California Science Center Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)


  • Name:Jeffrey Rudolph
  • Title:President

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:California Science Center Foundation
  • Address:700 Exposition Park Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90037
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:213-744-2089
  • Main fax:213-744-2034

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the California Science Center is to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences, because we value science as an indispensable tool for understanding our world, accessibility and inclusiveness, and enriching people's lives.

  • Overview:
  • The California Science Center is a world-class educational resource with hands-on, interactive exhibits and an array of model education and outreach programs. A national and international leader in science education and informal learning, in operation since 1950 as the California Museum of Science and Industry, the California Science Center incorporates a dynamic museum with free general admission, robust educational programming including a professional development center for educators and a neighborhood K-5 elementary school, to improve public understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

    Located in an economically challenged and ethnically diverse neighborhood just south of downtown Los Angeles, the Science Center is open general admission free, seven days a week, 362 days per year. Since opening in 1998, we have welcomed more than 28.6 million guests with an annual average of 2.5 million over the last three years including 400,000 visiting as school or youth groups. Our largest audience for on-site programming is families with children between the ages of 4 and 14.

    The California Science Center advances its mission to through a broad array of science education programming serving a diverse community of students, educators and individuals of all ages:

    Big Lab Programs provide students with facilitated inquiry-based experiences for schools, youth groups and families in the Big Lab, a unique 32,000-square-foot learning environment containing four major experimentation platforms. Programs support Next Generation Science Standards and are designed to encourage students to use their imaginations and critical thinking skills. For example, students in the Roller Coaster Engineering Lab design and create mini roller coasters to explore physical science and engineering.

    California State Science Fair reaches out to every region of the state, providing an extraordinary culminating experience for middle and high school students who qualify for participation by achieving top honors at local, regional or county science fairs. For over 60 years, the key goals of the Fair have been to encourage more students to learn about science by doing their own science fair projects and to recognize them and their mentors for their efforts.

    Community Youth Programs offer science enrichment opportunities free of charge to children and youth residing in the economically challenged neighborhoods surrounding the Science Center in Exposition Park. Curator Kids Club familiarizes neighborhood children, ages 11 to 13, with basic science concepts. The Community Teen Program engages high school students, grades 10 to 12, in science-based internships that integrate science education with work experience and college readiness instruction.

    Discovery Rooms provide interactive, age-appropriate science activities for children ages seven and under that correspond to learning themes within our permanent galleries, Creative World, World of Life and Ecosystems. Children and their parents or caregivers are encouraged to explore science concepts together through play and open-ended discovery.

    Educator Professional Development programs for parents, Pre-K through 8th grade teachers and community educators share best practices for effective science teaching methods in and out of formal classroom settings.

    Hands-On Science Camp enrolls Pre-K through 8th grade children from throughout Los Angeles in weeklong summer courses that incorporate physics, chemistry, biology, space and Earth sciences. Over 80 classes, including more than 20 unique courses, are taught by educators who have degrees in science and/or education. Courses introduce children to the world of science and enable older youth to delve more deeply into a wide range of topics with courses like The Science of 3D Animation and Skate Science.

    Science Live! demonstration programs expand upon the scientific principles illustrated in our permanent exhibit galleries and special exhibitions. Educators facilitate fun, hands-on interactions with individuals and small groups of guests throughout the Science Center. The Kelp Forest Dive Show allows guests to talk with one of the divers under water and learn about the 188,000-gallon Kelp Forest exhibit and the species that reside there.

    Science on Tour takes the California Science Center experience on the road with fun and interactive productions utilizing sets, props, special effects and scripts created by our education staff and curators. Science on Tour presentations are aimed at K through 5th grade students and use active participation presentation methods to illustrate key concepts on topics like living and working in space and desert adaptations.

  • History:
  • In 1993, the California Museum of Science and Industry adopted a three-phase 25-year Master Plan to transform itself into a new kind of center for informal science learning. The goal was to establish a resource to confront several key challenges: inadequate public understanding of science; the shortage of trained scientists and engineers; a lack of participation by women and minorities in the sciences; and poor teaching skills and knowledge of science and mathematics by educators.

    The California Science Center complex opened to the public in February 1998 consisting of two permanent hands-on science learning galleries: World of Life and Creative World, a special exhibits gallery for changing exhibitions, a conference center and an IMAX Theater. In 2004, the Science Center completed the Wallis Annenberg Building for Science Learning and Innovation and opened the Science Center School, a neighborhood elementary charter school that provides a science-rich curriculum to more than 650 children, 80% drawn from economically challenged communities surrounding Exposition Park. In March 2010, we completed Phase II of our Master Plan with the opening of the award-winning Ecosystems exhibit wing. Unique among science centers internationally, Ecosystems immerses guests in living, breathing environments housing 400 species of plants and animals integrated with hands-on exhibits.

    Our latest milestone is the addition of Space Shuttle Endeavour to the California Science Center’s world-class, permanent exhibits. This national treasure will serve as the centerpiece of the new Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, the key element in the final phase of our Master Plan, projected to open in 2018. The Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center will encourage guests to investigate scientific and engineering principles related to atmospheric flight and the exploration of our universe, featuring exhibits, immersive experiences and an exceptional collection of aeronautic and space artifacts to provide a launch pad for future explorers and innovators. Endeavour arrived at the Science Center and opened to the public in October 2012. It remains on temporary display in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion while the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center is being created. Most recently, the California Science Center is working on the refurbishment and transport plans for the last remaining Space Shuttle External Tank (ET-94), which will enable us to build an entire stack of authentic flight hardware for Endeavour’s awe-inspiring vertical display.

  • Year established:1950
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:82
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:300


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(2)
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