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Planning Your Visit

Traffic Advisory:

Due to athletic events in the L.A. Coliseum, traffic will be heavier than usual in and around Exposition Park and parking availability is not guaranteed. Please plan your trip accordingly or try taking the Metro Expo Line.

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Hours, Admission & Parking

The California Science Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

The IMAX Theater is open daily. Please consult our movie times page or call 213-744-7400 for show information.

Admission to the Science Center's permanent exhibition galleries is FREE.* IMAX admission prices vary depending on age. Group discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. There is a separate charge for Science Center attractions including: the Ecology Cliff Climb, High Wire Bicycle and the Motion-Based Simulator.

Parking is $10 for cars and "yellow" school buses, and $25 for Charter buses and oversize vehicles (cash only).** To reach the parking structure, turn west into Exposition Park on 39th Street from Figueroa and follow the signs. For more detailed information, see Map & Directions.

Photo: IMAX audienceIf you're coming in a group of 15 or more people, please check our group reservations page. Guest amenities such as food services and an ATM are offered for your convenience. Also, the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheel chair accessible. For more information about Science Center hours or programs, please contact us.

How to Find Us

South of downtown Los Angeles, the California Science Center is located in historic Exposition Park, just two blocks west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at the Exposition Boulevard exit. Public transportation to the Science Center is also available. For more detailed information, see Map & Directions.

Photo: flight interactivePlanning Tips

The California Science Center is an ideal destination because it has something for everyone - families, school groups, adults and children. Here are a few tips to help make your visit more enjoyable.

  • During the weekdays in winter and spring, the best time to visit is after 1:30PM due to heavy field trip attendance. It is best to arrive as early as possible on weekends.
  • Don't miss our Special Exhibits. They change throughout the year, always offering new and interesting ways to learn about science.
  • When you arrive, be sure to check at the Information Center for the day's special activities.
  • If you are with children 7 and under, stop by the Discovery Rooms in Creative World or World of Life for some hands-on learning.


An ATM is available on the first floor for guest convenience.

* Does not include the IMAX theater.

** During special events, parking rates may increase.