Plan your visit

  • Children watching IMAX film

    Admission

    Admission to the Science Center's permanent exhibition galleries is FREE.* Enhance your experience by viewing an educational movie at our IMAX Theater or reserving timed admission to view Space Shuttle Endeavour and any of our special exhibitions.

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    Field Trips and Groups

    The Science Center offers self-guided experiences of Permanent and Special Exhibit galleries, Big Lab interactive programs, and IMAX Movies at discounted prices for Field Trips and Groups of 15 or more. 

  • Skyview of the Science Center

    Directions, Parking and Transportation

    South of downtown Los Angeles, the California Science Center is located in historic Exposition Park, just two blocks west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at the Exposition Boulevard exit. Public Transportation to the Science Center is also available.

  • Science Center Visitor Guide Overview

    Science Center Map

    Plan your self-guided experience of the Science Center.

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    Accessibility

    We are devoted to making the Science Center accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

  • Trimana food service and coffee shop

    Dining Options

    Enjoy a meal from one of our dining options located on the Science Center's 1st floor or grab a snack at the IMAX Theater's concession stand.

  • Explora Store Counter

    Explorastore

    Take your science learning home by shopping for educational gadgets, games and souvenirs at the Explorastore.

  • Discovery Ball 2013 Dinner Table and Space Hab

    Plan an Event

    Whether it's an intimate setting for forty or an extravaganza for four thousand, the California Science Center is the ideal setting for your corporate, nonprofit, or social event.

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    About Exposition Park

    Learn more about Exposition Park and neighboring attractions.

Planning Tips

The California Science Center is an ideal destination for everyone - families, groups, adults and children. Here are a few tips to help make your visit more enjoyable.

  • During the weekdays in fall, winter and spring, the best time to visit is after 1:00PM due to heavy group attendance. It is best to arrive as early as possible on weekends.
  • Don't miss our Special Exhibits. They change throughout the year, always offering new and interesting ways to learn about science.
  • Advanced tickets highly recommended for Special Exhibits, IMAX or Endeavour (when applicable).
  • When you arrive, be sure to check at the Information Center for the day's special activities.
  • If you are with children 7 and under, stop by the Discovery Rooms in Creative World, Ecosystems and World of Life for some hands-on learning.
  • Individual parking costs $10 and is located in the parking structure at the corner of 39th Street and Figueroa. Bus and RV parking is available. Please contact a reservationist at 213-744-2019. Payable only in cash.