Hours of Operation
Exhibits open daily**
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Box Office open daily
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
** Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Timed-entry reservations are required
We strongly recommend you make your reservations online or by phone in advance. Reservations can also be made on-site at the box office with no service fee, but availability and your preferred entry time are not guaranteed for in-person reservations. The service fee is also waived for Members making reservations online or by phone.
Separate timed tickets, available for purchase online, are required for our special exhibition Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia, as well as for the IMAX Theater. Please purchase your tickets online before arriving to guarantee your preferred time for viewing. Members receive a discount on IMAX and special exhibition tickets.
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Stay home if you're sick
Please do not visit the California Science Center if you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or COVID symptoms in the last 10 days, if you are currently under isolation or quarantine orders, or if you have experienced any of the following symptoms in the last 10 days: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. Do not visit if you have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or more. The Science Center has a flexible rebooking policy, as long as you contact us at (213) 744-2019 before your visit date and time. No refunds.
Masks are recommended
Masks are optional for all visitors regardless of vaccination status. Although masking is not required, both the state and local health advisors are strongly recommending masking, regardless of vaccination status, in indoor public spaces.
Have questions? Check our FAQs.
Mission Safety Protocols
The California Science Center’s cleaning protocols uphold the highest standards of cleanliness. Our climate control systems bring in the maximum possible amount of outdoor air and use hospital-grade filtration. You will find handwashing and sanitizing stations throughout the Science Center.
Please be on time for your reservation
Please be on time for your reservation. Please print your reservation bar code or have your bar code ready on your mobile device when you arrive.
Treat each other like stars
Our staff is here to help you have a wonderful time learning in a fun environment. Please respect them. We won't tolerate any yelling, intimidation, threats, swearing, or any other inappropriate behavior. Anyone who is aggressive towards staff or other guests will be asked to leave.
Admission to the Science Center's permanent exhibition galleries is FREE (excluding IMAX and Special Exhibits), but requires a timed-entry reservation. Enhance your experience by visiting our special exhibitions.
The Science Center offers self-guided experiences of Permanent and Special Exhibit galleries and IMAX Movies at discounted prices for Field Trips and Groups of 15 or more. School groups can also experience the Science Center and interact with our educators online through our Virtual Field Trips.
South of downtown Los Angeles, the Science Center is located in historic Exposition Park which is across the street from the Expo Park/USC Station on the Metro Expo Line. By car, the Science Center is two blocks west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at the Exposition Boulevard exit.
Plan your self-guided experience of the Science Center.
We are devoted to making the Science Center accessible and enjoyable for everyone.
A limited menu of food is available to purchase. You'll find pizzas, burgers, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, and kid-friendly meals, as well as grab-and-go options. Eating and drinking is ONLY permitted in designated indoor and outdoor dining areas.
Take your science learning home by shopping for educational gadgets, games and souvenirs at the ExploraStore.
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.
Learn more about Exposition Park and neighboring attractions.
Lost and Found
The California Science Center will do its best to help reunite guests with their lost property.
- During Your Visit: Stop by the Information Desk located near the south entrance to the Science Center to get help with any Lost and Found inquiries. Please note that the Information Desk is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
- After Your Visit: If you realize you lost something at the Science Center, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that Office Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.