Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Is an advance reservation required?

Yes. Timed-entry reservations are required for all guests. We strongly recommend you make your reservations online or by phone in advance with a small service fee. 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.

Where can I make timed-entry reservations in advance?

You can make your reservation online or by calling (323) SCIENCE.

Are face coverings required?

Everyone over the age of two is required to wear a face covering at all times while at the Science Center, except while eating in designated dining areas. Face coverings are required even if you have been vaccinated. They must be made of two or more layers of tightly woven material, must fit snugly against the sides of your face, and fully cover your nose, mouth and chin. Masks with valves, vents or holes are not permitted. Also, neck gaiters or bandannas cannot be used as face coverings.

We value the wellbeing of our guests and staff. If you remove your face covering, you will be asked to leave.   

What parts of the Science Center are open?

Space shuttle Endeavour in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion, Endeavour Together: Parts and PeopleSKETCH Foundation Air and Space Exhibits, parts of Ecosystems including many live animal habitat exhibits, the Mission 26: The Big Endeavour photo exhibition, the IMAX Theater, and the special exhibition The Art of the Brick. Separate paid tickets required for The Art of the Brick and IMAX Theater. See our list of featured exhibits below. 

What parts of the Science Center are closed?

High-touch areas, areas that are too small for social distancing, and areas that are currently under construction are closed, including the Discovery Rooms for our younger visitors, Creative World, World of Life, and the following areas of Ecosystems: Island Zone, River Zone, Poles, and Deep-Sea Vents (all opening by early May). New exhibitions Life: Beginnings and Dogs: A Science Tail will open in the World of Life gallery in late spring, and the Fire! Science and Safety exhibition will open in Creative World this summer.

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?

Due to Los Angeles County Health Department regulations, we are not currently able to accommodate group visits. Only people from the same household can visit together at this time. Each household is limited to six timed reservations per transaction. However, school groups can experience the Science Center and interact with our educators online through our Virtual Field Trips.

What guest amenities will be available?

Wheelchairs, touchless water stations for bottle refills, limited food service, ExploraStore and restrooms.

Is the IMAX Theater open?

The California Science Center IMAX Theater is excited to welcome you back! Immerse yourself in different worlds on our seven-story high movie screen with two exciting and classic films, Hubble and Under the Sea. To ensure the safety of our guests and staff, we are observing the following protocols.

  • Everyone over the age of 2 is required to wear face coverings at all times.
  • The IMAX theater has a reduced capacity to allow for safe physical distancing. Since capacity is limited, we strongly recommend you make your reservations online or by phone in advance with a small service fee.
  • Temperature and symptom checks will be conducted at the entrance of the theater.
  • Lines for each show will be outside and marked for social distancing.
  • All films will be temporarily shown in 2D to eliminate the need for 3D glasses.
  • Time between shows will be increased to allow for deep and thorough cleaning.
  • The concession stand is temporarily closed.
How does this affect my Membership?

Members are not charged a service fee for advance timed-entry reservations. For more information about Member opportunities and benefits,  please visit our Membership page or contact the Membership Office at member@californiasciencecenter.org or (213) 744-7504. We thank our Members for their vital support of our mission to inspire science learning in everyone!

Can I reenter the California Science Center?

Same day reentry is permitted.

Can I store luggage or items?

No, we are unable to store any items.

Are you still hosting private events?

At this time, gatherings of any size are not permitted by State and local authorities. However, the Events team is happy to provide information about our private meetings, weddings, and events program for future bookings. 

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

Many of our exhibits have been modified for hands-free interaction. 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. Although some of our exhibits and galleries are temporarily closed due to COVID restrictions, more will be opening soon!

The Art of the Brick

The Art of the Brick is back with intriguing works of art by Nathan Sawaya built entirely of LEGO® bricks. Accompanying the exhibition are instructions for hands-on science activities to enjoy at home using LEGO bricks. The Art of the Brick timed-entry reservations and tickets are available. 

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:

Ecosystems

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