Balboa Park has presented an eclectic mix of museums to San Diego visitors since the Panama-California Exposition of 1916. One of the newest among them is the Fleet Science Center; this exuberant interactive museum sits amid beautiful Spanish architecture, gorgeous fountains, and luxurious gardens. Opened in 1973, the museum encourages visitors to experiment, invent, and create. There are more than one hundred interactive science activities offering self-guided learning experiences in twelve permanent exhibitions. Numerous traveling exhibitions pass through the Fleet Science Center annually.
Giant Dome Theater, the world’s first IMAX theater, is located in the Fleet Science Center, and showcases brilliant science and entertainment films from around the world and enchanting planetarium shows. Sitting in this dynamic 3D theater with a 76-foot wraparound screen, guests are immersed in images that may give them the illusion of being catapulted into space, or thrust thousands of feet below sea level. Depending on the show, visitors to the IMAX theater could be transported to faraway places across the earth or dropped into the middle of a rock concert. The multi-sensory IMAX theatre experience is a must for everyone. (Note that IMAX movies and planetarium shows are an additional charge.)
The twelve permanent exhibits on display at the Fleet Science Center offer intriguing insights into the relationship between man and science. Explore Aging for All Ages where you’ll learn how people age, how to age better, and how the future of aging is changing. Head to the Exploration Bar where you can get hands-on experience with electricity and nanotechnology. The museum staff is always close by to answer questions. One of the most popular permanent exhibitions is the Gallery of Illusions and Perceptions where you can get an in-depth look at how your senses of touch and sight work together, and how mind and body sometimes seem to work against each other. These and other interactive exhibitions will awaken your curiosity and draw you deeper into scientific inquiry. Exciting temporary exhibitions throughout the year make each visit to the museum a brand new experience.
With so much to do at the Fleet Science Center you can easily get lost in the museum’s magic; both adults and children will enjoy the wonders of science. Check the museum’s schedule on their website often to plan your trip around an exhibit you’ve either been dying to see or didn’t even know existed. With workshops, lectures, classes, camps, and more, visitors will never run out of things to see and do. Galileo’s Café serves both visitors and non-visitors, so even if you aren’t visiting the Science Center that day, you can still grab a bite to eat either indoors or at a fountain-side table outdoors. The North Star Science Store offers science gifts and souvenirs to commemorate your visit. Ask about events at the Science Center such as DNA Day, Rock in the Park, and Suds and Science; just when you think you’ve seen it all, the Fleet Science Center shows you something new.
1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 238-1233