We aspire to stimulate curiosity and inspire science
learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences,
because we value science as an indispensable tool for
understanding our world, accessibility and inclusiveness,
and enriching people's lives.
An admission-free venue, the Science Center offers permanent and changing exhibits and related educational programming through several galleries spanning more than 400,000 sq. feet. World of Life, probes the commonalities of the living world, from the single-celled bacterium to the 100-trillion-celled human being; Creative World examines the ways people employ technology to meet their needs for transportation, communication and structures. The SKETCH Foundation Air and Space Gallery combines items owned by the Science Center and a stunning array of items on loan from the Smithsonian Institution to introduce visitors to the aerospace industry and to the exploration of the stars and the planets.
In March of 2010, the Science Center opened Ecosystems. The major expansion nearly doubles the amount of exhibition space at the Science Center and features an unprecedented blend of live plants and animals, and hands-on science exhibits in 11 immersive environments—unique among science centers in the United States. From walking through a living kelp forest to experimenting on a polar ice wall, explorers investigate some of the Earth's most fascinating ecosystems. Guests experience exciting and innovative exhibits, including a 188,000-gallon kelp tank populated with live kelp, fish and other marine life; a desert flash flood; and a special gallery dedicated to the urban ecology of Los Angeles. Ecosystems occupies 45,000 square feet and features nearly 400 species of plants and animals. The experience empowers explorers with the science knowledge to become better stewards of the environment.
The Science Center also features a non-profit, educationally focused IMAX Theater with a capacity to create images of exceptional clarity and impact through the use of the largest film frame in the motion picture industry.