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California Science Center

California Science Center

Science Museum, Historic Site, and Gift Shop
South LA, Los Angeles
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  • 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.
  • José A.
    José AyalaAugust 10
    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.
    Upvoted Sep 3
  • 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.
  • SENSE Magazine
    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.
    Ebbani ReyesApril 26
    Is a nice and very interesting place to visit and enjoy with the exhibitions. The IMAX is really cool!
  • S_J L.
    S_J 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.
    Jason BJanuary 4, 2013
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BMay 24, 2014
    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!
  • Shereeneh A.
    Shereeneh AMarch 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
  • Carly N.
    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.
  • 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)
  • NASA
    NASAJune 18, 2012
    The California Science Center Foundation is one of four institutions to receive a Space Shuttle Orbiter for permanent display!
  • Jason B.
    Jason BJanuary 4, 2013
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Siew Khuen K.
    Siew Khuen KhawDecember 13, 2014
    Great place for kids and education sure to visit the space shuttle!!!
  • 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.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BMay 24, 2014
    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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Dylan P.
    Dylan PereraAugust 31, 2015
    Expeditions are usually well worth it. A few air and space objects are also always on display
  • Karen E.
    Karen EguJuly 26
    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.
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Melissa C.
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MeyersJuly 15, 2012
    The underwater kelp exhibit is great for small kids. They get to see lots of fish and sharks close up.
  • Anna J.
    Anna JonesDecember 14, 2011
    Very cool and neat sci-fi architecture- Caught Body Worlds and the Mummies exhibit here, so watch out for body-snatchers!
  • Metrolink
    MetrolinkNovember 27, 2012
    Endeavour is a must see while visiting! Very easy to get there by public transit.
  • Nikki C.
    Nikki CozzolaNovember 20, 2015
    Love the exhibits they host here in combination with the IMAX.
  • Paul S.
    Paul S.June 27
    Wow! If you're in Los Angeles, you must visit the CSC. They've got the Space Shuttle... come on!!!
  • Kristine C.
    Kristine CherryOctober 12, 2013
    IMAX's Flight of the Butterflies is an amazing and beautiful documentary. Definitely bring your family and kids.
  • David R.
    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 😦
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PagaranAugust 25, 2013
    My niece loved all the interactive exhibits! Great museum type place to take kids.
  • Monique R.
    Monique RamboFebruary 21
    Great for kids! Free admission. A wonderful way to engage and spend the day learning
  • Doug G.
    Doug GJanuary 27, 2015
    Great place, very cool that it's free. Was $10 bucks to park though.
  • Nikos K.
    Cool museum with many interactive stuff for kids. Plus the Shuttle Endeavour !
  • Gina L.
    Gina LeeNovember 14, 2011
    Things to see/do during your visit:- Giant Sea Bass- Garibaldi- Mexican Salamander- a cow's heart- Tess (50 ft. long body simulator)- jellyfish!- touch a sea star
  • Darla B.
    Darla BrownDecember 29, 2013
    The Endeavor exhibit is beyond amazing and inspiring. Must see.
  • Char A.
    Char AsisDecember 17, 2012
    To beat the crowds of kids that come for field trips, come after 12 PM when groups start leaving for lunch.
  • John C.
    John CookAugust 24, 2014
    Space shuttle exhibit is free with purchase of a special event ticket like Pompeii!
  • Yoya A.
    Yoya AlfaroJanuary 11
    If you are a normal person, try not to come on Mondays is full with school kids 😅
  • Gina L.
    Gina LOctober 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    So fun and FREE :) I felt like I was underwater in the kelp tunnel! Favorite part: testing my cold tolerance on the ice wall.
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