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California Science Center

California Science Center
Established 1951
Location Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California
Type Science museum
Public transit access    Expo Park/USC (Expo Line)

The California Science Center (sometimes spelled California ScienCenter) is a state agency and museum located in Exposition Park, Los Angeles. Billed as the West Coast's largest hands-on science center, the California Science Center is a public-private partnership between the State and the California Science Center Foundation. The museum is also an affiliate in the Smithsonian Affiliations program.[1]

Formerly known as the California Museum of Science and Industry, the Museum was remodeled in 1998 as the California Science Center. Currently it consists of the IMAX Theater, the Sketch Foundation Gallery - Air and Space Exhibits (formerly Aerospace Hall), designed by Frank Gehry, and the Science Center itself - including the March 2010 opening of the Ecosystems exhibition wing.

The California Science Center hosts the California State Science Fair annually.

In late 2012, the center received the Space Shuttle Endeavour.[2]

General admission is free although there is a charge for rides and the IMAX Theater. Reservations are required to see Endeavour during peak periods.[3] The museum hosted 2 million visitors in 2012 on the basis of the Endeavour exhibit.[4]

Partial list of vehicles on display as of October 2012

Manned Spacecraft
Robotic Spacecraft

Transformation and Renovation

In 1993, the Museum decided on a long-term renovation and transformation of its role from a science museum to a science education facility. This new facility would be known as the California Science Center. The master plan for this facility would be executed in three phases:

Phase I

  • Redesign of the main building (Howard F. Ahmanson building).
  • Science Plaza - Exhibits outside the main entrance.
    • World of Life - Explores the science of life in five galleries.
    • Creative World - Highlights technology in transportation, communications and structures. Features include a virtual reality exhibit where you can play sports using virtual reality, an earthquake simulator and other exhibits.
    • Special Exhibits gallery - Exhibits in this room have included a Titanic exhibit, a magic exhibit, a toy exhibit, and the widely known human body exhibit.
    • ExploraStore - Store specializing in scientific and educational items.
  • IMAX theater - Seven-story IMAX screen, largest in Los Angeles.
  • Phase I was completed and opened in 1998.

Phase II

  • New parking structure with surrounding gardens.
  • Renovate the historic Armory building into the new Science Center School and Amgen Center for Science Learning.
  • Air and Space Gallery renovation.
  • Ecosystems.

Phase III

  • Worlds Beyond - Planned, will open in 2018.


See also


  1. ^ "California Science Center". Affiliate Detail. Smithsonian Affiliations. 2011. Retrieved 15 Jul 2011. 
  2. ^ "Space shuttle Endeavour arrives at Los Angeles museum after 12-mile trip across city". USA Today. 12 April 2011. 
  3. ^
  4. ^
  • Torneo, Erin (April 5, 2006). "Superhero Science".  

External links

  • Official website
  • Brief story about the California Museum of Science and Industry
  • CMSI Remembering the California Museum of Science & Industry
  • EHDD Architecture Phase II architects

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