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Fleet Science Center

Fleet Science Center features more than 100 interactive science exhibits in eight galleries, as well as major traveling exhibitions. Visitors can create colored shadows, design images with a sand pendulum, examine the vibration of guitar strings and get their hands on a variety of intriguing scientific phenomena.

The Fleet Science Center is also home to the world’s first IMAX Dome Theater, presenting the biggest films on the planet. Its unique configuration wraps the audience in images and provides the illusion of being suspended in space. In 2008, the Fleet completed phase one of a two-phase project, refurbishing the theater’s interior, upgrading the sound system and replacing the original screen with a new seamless screen.

In February 2012, phase two was completed, adding a state-of-the-art digital projection system to the theater. The Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Dome Theater now shows both IMAX films and digital shows on the NanoSeamTM screen, offering audiences an immersive viewing experience available nowhere else in Southern California. Heikoff Dome Theater show topics take audiences from outer space to under water and every place in between, and are generally suitable for all ages.

San Diego’s only Giant Dome Theater also plays host to planetarium shows, including the monthly Sky Tonight show, which is led by an astronomer and followed by outdoor telescope viewing, courtesy of the San Diego Astronomy Association.

The Fleet Science Center is open daily at 10 a.m. and is open in the evenings during summer and on weekends. We're open on holidays, too--check our site or call 619-238-1233 for holiday hours.

Since our opening in 1973, the Fleet has been the best-attended museum in the city and a Top 10 attraction in San Diego. We are located in beautiful Balboa Park, home to many of the city’s museums, as well as attractive gardens, intriguing architecture and picturesque fountains.

Upcoming event at Fleet Science Center

Don't Fake It, Make It!

  • Saturday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.
  • As Tim Gunn is fond of saying, "Make it work!" That's the idea behind our Make-It Workshop, a creative and interactive space for innovators and other curious minds. Join us this month to try your hand at making wave machines and walkalong gliders. You can make anything from hydraulic arms to camera obscuras for optimal eclipse viewing. Drop in to check out our brand-new Studio X--it's a maker's dream! Make-It ... Read more

All upcoming events at Fleet Science Center

'MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition'Starts February 24, 2018

'Pandas' Opens In The Heikoff Giant Dome TheaterStarts April 6, 2018

Summer Science Camps For Grades 1-2Starts June 18, 2018

Don't Fake It, Make It!April 28, 2018

Scientists And Society At A Crossroads: Seabed Mining In The Deep SeaMay 2, 2018

Big Science For Your Junior ScientistMay 19, 2018

Busting The Myths Of WineJune 2, 2018

Engineering 'Selfish' Genes In Mice: Benefits And RisksJune 6, 2018

ThoughtSTEM Computer Science Camps For Grades 3-6June 18, 2018

Summer Science Camps For Pre-KindergartenersJune 18, 2018

Summer Science Camp For KindergartenersJune 18, 2018

Summer Science Camps For Grades 3-4June 25, 2018

ThoughtSTEM Computer Science Camps For Grades 5-8June 25, 2018

Summer Science Camps For Grades 5-6July 16, 2018

Summer Science Camps For Grades 5-8July 23, 2018

Summer Science Camp For Grades 3-6August 13, 2018

Past events

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