Arizona Science Center, Phoenix

4.0
#5 of 18 in Childrens Museums in Arizona
Arizona Science Center houses more than 350 themed exhibits geared toward hands-on showcases of technology and opportunities for learning. Explore the permanent exhibits, spread out over seven galleries, which detail aviation, digital communication, nanoscience, renewable energy, and more. Take a break from wandering to watch an IMAX film on a five-story screen or a show at the on-site planetarium. Stop by the presentation area, featuring free staff demonstrations and talks on different scientific topics. Check the website for information on frequent traveling exhibits and events. Work out when and for how long to visit Arizona Science Center and other Phoenix attractions using our handy Phoenix vacation route planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Shoot water jets to send plastic balls flying into the air, build dams of sand and watch them get wash away as water flows down the giant stream table, or make a smoke vortex. Our three-year old grand...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Lots of interactive things to do here. Every summer my granddaughter now 13 visits she wants to go back to the Arizona Science Center.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    I have been to this interactive museum twice once with a group of elementary children and also with a preschooler. It will delight young children and their supervising adults while both discovering th...  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    4 levels of hands on exhibits for children. Parking is in a nearby garage and is $2 an hour with validation. Tickets are fairly pricey for something kids are done with in a couple hours. Only reason I couldn't give 5 stars is that this place is entirely for kids with very little depth. Teachers get in free.
  • April 14, 2017
    Never stop wondering! This is the message of Arizona Science Center which echoed through the period of my visit. The galleries, the featured exhibitions, the attractions and the planetary presentations are unique and extremely interesting. One could have tears of joy when watching the journey through space called "Space Next" which was shown on a Giant-Screen. There were school children of all ages in groups or with their parents exploring the place and enjoying themselves. There are dining facilities and all which is required for the convenience of the visitors. A valuable and memorable experience indeed.
  • June 24, 2017
    Very disappointed. We went with grandkids for the fourth time in about 6 years. The exhibits are the same as six years ago, only dirtier and inoperable in several cases. Made us wonder what the center does with its donations if exhibits are not updated. New technology needs to be reflected as well. We are often in the Oklahoma City facility that has some of the same exhibits, but rotate in new displays and hands-on stations to keep things fresh and up-to-date.
  • April 3, 2017
    Blah, is the best way to sum up this place. It opens at 10am except the water feature outside is at 10:30?? That doesn't make any sense. It cost $75 for me, my wife, and kid to go, that included the Solar System show in the planetarium, I don't feel they need to charge for the planetarium shows or the shark exhibit or riding the bicycle on a rope, greedy place... We were looking forward to the solar system show in the planetarium, it was a huge disappointment. They have such cool technology at their fingertips and the show was a complete let down, nothing more than a power point presentation and some lousy Q&A with a science center employee. My 3 year old has books on our solar system that were more informative. I was expecting something more like a Morgan Freeman narrated tour of the solar system where you would fly to each planet and across the surface experiencing each one. Instead it was a bunch of still photographs and moving GIF's on the ceiling, it really is possible it was made in house on power point. Why charge for it? There was 15 people in the planetarium show, open it up with free admission and attract more people. As for the science center portion there was a lot of non functioning displays, a huge lack of description on why and how something works. I take my family to learn not just experience these places. My kid had fun, but he also has a blast feeding ducks at a pond so it doesn't say much for this place. Fix the exhibits, explain the science behind it all, drop the added costs for the shows and special exhibit, get some shows with real production value. I am sure it is an expensive place to operate but come on, get it together, put some money into the reason it is there.
  • June 23, 2017
    I love coming here with a friend or family member to spend some time learning about new things related to science! Great place to visit if you're in the area.

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