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The California Science Center (sometimes spelled California ScienCenter) is a state agency and museum located in Exposition Park, Los Angelesmarker. Billed as the West Coast's largest hands-on science center, the California ScienCenter is a public-private partnership between the State and the California Science Center Foundation.

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) and the Science Center itself.

The California Science Center hosts the California State Science Fair annually.

Vehicles on display


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:

Phase I

  • 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.

Phase II

SKETCH Foundation Gallery, Air and Space Exhibits
  • 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.
  • World of Ecology - (est. 2010).

Phase III

  • Worlds Beyond - Planned.

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