California Science Center, Los Angeles

4.6
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.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including California Science Center
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

California Science Center Reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
3,946 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • Our children love space and to have the opportunity to visit the CSC and see Endeavour up-close was a must for us. The museum itself is great fun, very interactive with lots of little exhibits you...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
Google
  • This museum/science center is not that big, and located near the LA Memorial Coliseum. The most exciting item on display here is the Endeavour Space Shuttle. It is a dream come true for me to finally see the space shuttle in person. The other displays are also quite nice, but not nearly that special as the space shuttle. They have a good museum store as well.
  • My family and I love it here! There's interactive exhibits & it's fun enough to be educational but not boring for the younger ones. You can pay extra to check out the space center but you can still have a fun time without. Be prepared to walk a lot because this place is HUGE, with each exhibit taking up a good amount of room in the center. There's a food court here too since you can't bring outside food or drinks in but it's either tacos or pizza. Overall, it's a good way to spend a couple of hours if you want to learn something new.
  • I haven't been here since I was a child but coming back here made me feel young at heart again. The great thing is that all the exhibits are interactive. Being involved hands on with the exhibits makes everything much more engaging. The Endeavor exhibit is truly spectacular and describes everything from how astronauts use the restroom to the shuttle itself. It really is awe inspiring and puts things in perspective.
  • This place was awesome. Watched a 3d movies about Superpower Dogs . Really amazing how much dogs and other animals do for people. Great place to take the family. Parking cost $12 but since museum was free worth every penny!
  • This is an educational and fun place to visit. They offer hands on exhibits for all ages. Elevators for those with physical challenges. The food court has plenty to offer including delicious pizza. Staff is friendly, informed and inclusive. You can easily spend a full day here.

Plan your trip to Los Angeles

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Los Angeles

4.4
Duration: 8 hours
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Los Angeles

4.2
Duration: 5h 30 min
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
4.9
Duration: 8 hours

Hidden gems in Los Angeles

4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Los Angeles

See all ›
2.6
Duration: 30 minutes
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Los Angeles

See all ›
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Nearby attractions in Los Angeles

4.8
Duration: 4 hours
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
3.6
Duration: 2 hours
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Plans to California Science Center by other users

32 days in United States BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS May, culture, outdoors, museums, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: May, culture, outdoors, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 59 days in Europe, United States & South America BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 37 days in Los Angeles BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 31 days in Los Angeles BY A USER FROM CHINA August, teens, popular sights Preferences: August, teens Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Los Angeles BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, teens, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular sights Preferences: November, teens, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 4 days in Los Angeles BY A USER FROM INDIA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 60 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco BY A USER FROM INDIA August, teens, popular sights Preferences: August, teens Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Los Angeles BY A USER FROM ITALY July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 11 days in Los Angeles BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 60 days in Continental USA BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: February, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 31 days in Los Angeles & Chicago BY A USER FROM MOROCCO July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans