| The California Science Center began as the Exposition Building in 1909 and has been growing and evolving ever since. In 1951, the institution became the California Museum of Science and Industry. Then, in 1987, the Museum underwent another transformation and name change. In keeping with its new mission as a state-of-the-art science education facility, it is now known as the California Science Center.
The $130 million "reinvention" could not have been more successful. Today’s California Science Center is abuzz with wide-eyed children excited by such hands-on, interactive attractions such as: Tess, the 50-foot animatronic woman who illustrates how the body’s organs work; a Space Docking Simulator, a virtual hovercraft in zero-gravity; and a 43-foot high-wire bicycle ride that demonstrates the principle of gravity and counterweights. Also larger than life is the new IMAX theater with a 7-story high, 90 feet wide screen and the latest in surround sound and 3D technology.
Location: 700 State Dr.
Hours: Daily: 10am-5pm Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day