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. Day of 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 masks required?

Everyone age two and over is required to wear a mask at all times, except while eating in designated dining areas. Despite the County of Los Angeles’ loosening of restrictions on wearing masks in public for those who are fully vaccinated, masks are required at the California Science Center even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19. We value the wellbeing of our guests and staff, and especially want to help keep kids safe and parents comfortable. 

Masks must be made of two or more layers of tightly woven material, must fit snugly against the sides of your face, entire nose, mouth and chin. Masks with valves, vents, mesh or holes are not permitted. Also, bandannas and other loose-fitting-style masks cannot be used as masks. If you remove your mask, you will be asked to leave. For more information about our mask policy, please check out our Mask FAQs.

Vaccine Verification Policy FAQ 

What about children under the age of 12?   

The city vaccine ordinance does not apply to children under the age of 12, nor are they required to show proof of negative COVID-19 test results.     

Which forms of proof of vaccination are accepted? 

We will accept an original CDC Vaccination Card, photocopy or photo, screenshot of digital record or official immunization record from another country.  

Which COVID-19 tests are accepted?   

PCR and Antigen tests taken with 72 hours of a visit to the California Science Center are accepted and must be described as such on test results. Antibody and home tests are NOT accepted. Test results can be digital or printed.  

When is I.D. required?   

Guests who appear to be 18 years of age and older must show valid identification that matches the name on their proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results.    

What is acceptable I.D.?   

We will accept identification issued by the United States or any other country’s government, including:  

  • Driver’s license 
  • Passport 
  • Other forms of government issued I.D.  
  • School or work I.D. cards   
What happens if I were vaccinated less than 14 days ago?    

The city ordinance states that full vaccination is 14 or more days after receiving a single-dose vaccine, or 14 or more days after receiving the 2nd of a two-dose vaccine.  You will not be considered fully vaccinated and will need to show negative test results less than 72 hours old in order to visit.  

What if a COVID-19 test is dated more than 72 hours or more than 3 days ago?   

The city ordinance states that a test must not be more than 72 hours or 3 days old.   

If I’ve had COVID-19 in the past but have not been vaccinated, am I still required to show proof of vaccination or test results? 

Yes. All guests 12 years of age and older must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.  

Are masks still required? 

Per Los Angeles County mandate, face masks will still be required inside our building despite vaccination or testing status.  

When is proof of vaccination required, upon entry or upon timed-entry purchase? 

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test will be checked at the California Science Center prior to entry.  

If I’ve already purchased timed reservations ahead of my visit, but I have not been vaccinated or tested, can I receive a refund?  

The California Science Center has a flexible rebooking policy.  Prior to your visit date, please contact us at (213) 744-2019 to rebook or cancel your reservation.

Other Questions

What parts of the Science Center are closed?

Discovery Rooms for our younger visitors and portions of Creative World, including the Earthquake Simulator, are currently closed. The High-Wire Bike and Climbing wall 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?

The California Science Center IMAX Theater is excited to welcome you back! Immerse yourself in different worlds on our seven-story high movie screen. 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.
  • We strongly recommend you make your reservations online or by phone in advance with a small service fee.
  • All movies will be shown in 3D. All 3D glasses are cleaned and sanitized before every use.
  • 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 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.

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. Explore the latest science about COVID-19 and find out how you can make a difference in All in This Together, a new exhibition in Disney Science Court on the second floor. And opening February 16, don't miss the world premiere exhibition Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia.

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: