Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Is an advance reservation required?

Our permanent galleries including Space Shuttle Endeavour are free and do not require a reservation. IMAX tickets are required, and groups of 15 or more should contact our reservations department. 

Other Questions

What parts of the Science Center are currently closed?

Portions of Creative World, including the Earthquake Simulator, are currently closed. The High-Wire Bike, climbing wall, Tess, and World of Life Discovery Room are also temporarily closed.

Does reopening include the return of education programs?

Education programs for schools are currently virtual and can be found on our Virtual Field Trips page. Live shows and demonstrations at the California Science Center are temporarily on hold. Our online Stuck at Home Science program contains a library of activities and demonstrations, available for free, with activity sheets in English and Spanish.

Are you scheduling school or group visits?

Yes! Visit our group reservations page for more information. School groups can also experience the Science Center and interact with our educators online through our Virtual Field Trips.

Is the IMAX Theater open?

Yes! Immerse yourself in different worlds on our seven-story high movie screen. Please note that we strongly recommend you make your reservations online or by phone in advance with a small service fee.

How does this affect my Membership?

Members are not charged a service fee for IMAX and special exhibit ticket purchases. For more information about Member opportunities and benefits, please visit our Membership page or contact the Membership Office at or (213) 744-7504. We thank our Members for their vital support of our mission to inspire science learning in everyone!

Can I store luggage or items?

No, we are unable to store any items.

Can I take photos?

We encourage guests to take photos throughout your visit! Please note, however, that flash is often prohibited inside our special exhibitions to protect the artifacts—check the guidelines for individual exhibitions for details. Also, tripods, selfie sticks and mobile camera sticks are not allowed inside the Science Center.

Are you hosting private events?

Yes! Please reach out to our Events team for more information about our private meetings, weddings, and event opportunities. 

What’s available online?

The California Science Center offers many free opportunities to learn online with Virtual Field Trips, Stuck at Home Science activities, FunLab, the podcast Ever Wonder?, and Inside Endeavour virtual tours. There is also online access to ExploraStore and Endeavour Store merchandise.

Featured exhibits

Meet live animals in Ecosystems, follow Endeavour on its trek through Los Angeles with the Mission 26: The Big Endeavour photo exhibition, let your imagination take flight as you explore our amazing airplanes and spacecraft, and enjoy making new memories at the Science Center. 

Special Exhibitions

Through engaging images, follow Endeavour on its 2012 trek through sunny California skies and the city streets of Los Angeles and Inglewood with the Mission 26: The Big Endeavour photo exhibition. 

Air and Space Exhibits

Guests can explore the Science Center’s air and space artifacts, learn about human space flight, aeronautics, and more with exhibits including:


Visitors can observe live animals in Ecosystems with many galleries illustrating different ecological environments now open, including: