California Science Center
Space Shuttle Endeavour in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion.
The California Science Center (sometimes spelled California ScienCenter) is a state agency and museum in Exposition Park, Los Angeles, next to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the University of Southern California. Billed as the West Coast's largest hands-on science center, it is a public-private partnership between the State of California and the California Science Center Foundation.
Permanent exhibits include "Ecosystems," a two-story area with live animals and aquariums; "Creative World," an area that explores innovation and invention; and "World of Life," which examines the processes of life and similarities among organisms.
Permanent air and space exhibits include the Space Shuttle Endeavour, a 1902 Wright Glider replica, a 1929 Velie Monocoupe monoplane, several military aircraft, robotic spacecraft, a Gemini 11 capsule, and a Mercury-Redstone 2 capsule that carried Ham the Chimp, the first hominid in space.
Admission includes access to the permanent exhibits and to various demonstrations. A separate ticket is required for the IMAX movies, most special traveling exhibitions, and special activities that include a climbing wall, motion simulator, and a high-wire bicycle.