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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.
  • Cherith Z.
    Cherith ZanghiJanuary 31
    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
  • 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.
  • NASA
    NASAJune 18, 2012
    The California Science Center Foundation is one of four institutions to receive a Space Shuttle Orbiter for permanent display!
  • José A.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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!
  • Ebbani R.
    Ebbani ReyesApril 26, 2016
    Is a nice and very interesting place to visit and enjoy with the exhibitions. The IMAX is really cool!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • No Name
    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
  • 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)
  • 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.
    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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • Siew Khuen K.
    Siew Khuen KhawDecember 13, 2014
    Great place for kids and education ..be sure to visit the space shuttle!!!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 :)
  • Steve R.
    Steve RichNovember 2, 2016
    Special exhibits change from time to time. A membership to the CSC makes repeated visits easy and worthwhile.
  • 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.
  • Karen E.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Dylan P.
    Dylan PereraAugust 31, 2015
    Expeditions are usually well worth it. A few air and space objects are also always on display
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kristine C.
    Kristine CherryOctober 12, 2013
    IMAX's Flight of the Butterflies is an amazing and beautiful documentary. Definitely bring your family and kids.
  • Metrolink
    MetrolinkNovember 27, 2012
    Endeavour is a must see while visiting! Very easy to get there by public transit.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PagaranAugust 25, 2013
    My niece loved all the interactive exhibits! Great museum type place to take kids.
  • Billy S.
    Billy Seol2 weeks ago
    parking is a bit pricy but you are supporting the museums i guess! Great exhibitions.
  • Nikki C.
    Nikki CozzolaNovember 20, 2015
    Love the exhibits they host here in combination with the IMAX.
  • 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
  • Doug G.
    Doug GJanuary 27, 2015
    Great place, very cool that it's free. Was $10 bucks to park though.
  • 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.
  • Darla B.
    Darla BrownDecember 29, 2013
    The Endeavor exhibit is beyond amazing and inspiring. Must see.
  • Monique R.
    Monique RamboFebruary 21, 2016
    Great for kids! Free admission. A wonderful way to engage and spend the day learning
  • 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 😦
  • Audrey L.
    Audrey LeeAugust 1, 2010
    Flash flood in the Desert room of Ecosystems exhibit comes at the ten min. mark, but get there a bit early to get a seat in the splash zone, eg @ 3:17pm for the 3:20pm flood.
  • Paul S.
    Paul S.June 27, 2016
    Wow! If you're in Los Angeles, you must visit the CSC. They've got the Space Shuttle... come on!!!
  • Todd W.
    Todd WhiteFebruary 17, 2015
    Awesome display of the space shuttle that is perfect for all ages
  • Nikos K.
    Nikos KrodirasJuly 24, 2016
    Cool museum with many interactive stuff for kids. Plus the Shuttle Endeavour !
  • John C.
    John CookAugust 24, 2014
    Space shuttle exhibit is free with purchase of a special event ticket like Pompeii!
  • Dora C.
    Dora CrespínSeptember 22, 2013
    Coming here by Metro is the best option. No parking fee (is $10 at the Museum)
  • Mike O.
    Mike OlsenNovember 27, 2012
    Definitely lame if you don't visit endeavour shuttle, maybe very young kids would enjoy this place but I doubt it.
  • Yoya A.
    Yoya AlfaroJanuary 11, 2016
    If you are a normal person, try not to come on Mondays is full with school kids 😅
  • John K.
    John KiddeApril 4, 2016
    Free, great hands on exhibits and the Endeavour is here.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    Admission is free, and you can see the space shuttle Endeavour for a nominal fee of $2.
  • Alexis
    AlexisOctober 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Endeavor Fest celebrates the anniversary of the Space Shuttle's historic arrival to LA! Check out www.xplorela.com for more awesome events!
  • Micah F.
    Micah FinleyNovember 25, 2013
    Fun place to go with families and educate kids and even some parents
  • Andres C.
    Andres ChavezAugust 15, 2012
    The wall with ice is awesome ! I love putting my friends face on it ! :D
  • Zelina M.
    Zelina Munoz-FriedmanAugust 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    It's free to visit and they just opened their new wing called the Ecosystem! It is fantastic!
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezMarch 29, 2015
    Fun place to spend an afternoon.
  • Cinthya R.
    Cinthya RamirezJuly 4, 2015
    It's so cool and u get to see a lot of neat things and even get to ride the shuttle..
  • Marjorie B.
    Marjorie BApril 4, 2015
    Fun & Free!! Great place to explore with the kids!
  • Candice H.
    Candice HardingJuly 22, 2014
    Great Hands on learning experience for children and adults.
  • Christian T.
    Christian TafoyaDecember 2, 2014
    Free admission. Parking is cash only.
  • Charlie A.
    Charlie AispuroAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Mid afternoon on weekdays is the best time to stroll
  • Nerissa
    NerissaAugust 16, 2010
    One of the best FREE activities for kids. Loved the Ecosystems exhibit.
  • Jason L.
    Jason LatshawNovember 6, 2010
    On USC gamedays, be sure you tell the parking attendant you're there for the museum. You'll pay $8 instead of $25 for parking!
