Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Is an advance reservation required?

Our permanent galleries are free and do not require a reservation. IMAX and Special Exhibit tickets are required, and groups of 15 or more must contact our reservations department at (213) 744-2019. 

Other Questions

What parts of the Science Center are currently closed?

Space Shuttle Endeavour inside the Samuel Oschin Pavilion is currently closed. The High-Wire Bike, climbing wall, and World of Life Discovery Room are also temporarily closed.

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.

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, monopods, selfie sticks, stabilizers, gimbals, 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 and let your imagination take flight as you explore our amazing airplanes and spacecraft, and enjoy making new memories at the Science Center. 

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: