AAA Editor Notes
California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Dr. within Exposition Park, allows visitors to probe and ponder hundreds of hands-on exhibits about the environment, powered flight, life sciences and human innovation.

The Ecosystems gallery showcases Earth's diverse environments, divided into eight themed areas: Extreme Zone, Forest Zone, River Zone, Island Zone, Global Zone, L.A. Zone, the Rot Room and the Family Discovery Room. A kelp forest thrives within a 188,000-gallon tank, and a transparent tunnel at the tank's bottom affords a spectacular view of the forest's waving fronds and its various aquatic denizens, including leopard sharks, bat rays and moray eels.

The SKETCH Foundation Gallery includes jet planes as well as flown space capsules from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo-Soyuz missions. World of Life exhibits focus on the biological processes shared by all living creatures, including human beings. The Creative World area examines structures and transportation. The Weingart Foundation Gallery offers traveling exhibits. The IMAX Theater, with a seven-story screen and surround-sound, brings to life worlds as small as an atom and as vast as the universe. The Space Shuttle Endeavour exhibit is a popular highlight.

Food is available.

Science Center exhibits free. IMAX admission $8.95; $7.95 (ages 13-17, ages 65+ and college students with ID); $6.75 (ages 4-12). Multiple-show discounts are available.
Station: Expo Park/USC
$12 (cash only).
Museum open daily 10-5. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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