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California Science Center

California Science Center

Science Museum and Movie Theater
South LA, Los Angeles
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    Monique R.
    "Free admission."(9 Tips)
    Los Angeles
    "space shuttle Endeavour for a nominal fee"(4 Tips)
    "Loved the Ecosystems exhibit."(4 Tips)
    Carly N.
    "Kids loved seeing the space shuttle endeavor."(2 Tips)
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  • Cherith Z.heart icon on user image
    Cherith ZanghiJanuary 31, 2017
    Fun with lots of hands-on interactive exhibits. A spacious building with plenty to explore from nature to how cities deal with earthquakes to space travel. Several food options. Parking $12 cash only
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonMarch 8, 2013
    The California Science Center is one of only four locations to receive a retired space shuttle. The Endeavor traveled 12 miles through the streets of Los Angeles to rest here.
  • NASA
    NASAJune 18, 2012
    The California Science Center Foundation is one of four institutions to receive a Space Shuttle Orbiter for permanent display!
    Upvoted Aug 3
  • Kelley L.
    Kelley L.October 11, 2019
    Free admission. They have cool exhibitions sometimes. Visit their gift shop for cool items.
  • José A.heart icon on user image
    José AyalaAugust 10, 2016
    The Endeavour is just worth the visit, as well as other space program things. Most of the exhibitions are for kids, who are everywhere making noise. Free entrance and free Wi-Fi.
  • jay
    jayMay 28, 2013
    Endeavour photography exibition has some of the best photographs and cinematography i can honestly say ive ever seen. If you have the slightest interest in the space shuttle it will blow your mind.
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    SENSE MagazineOctober 20, 2012
    A great place to spend a day with the family or friends. Be sure to check out the Space Shuttle Endeavour now on display. An amazing addition to this great institution and Los Angeles.
  • Solutions i.
    Solutions in LAOctober 10, 2012
    Fun&informative. A lot of their exhibits are hands on, and they have a new fish tank that houses countless numbers of marine wildlife.They even have a marine petting zoo where you can touch starfish.
  • Ebbani R.heart icon on user image
    Ebbani ReyesApril 26, 2016
    Is a nice and very interesting place to visit and enjoy with the exhibitions. The IMAX is really cool!
  • Jason B.heart icon on user image
    Jason BJanuary 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Admission is free, but the more Premium exhibits require a ticket. If you plan on visiting Endeavour, buy your ticket in advance, but schedule your time so you have ample time to explore.
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunSeptember 28, 2014
    It's a fun place! Endeavor is here! You can touch star fish and other kinds of water creatures. Free admission
  • JBL
    JBLJune 6, 2013
    Interactive exhibits abound for even the non-science fan, as there's something for everyone in the expansive center. On display now is the Endeavor, and her history is a must-see.
  • No Nameheart icon on user image
    No NameMarch 31, 2015
    This place is wonderful for both kids and adults, they have interactive games in their "discovery centers" that are also educational and fun! It requires a minimum of 2 hours here, so much to see
  • Jinnie L.
    Jinnie LApril 6, 2015
    free admission (more like donation I did $5) pretty nice n entertaining!!! some exibits are require extra fee or reservations. And I'm really bummed out about missing the pompeii exposition!! .... T.T
  • Jason B.heart icon on user image
    Jason BMay 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Trying to eat healthy? Bypass the McDonalds they have there, and go for the Grab 'n Go. They have healthier snacks there, particularly health bars that actually taste good!
  • Carly N.heart icon on user image
    Carly NickersonJune 18, 2013
    Kids loved seeing the space shuttle endeavor. Most exhibits are free. Great place to visit. A bit overrun with school groups that have minimal supervision though.
  • Alexis
    AlexisJuly 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful museum and learning center in downtown. Visited the Cleopatra exhibit which was very interesting and the IMAX movie was fantastic. Then visited the Rose Garden just outside.
  • Christi S.
    Christi SotomayorAugust 3, 2013
    Just because it's free admission doesn't mean you can let your kids run around like savages, banging all the buttons, and ruining everyone else's experience. Take the opportunity to teach & learn!
  • Clarkheart icon on user image
    ClarkOctober 16, 2019
    Very family and kid oriented. The Endeavour is the biggest thing to come for (especially since tickets are donation based!)
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    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    Admission is free, and you can see the space shuttle Endeavour for a nominal fee of $2.
  • Charles A.heart icon on user image
    Charles AdamekJuly 12, 2022
    Right now (07/2022) there is a traveling exhibit from Cambodia, the Angkor collection. A ticketed event. Get reservations on line.
  • Jason B.heart icon on user image
    Jason BJanuary 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You have the opportunity to leave a donation at the foot of the stairs. The recommended donation amount is five dollars. However, feel free to donate more. I donated $20. It's for a good cause!
  • Steve R.heart icon on user image
    Steve RichNovember 2, 2016
    Special exhibits change from time to time. A membership to the CSC makes repeated visits easy and worthwhile.
