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California Science Center, Los Angeles

(4.6/5 based on 2,800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The Science center is in a cluster of other interesting places easy to see on the same outing, including an IMAX theater if desired. It is near the USC campus. The Space Shuttle Challenger is there, a...  more »
  • The California Science Center is designed so that young children as well as adults can understand the world of Science. It is a very well thought out museum with helpful explanations, but the major at...  more »
  • We had a great time and learned a lot. The guide was very knowledgeable and shared lots of very interesting facts and stories with us about the spaceship exhibited there. 
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  • This is not a 2 hour visit. I recommend early day 6 hours, with a nice lunch. More exhibits and things to do than I've seen in a very long time. A wonderful place for children of all ages and adults. Will be back again and again!
  • It was fun but a little ghetto. Lots of broken stuff. Poorly designed experiments. The space shuttle was cool. Cool enough for kids. And it's a donation so you can do it on the cheap. Pricey parking though.
  • This was 3rd time visiting, but my fiance's first time. The Eco-systems exhibits were informative and informative. Loved the sea life. Seeing the center through my fiance's eyes was great. All he wanted to see was the Endeavor Space Shuttle. It's only $2 dollars. He and I were both in awe. I saw it being pulled down Martin Luther King Blvd back in October of 2012, but it was like seeing it for the first time again. Took loads of pictures. We missed a lot of the other exhibits, and can't wait to go back. Parking is $12, but entry to the Science Center is free. Love that!!
  • High quality science experience with activities for all ages. .. hands on for smaller kids, extras for bigger kids like rocket flight simulator. There is an aquarium, ice room, desert room, 3D MOVIE Theater, and so much more. The food court is excellent! Portions are huge, can be split and the food quality and taste is gourmet. I stopped packing lunch from home. The rose garden is a nice place to relax while visiting and the metro makes it a hassle free ride to the center, the light blue line stops across the entrance.
  • While it definitely seems targeted toward a younger crowd, this place is great for learning on any number of subjects. Everything from surgery and bodily functions to space travel. Most of the exhibits are interactive and many of them despite being a bit dated are very informative. There are definitely a few highlights to see, the biggest one being the Endeavor. It's downright impressive, and there is a lot to see there. They have a timeline of space missions, the workings of rocket boosters, and, of course, the item itself. Definitely worth the trip and absolutely worth going back to!