This is one of the coolest places to visit. The California Science Center is constantly holding special exhibits and IMAX movies all the time. The Body Worlds 3 Exhibit in 2008 was amazing. I went to the Body Worlds 2 Exhibit years ago and that was just awesome! The Science Center recently acquired one of the Space Shuttles. I haven't seen it yet mainly because there is quite the line to check it out. Prices vary for entrance depending on what you want to see. You should schedule your visit. An additional $3 per ticket for phone orders and $2 per ticket for online orders. I highly recommend the audio tour for an additional $5 - it is worth it! Parking at the Science Center is accessible from Figueroa.
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* to drop mad science- to teach, done especially in a stylish way or in a kind of matter of fact manner.
South of downtown L.A. has some appeal- one such place that's, like, really cool, is at the California Science Center. This is a place of learning and having fun all kids- the wee ones and adult-sized. Best thing here: FREE admission to permanent exhibits and other inexpensive attractions.
Several have been through the center's Samuel Oschin Pavilion doors to get a glimpse of legendary retired space shuttle, Endeavour. The center also hosted the highly attended Body Worlds exhibits 1 & 2 (2004/05)
Ok, to "keep it real", the center is in a so-so area of Los Angeles. Going south of the center, one will see the the less glamorous part of the city. I mean, it is the ghetto, but the center is safe enough for a visit indeed! This is very much a family-oriented locale but adults will also enjoy themselves here. Dare I say, even a place to meet for a date- and not just for science geeks !
Open 10 AM- 5PM* *Hours may slightly change.
Come here especially during lesser crowded weekday afternoons or on the weekend. Weekday morning are quite busy with school chilldren groups.
Especially for a local, make an effort to use public transit here. There is a rail line stop dedicated to Exposition Park and it is a short walk away from the center's entrance. Leave the car at home or find a free/cheap parking spot. Otherwise, Expo parking is about $10.
The best thing about the California Science Center is that their exhibits are very interactive which makes things even more interesting you'd never think science is boring! There's a lot of hands-on activities which are really cool and can make even you old fuddy duddy you stop, take a look, and want to find out more.
Most of the permanent exhibits are free but some attractions like the high wire bicycle have a minimal fee. There is also an admission price for the IMAX Theater. I strongly suggest you try the high wire bicycle! Man oh man it was sooo cool! Scary at first but oh soo cool!
The California Science Center is open daily from 10am to 5pm except for Christmas, New Year's and Thanksgiving. Best time to visit is on a weekday afternoon for less people.
When you enter the California Science Center, you'll step inside Science Court, a fun-filled space that features science demonstrations, special exhibits and even a bike you can ride across a cable three stories above the ground! Science Court is made up of three special areas: Edgerton Court on the first floor, Disney Science Court on the second floor, and Mark Taper Sky Court, located on the third floor.
Some of the special attractions in Science Court include the High Wire Bicycle, Motion-Based Simulator and the Cave Climb. Another feature is the Hypar, a five-story moving sculpture designed by artist Chuck Hoberman. Science Court also offers special exhibits and programs that change often.
A seven-story IMAX screen the largest in Los Angeles brings to life worlds as small as an atom and as vast as the universe.
IMAX, which stands for maximum image, is a motion picture system invented and developed by the Toronto-based IMAX Corporation. Here are a few facts about this exciting film format:
IMAX movie screens are designed to make viewers a part of the action with movie screens that extend beyond the peripheral vision for a full view of images. The razor-sharp images and six-channel surround sound systems also help immerse the viewer in the films.
The theater's six-channel digital sound system is designed in a surround sound pattern so that every moviegoer can hear even the smallest sound effect. A network of 44 speakers bathes every seat in 12,000 watts of sound.
IMAX uses the largest film frame in the motion picture industry - 10 times larger than Hollywood's standard 35-mm film format and 3 times bigger than the standard 70-mm frame. The larger film frame creates images of unsurpassed clarity and impact.
Key to the IMAX projection system's performance, reliability, extraordinary sharpness and clarity is the sheer size of the screen, combined with the unique "rolling loop" film movement, which advances the film horizontally in a smooth, wave-like motion. During projection, each film frame is positioned on fixed registration pins, while the film is held firmly against the back of the lens by a vacuum. As a result, the picture and focus steadiness exceed normal standards.
For 3D performances, audiences wear polarized, lightweight glasses with large lenses, providing extra wide viewing of the screen. The glasses, combined with the giant screen, bring images closer to the audience than any other 3D format developed to date.
Offers hearing assistance system for the hearing impaired. Visitors have the movie's narration amplified by wearing wireless headsets connected to pocket transmitters.
Another great museum at exposition park. This is brand new and dedicated to science with exhibits on physics, astronomy and biology. They have frequent temporary exhibits such as Body and Dinosaurs.