  • Abigail M.
    Abigail MendozaMay 3, 2010
    American I Am is not for everyone. But, it is very depressing and shows you how far this country has gone. The Ecosystems exhibit was amazing (though I may be biased since I work for an environmental Read more
  • PrincessOnTheGo.com
    Go to California Science Center. It's FREE and a great place for kids as well as adults. Rt next to the L.A. Coliseum!
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel CherkisAugust 7, 2014
    Pompeii exhibit closes at 3:30, not 5, which is what the website says. Go early.
  • Osman A.
    Osman AMarch 31, 2016
    Stunning it sure brought me back to begging for a special memory . Which affected my eyesight
  • Moe S.
    Moe ShehataSeptember 26, 2016
    It was okay, it's more for kids and all. It also hasn't been renovated for a while.
  • Darryl J.
    Darryl JohnsonAugust 17, 2011
    You gotta check out Mummies of the World, the thing with the 50 foot robot, and Born to Be Wild 3D is so touching.
  • Qaiser B.
    Qaiser BachaniDecember 23, 2016
    If you have been to Smithsonian in DC, this won't WOW you that much.
  • Darren B.
    Darren BradshawNovember 12, 2013
    Amazing place! Visit!
  • Matthew
    MatthewDecember 15, 2015
    It was cool seeing the Space Shuttle
  • Erik C.
    Erik CurtisDecember 30, 2013
    Get your tixkers online. IMAX shows sellout on busy days.
  • Alexia C.
    Alexia CardenasSeptember 1, 2015
    Great place to go on a weekend. And it's free!
  • Janella B.
    Janella BNovember 16, 2010
    $8 for parking... Admission free but @ entrance there's donation box for the ecosystems exhibit $5 for adults
  • Patrick J.
    Patrick JonesApril 4, 2010
    The Hubble 3D IMAX movie is well worth it. Spectacular views of our universe and world. Simply amazing.
  • 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.
  • JTDEZIGN
    JTDEZIGNMarch 6, 2012
    Awesome place for kids & for exploring.
  • Anna D.
    Anna DillardNovember 11, 2012
    I work here. Its awesome!
  • Dora
    DoraJune 28, 2010
    Don’t forget closed shoes if kids want to try out the high wire bicycle, 43 feet above the atrium floor.Powered by ParentsConnect.com Read more
  • May S.
    May SJanuary 4, 2016
    Absolutely love the high wire bicycle.
  • Oscar G.
    Oscar GutierrezMay 31, 2011
    Fun place to takes your kids this summer check it out http://www.californiasciencecenter.org/ Read more
  • Jason B.
    Jason BMarch 25, 2013
    They serve Doritos Locos Tacos at the Taco Bell/Pizza Hut Express!
  • Kristine C.
    Kristine CherryOctober 12, 2013
    Endeavour-fest going on this weekend only. You go, you go Now!
  • Rosy D.
    Rosy DJuly 9, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The have good summer camps for kids
  • Aly R.
    Aly R.August 27, 2011
    It's FREEEEEE. And there's always something new there.
  • Pixie
    PixieNovember 30, 2012
    See the Endeavor... Wow! Simply breathtaking!
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    Rashen LautnerJanuary 6, 2015
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  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuSeptember 6, 2015
    Just amazing. And free!
  • Aneel S.
    Aneel ShenkerJuly 12, 2013
    Bring cash for parking.
  • Alicia L.
    Alicia LMay 12, 2013
    Really enjoyed the Endeavor exhibit!
  • Chad T.
    Chad TovarAugust 31, 2014
    Very nice and clean building
  • L🦄 L.
    L🦄 L🤖April 4, 2015
    Science!!!!!
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  • César Rodrigo R.
    Excelente elección para visitar un museo...su principal atracción: el Endeavour...su principal defecto: hay mucho niño gritón y tentón...pero de ahí en fuera, el mejor museo que he visitado en EUA
  • Youngjin
    YoungjinFebruary 13, 2015
    가장 좋은 것은 무료라는 점. 바로 옆에 있는 자연사 박물관은 유료. 눈에 확 띄는 시설이나 체험프로그램은 없지만, 아기자기한 맛이 있다. 가족단위 나들이객에게 추천할만한 곳.
  • Lau U.
    Lau UMarch 14
    La exposición de Pixar muy buena, el resto del museo tiene salas interesantes. Vale la pena como plan de domingo.
  • Pau T.
    Pau TaveraMay 11, 2015
    Es divertido, interactivo y gratis! Perfecto para los niños aunque no hay mucha oferta de comida
  • elisa t.
    elisa tonkinFebruary 9, 2016
    Muy entretenido, interactivo! Lo mejor Endeavor
  • Edgar L.
    Edgar LaresDecember 31, 2015
    parte del museo es gratis pero para ver el transbordador hay que pagar y te sale mejor precio si inluyes la sala IMAX
  • Maribel G.
    una buena opción económica y entretenida
  • Luis S.
    Luis ShimabukuroJuly 20, 2015
    De graça pra você curtir o centro de ciências e se quiser ver o Space Shuttle Endeavour só pagar 2 dólares!!!
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