California Science Center
|Location||Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California|
|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 of California and the California Science Center Foundation. The museum is also an affiliate in the Smithsonian Affiliations program.
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.
General admission is free although there is a charge for rides including the high-wire bicycle, motion simulator and the IMAX Theater. Reservations are required to see Endeavour during peak periods. The museum hosted 2 million visitors in 2012 on the basis of the Endeavour exhibit.
The Science Center is open to the public seven days a week, 362 days per year.
Partial list of vehicles on display as of April 2015
- Douglas DC-8 jetliner
- Lockheed F-104D Starfighter
- Lockheed A-12 Blackbird two-seater trainer, Serial Number 60-6927
- Replica Bell X-1 (movie prop from The Right Stuff)
- 1902 Wright Glider replica
- 1929 Velie Monocoupe
- Northrop T-38 Talon Jet Trainer, Serial Number 58-1196
- Northrop F-20 Tigershark
- McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet
- Capsule for Mercury-Redstone 2 which carried Ham the Chimp into space
- Capsule for Gemini 11
- Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Command Module
- Space Shuttle Endeavour
- Engineering prototype for Viking Lander
- Cassini-Huygens planetary probe (mock up)
- Pioneer 10 planetary probe
- Mariner IV planetary probe
- Pioneer-Venus planetary probe
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Worlds Beyond - Planned, will open in 2018.
- Mathematica: A World of Numbers... and Beyond
- California State and Consumer Services Agency
- Exposition Park (Los Angeles)
- "California Science Center". Affiliate Detail. Smithsonian Affiliations. 2011. Retrieved July 16, 2011.
- "Space shuttle Endeavour arrives at Los Angeles museum after 12-mile trip across city". The Washington Post. April 12, 2011. Retrieved April 12, 2011.[dead link]
- http://www.californiasciencecenter.org/GenInfo/PlanningYourVisit/Hours/Hours.php Retrieved January 5, 2014.
- http://www.aecom.com/deployedfiles/Internet/Capabilities/Economics/_documents/2012%20Theme%20Index%20Combined_1-1_online.pdf Retrieved January 5, 2014.
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