  • Karen E.heart icon on user image
    Karen EguJuly 26, 2016
    This museum is definitely for families and kids. It's very interactive and there are colors and exhibits everywhere to explore! But as an older person, my friend and I got a little bored.
  • Evelina P.heart icon on user image
    Evelina ProdanovaNovember 2, 2017
    The Body Worlds exhibit is amazing!!! Endeavor is worth checking out too ;)
  • Chris G.
    Chris GJanuary 9, 2012
    Home of the Titanium Goose, The trainer variant of the A-12, serial number 60-6927. This blackbird is the only one with two canopies in tandem to allow training flights.
  • Jason B.heart icon on user image
    Jason BMay 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're there for the Pompeii exhibition, and you want to buy some of the books they have for sale about what happened to Pompeii, check Amazon first. You will likely pay MUCH less!
  • Bilal A.heart icon on user image
    Bilal ArpacıMay 15, 2018
    Must seen place! Very exciting to see Nasa control room, touching the wheels of a space shuttle or even seeing magnificent Endeavour. Truly inspiring!
  • Telegraph Manager
    Telegraph ManagerSeptember 24, 2013
    First day 10am: Take a light-rail ride on the recently opened Metro Expo Line to Exposition Park. The child-friendly California Science Center is home to the retired Space Shuttle Endeavour.
  • Reazor
    ReazorMay 17, 2015
    See sea scrolls first. People don't move they and stand around waiting while more people are let in. Entire exhibit is very good.
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LewMay 15, 2012
    Grab a free science passport card at the lobby before you head upstairs and get it stamped at the different stations to receive $1 off one of the attractions (including IMAX and the Explorastore)
  • Siew Khuen K.heart icon on user image
    Siew Khuen KhawDecember 13, 2014
    Great place for kids and education sure to visit the space shuttle!!!
  • Jay B.
    Jay BuysMarch 29, 2014
    State of the art facility that houses a freaking space shuttle but they haven't figured out how to take credit cards for the parking lot. Bring cash (10 bucks) to park.
  • Erica A.
    Erica A.May 30, 2013
    NEVER go on a weekday towards the end of the school year. You'll encounter a Center that WAY over-books school field trips that they can't accommodate. It's a madhouse. Someone send the Fire Marshall.
  • Scott R.
    Scott R.February 17, 2012
    May be the best free place in the whole Southern California area for kids. An overwhelming amount of things for them to see and do here.
  • Melissa C.heart icon on user image
    Melissa CabreraDecember 19, 2015
    It's perfect for dates if you're into nerdy stuff! I loved it here with my ex-boyfriend. You learn new things no matter how old you are and get to have fun too!
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJuly 5, 2011
    Did you know? The Science Center was formerly the State Exposition Building, which featured agricultural displays. In 1951, it was remodeled to show the role of technology and science in everyday life Read more
  • yo
    yoFebruary 23, 2013
    It's unable to use a mobile phone around the Endeavour. Best place to take a picture of the Endeavour is at the EXIT door :)
  • Lisa J.
    Lisa JaniaMarch 31, 2013
    Make sure to visit Endeavour! It's a great display and I can't wait until its permanent display is built. The rest of the museum was fun too.
  • Arnie P.heart icon on user image
    Arnie PanameñoDecember 5, 2017
    Come down and see The Body Worlds Pulse Exhibit! It’s very cool to see the human body displayed in such a manner.
  • Kristine C.heart icon on user image
    Kristine CherryOctober 12, 2013
    IMAX's Flight of the Butterflies is an amazing and beautiful documentary. Definitely bring your family and kids.
  • Billy S.heart icon on user image
    Billy SeolApril 8, 2017
    parking is a bit pricy but you are supporting the museums i guess! Great exhibitions.
  • Monique R.heart icon on user image
    Monique RamboFebruary 21, 2016
    Great for kids! Free admission. A wonderful way to engage and spend the day learning
  • David R.heart icon on user image
    David RamirezSeptember 10, 2014
    I remember when they remodeled this place, I was 6 and everything was so awesome! Now some parts of this museum seem kinda dirty and dated 😦
  • Nikos K.heart icon on user image
    Nikos KrodirasJuly 24, 2016
    Cool museum with many interactive stuff for kids. Plus the Shuttle Endeavour !
  • Nikki C.heart icon on user image
    Nikki CozzolaNovember 20, 2015
    Love the exhibits they host here in combination with the IMAX.
  • Paul M.heart icon on user image
    Paul MeyersJuly 15, 2012
    The underwater kelp exhibit is great for small kids. They get to see lots of fish and sharks close up.
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PagaranAugust 25, 2013
    My niece loved all the interactive exhibits! Great museum type place to take kids.
  • Rubi J.
    Rubi JuJanuary 6, 2015
    There are so many things to do and see in this science center. You spend one day doing all the activities.
  • Robert M.heart icon on user image
    Robert MaltezJune 23, 2017
    Great place to take the kids! You'd probably have fun too.
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