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California Science Center, Los Angeles

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Science Museum Museum
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. To visit California Science Center on your trip to Los Angeles, use our Los Angeles tour planner.
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  • We attended an IMAX showing, and then stayed to wander through the science and ecology centers- fascinating. Though there were only adults in our group, families with children were totally engrossed i...  more »
  • Most of us will never be in space, but it is thrilling to see a ship that has been there and back. In addition to the amazing Space Shuttle Endeavor that is on display (a can't miss), there were also ...  more »
  • Plenty of parking space ($12.00 and only cash accepted !!!) & free admission . Just pay for IMAX of special events. Great place to spend a full day with kids. Great exhibition (Body Worlds) ....$19.00...  more »
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  • Saw the Space Shuttle Endeavor. What could be more awesome! I love the fact that general admission is free and all the displays were well-done: colorful and hands-on. This is a real gem. Take your kids there and you'll have a great day.
  • Love that this is free and one of the better science centers in the country. Great for kids - their California kelp and reef ecosystem exhibit is exemplary. Only thing that hurts is having to deal with the crowds, especially when multiple school buses roll up, so just try to choose your time wisely.
  • This is a good place to bring the kids unless it's the end of the school year, when they allow way too many school groups to come at once. I wish they would have a policy to remind teachers to respect the safety of the other patrons. I have a stroller and an infant in a carrier, and we were run into by two teachers and three students, and spent the rest of the time dodging out of the way, because people step back or turn and start running without looking. The groups are large, and it would be beneficial to the regular patrons if they could tell the groups to stay to the right so there's a clear path. They often completely blocked the walk ways. Also, my small toddler was looking at the fish, and two little boys came and pushed her out of the way. I asked them about four times to let her have her turn as she was there first. The teacher was standing right behind me and would not step in. You'd think it would be the perfect time to teach consideration and sharing, especially when it comes to rowdy boys shoving a little girl aside with no regard for her safety. We were really disappointed that there wasn't more supervision when the place was so overcrowded. Also we got a salad at the market, and it was completely rotted. It would be a really good idea to bring your own food.
  • I've been coming here since I was 8 years old. It's a fun and informative place. Also it's free! They recently updated the food center with other restaurants and the pricing isn't too bad. My favorite section is the ecosystem. Try visiting on a weekday because on the weekends it's packed with children and personally I'm not a fan of big crowds.
  • Awesome expositions, good for astronomy and science fans, good for children, general admittance is free, parking is expensive but you get all day parking for all museums, after lunch you don't have to schedule or pay to see the Endeavour spaceship. I loved it.