Preparing for Your Mission



Exhibits Open Daily*

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Box Office 
  • Monday-Friday 
    9:30a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday-Sunday and Holidays 
    9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

* Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

A clock showing reservations are required in Reopening


Our permanent galleries are FREE and do not require a reservation. Timed tickets are required for the IMAX Theater and Special Exhibit. Please purchase your tickets online before arriving to guarantee your preferred time for viewing. Members receive a discount on IMAX tickets.

Groups of 15 or more, please call (213) 744-2019. Reservations are required. 

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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.

A clock showing reservations are required in Reopening

Please be on time for your reservation

Please be on time for your reservation. Due to traffic and park events, please arrive early, as parking may reach capacity. Please print your reservation bar code or have your bar code ready on your mobile device when you arrive. 

Endeavour is off display

Endeavour will be off display for several years, until the future Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center opens to the public. Read Go for Stack and subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.

Have questions? Check our FAQs.

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Girl throwing plane, while attending Hands-On Science Camp
Image attribution
Leroy Hamilton

Field Trips and Groups

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.



Exterior photo of the California Science Center building with crowds in the distance.


Directions, Parking and Transportation

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.


Science Center Map

Plan your self-guided experience of the Science Center.

Visitors walking along pathway leading to Science Center main entrance



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

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Dining Options

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. 


A family of a dad, mom, daughter and son buying products at the ExploraStore


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

Red carpet and stanchions on stairs leading to Lorsch Family pavilion for grand event entrance

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.

Pink roses from the Rose Garden at Exposition Park


About Exposition Park

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 [email protected]. Please note that Office Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.