California Science Center, Los Angeles

4.6
#2 of 7 in Childrens Museums in Los Angeles
Visit over 100 permanent exhibits at California Science Center, the West Coast’s largest hands-on science center. Whether you are interested in the 400 plant and animal species at the Ecosystems Exhibit, exploring aerospace artifacts, or riding the high wire bicycle, there are many ways to get involved at the science center. The center is also home to the largest IMAX screen in Los Angeles, standing seven stories high. By bringing science out of the classroom and making it interactive, the center shows that science can be fun and relatable for anyone. Using our international travel planner, Los Angeles attractions like California Science Center can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Great Museum! This very educational and attractive Museum loved so much for children as for adults! It's free! You can give donations without being obligatory! But see the facilities and the service provided to the community is worth doing it! I especially loved the nasa area and the area is young children where my 2 year old daughter had fun! Totally recommended
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  • Very good museum with many exhibits that help to make science engaging and interesting for both kids and adults! Do try out the space shuttle rides. My toddler really enjoyed them.  more »
  • The King Tut exhibit is amazing and offers a lot of interesting information about the king and his life. The shuttle is a must see for space buffs.  more »
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  • I went to the Science Center while visiting with family in Los Angeles. My primary focus was the King Tut exhibit, which was truly remarkable. Very well executed displays with excellent viewing space and clear explanation of the artifacts. Kudos to the teams at the Egyptian Museum and the Science Center for the outstanding collaboration on this one of a kind exhibit. I must also say that I spent a hour or so exploring some of the other exhibits at the center, and found them wonderfully interactive, well organized, and very user friendly. I particularly enjoyed the exhibits of the various climate environments around the world! It was fun trying to pick up food like a bird, watch a flash flood in the desert, guess why certain animals evolved the way they did, and even see LA as an environment unto itself. A special bonus was the student created artwork at the exit point of this exhibit that followed groups of elementary and middle school children in LA, Colombia, and 2 Native populations through a study of Rain Forest habitats. Kudos for the focus on the kids!
  • Just went to their special King Tut exhibition and also saw the Endeavor exhibit. Words are hard to find to describe the fantastic King Tut exhibit. It was breathtaking. Well worth the trip from Phoenix. The Endeavor exhibit was interesting and enjoyable and well done. This was my first time visiting the museum and I was impressed with everything I saw. There were plenty of staff in all areas and they were friendly and helpful. The food court was another plus.
  • The California Science Center was amazing. The Endeavor Space Shuttle alone was worth the trip what an amazing piece of American history. Being able to see King Tuts exhibit was beyond anything I could have imagined. This is the one and only stop in the United States. Many of the artifacts have previously never been out of Egypt until now. My only wish is that I would have had more time to see everything else. Even with spending the entire day there we still didn't get to see everything.
  • There is a lot of information. I fell like there is to much. It's science overload. You should get there early so you have time to do everything. You have to wait in long lines to do activities. We waited 2 hours for the rock climbing wall. The girl clearly didn't want to be there. We had little ones so they just wanted to be entertained. The bike has a height restrictions.
  • It is a good place for fun and instruction. I is superb, and also is huge. You can go and go and never stop learning. It is interesting all the new facts you find there. I recommend the anatomy section and the space section. You are able to see a real Space Shuttle!
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