The California Science Center in Los Angeles is a hands-on museum. Very little in the museum cannot be touched. It is a favorite spot for teachers to take their students, because of the interactive nature of it. In the museum students can see the new fish tank with over 750 different fish or even touch a few starfish.
This modern museum has travelling exhibits which usually changes out every 6 months or so. Those have included exhibits on genes, race, the human body and drugs, to name a few. Some of them have an entry fee, but that is pretty rare. The museum is based on donation only unless you are going to the IMAX theatre.
The IMAX Theater usually shows something having to do with space or the ocean. It generally runs around $10 per person to enter. Many of the teachers incorporate this into the field trip to give the students the whole experience of being at the California Science Center.
Inside the Museum, aside from the new fish tank, there is the Eco System exhibit. It is the newest permanent exhibit which explores the variety of eco-systems there are, such as, urban eco-systems. There is a display which shows how much paper and plastic is discarded by the average California resident, which gives one pause. To illustrate it, they took the paper thrown away on Earth Day 2009 and made a paper person out of it. It hangs overhead and is about 30 feet long.
There is a display showing the Egypt and its role in medicine. A temporary part of that are Mummy’s from there. Most of them are thousands of years old and have a back story which is almost heart wrenching. One of the interesting facts to come of that display is the idea that the Nile is considered sacred.
Students can ride across a tight rope in a bike; climb a wall or race in a simulator. There are also exhibits which explain the human body, have science centered art or plant life.
There is no need to bring boxed lunches to the California Science Center since there is a McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Park Café and Taco Bell Express on site. The prices are standard for the franchises, though some do add a little or eliminate some of the dollar menu items. Classes can eat inside, or outside overlooking the Rose Garden.
Entry is free, or rather by donation to the Museum. The exceptions to this are the IMAX and special exhibits.
Hours of Operation are 10 am to 5 pm 7 days per week. They are closed for most of the major holidays.
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 9003