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California Science Center, Los Angeles

Categories: Science Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 2,600+ 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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  • A very impressive place, the iMax movies are well done and the space shuttle is a humbling experience. 
  • Unique experience even for those who do not enjoy the theme. Opportunity to observe some mythical aircraft and the space shuttle, is required.
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  • The Center offers a wonderful opportunity to see a shuttle! The prepartory exhibits create the mood. It's worth the $6 to take a ride in the simulator. The 3D movie about the shuttle adds a great dime...  read more »
  • 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!
  • This is a MUST experience! The Endevour is AMAZING!! I visited Wednesday August 31 2016. Little to no crowds, no admission fee to the Endevour (off season and weekdays). NOTE: Parking is $12 CASH ONLY! The Endevour is breathtaking
  • To come to the California Science Center and see the space shuttle up close and personal is an incredible experience. To add in an IMAX of the earth from space is amazing. These two things alone are adequate to earn top ratings. To then add in the other displays of satellites and flight machinery, make this a long remembered day. Note that if you don't have a reservation for the shuttle (you need to make it in advance and online) you can use the IMAX ticket for entrance without a reservation.
  • I drop by here yesterday because I needed to kill time before the concert at the Grove. I've been meaning to come here to check out the shuttle for a while but I didn't want to come towards beginning because it was so packed. It was easy to turn in from the street and park in the short walk to the entrance. I checked out a good portion of the museum including the Endeavor. There's a lot of interesting things in there and this is good for a visit once in a while. There's enough things to occupy your time and the Endeavor is even better than you think it is. I recommend checking out the IMAX presentation which is every hour. On a side note there's a nice breeze that runs through here outside so on a hot day it's such a relief! If you haven't been here before it's a nice place to visit and spend a couple hours.
  • This is a great place for the family, especially younger kids. They have a wide assortment of displays, some which are interactive. There is also a small aquarium with a petting station. The space shuttle Endeavor is housed there and costs only $2 per person to see. They also have an IMAX theater where you can watch educational films for a fee. The exhibits have a broad range (e.g. aerospace/aeronautics, ecology, biology). The exhibits are kid friendly, but will also appeal to adults and teenagers also. There is a food court in the lower level which is very reasonably priced. This leads to the Rose Garden, which it's name implies, is a garden containing a large variety of rose plants. The only drawback is that, depending on when you go, it can be very busy. This is especially true in the summer; many kids' summer camps come here. This means that some of the more popular interactive displays may be hard to use. The best part of this: IT'S FREE!!! Only the above mentioned (space shuttle and IMAX) cost money, and they are relatively cheap. I highly recommend taking the family at least once.
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