California Science Center, Los Angeles

4.6
#2 of 6 in Childrens Museums in Los Angeles
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. Using our international travel planner, Los Angeles attractions like California Science Center can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The California Science Center is a great place to go by yourself or take the family. They have many different types of exhibits and offer something for every age. Many of the exhibits you can particip...  more »
  • What a day. We only had a few hours spare but I think I could have spent a full day here. We saw the Ocean. Rivers and Space. Got first hand experience of the space shuttle Endeavour for no cost other...  more »
  • It is a place of learning and recognition of the science for all ages, very tidy, attractive and affordable
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  • Terrific docents, interesting and interactive exhibits, modern space and The Endeavor Space Shuttle. Beyond cool. A great bargain, too. The current King Tut exhibit is fantastic. It runs through the year, then to Europe. This does require you purchase tickets in advance. If you don't want to see Tut, no worries, it won't interfere with the rest of the space.
  • Note, this place is still good for kids, I'm working from a perspective of someone in their mind 20s. I remember going here about 13 years ago as a kid and seeing all the cool things that they had and loving all the interactive displays that they had. Well, all those years later it's still mostly the same! Seriously, some of the things here after so outdated it's almost embarrassing to bring friends here. The endeavour space ship was a really cool thing to visit, and I skipped the human body show since it cost quite a bit for me and didn't really seem all that exciting. Overall, it looked outdated, run down, and just not the fun place it used to be. I think they got funding cut from them since it's a state museum. If they actually charged for entrance maybe they could fill this place with some really cool displays. If you're in the area, skip this museum and go to the natural history museum; that's a really cool place!
  • The best science museum I've ever been to in my life! The perfect size and a fair traffic with inexpensive cost. My kids(10 and 13) just loved this place. A plenty of activities that you can spend the whole day with excitement. I was so glad that we've found this place.
  • We visited here for the main reason to see the space shuttles but were thrilled with all the other exhibits that are there. We ate here at the market shop and I was very happy to find that all of the salads, wraps etc. we're all clearly labelled vegan / vegetarian - This makes life so much easier for myself as a vegan and made the whole experience better.

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