle!”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

The shuttle exhibit was wonderful. It requires timed tickets so check their website. The remainder of the museum was geared more towards kids and there were many of them.

Visited January 2013
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Hubbard, Oregon
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“See the Space Shuttle Endevor and other Space Craft”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

We went to see the Cleopatra Exhibit before it closed this month. But there are many interactive things to do and see as well as the Endevor. The Endevor requires a fee based ticket (the charge is reasonable). There are also Apollo, Gemini and Mercury Space Capsules to see that do not cost. Most exhibits are free.Its a good place to take children, for the interactive exhibits. Parking at the Center will cost you $10.00 for the day, which is cheap for Los Angeles. You can also visit the IMAX theater which is currently running four different shows. The Natural History Museum is also located here. Not as good as New York or London, but still world class. If you go to any of these facilities, do so when most schools are in session, to help avoid crowds. Remember that LA's population is 4 million plus heavy tourism year-round. It's rare to go to any attraction paid or free that isn't crowded most of the time.

Visited January 2013
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Goleta, California
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“Crowd Control Failure”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

Two days ago I went online to their website and bought tickets for Endeavor and Cleopatra. I was asked to specify which type and I selected two seniors and two adults. The tickets had to be printed at home, but they printed as two adults and two students. I hung on the phone for 3/4 hour to find out that nobody was going to look (closely) at them anyway- and not to worry about it. They were more interested in the times that we signed up for.
In order to even out the attendance during the day, you cannot line up for your visit until the time you specified. If you come more than five min early, you are turned away. We went away and looked at other attractions until our time. We got in line on the second floor- a long line, and we were issued passes to get into the movie (not the IMAX, that is separate). Our line paraded through hoards of people to get to the entrance and then watch a movie about the Endeavor traveling to California. After it was over, we were sent downstairs to where the entrance to the attraction is. The stairs and elevators were a fireman's nightmare, not to mention the time wasted- and we are hard scheduled for Cleopatra following Endeavor.
Following Endeavor, we proceeded against the flow to get to the third floor line for Cleopatra. Another time waster- and dangerous. There were thousands of kids screaming and running all over- even sitting on the stairs. We got into the Cleopatra line and were issued museum-style recording players that had probably been in 5000 previous users. Mine was sticky. We were supposed to enter a number (of the display) and listen to the text about it. I tried #1, but barely could hear it. At that point, I knew that this attraction (one of the few that you have to pay for, would be ruined). After what seemed like 1/2 an hour, the line finally began to move and we got into another movie (something that they could have been playing on video screens while we waited in line). The screen rose up after the movie and we entered the display area. This area was fairly dark. There were at least a thousand kids, running and screaming, so that you couldn't hear your pendant at all. People planted themselves in front of a display, and didn't want to move because they were trying to hear their pendant, re-playing the text over and over.
I finally went trough the gift store at the end, and sat down to wait for my family. I'm very glad that I got to visit the Cleopatra exhibit before it left, but I don't believe that I got to see and appreciate it.
Endeavor was awe-inspiring and is permanent (so it can be visited again).
Never will I venture to this place again unless it is during the normally-in school time for most of the rugrats and ankle-biters, but worse than that, when I pay for access to a particular traveling exhibit, I will be certain to arrive when the entrance doors have just been opened to enjoy it more than marginally. Crowd control is not an art. These people can learn much from Disney or Universal that would allow a much more enriching experience. It may take many trips here to see all that is on display, as I don't believe me or my family will survive though more than two in a day.

Visited January 2013
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San Jose, California
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“Just go to see the Endeavour and the Space Shuttle program”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

The main attraction is the Endeavour and the Space Shuttle exhibits. It is worth the extra money to see these. Recommend seeing the IMAX Hubble 3D first- that was a good intro into seeing the Endeavour. The Kelp forest was amazing and the Eco room was very interesting. It is best to book tickets in advance because they sell out pretty quick, especially on weekends and holidays.

Visited December 2012
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Malibu, California
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“Cleopatra Exhibit is great”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

The visiting exhibit for Cleopatra is done really well. We bought tickets online and had reservations for a specific time (along with 100 of our closest friends at the same time...) The staff magaged the queue very well. You line up at your time and then the staff judges how many people to add to the exhibit so that it is a pleasant experience. It was a nice surprise to have the audio hand-sets included so that you can get additional color commentary for the artifacts that you are seeing. We had our 10 and 12 year old with us, they enjoyed the pace and content of the Cleopatra Exhibit. We did not do the Endeavor at the same time but will go back for sure. When you buy tickets online you can add an Imax movie to your ticket. We added the "Secrets of Egypt" movie to our ticket. It was a nice wrap-up to our day.

Parking in the lot we were directed to was $10 (cash only). Food inside the Center was McDonalds, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.

Both kids asked if we could come back when we had more time to see the rest of the Science Center.

Visited January 2013
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