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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

Winter Paradice

  • Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m.
  • Experience Winter Paradice, San Diego-style, at the Fleet Science Center! Trade in your flip-flops for lace-up skates and take a glide session on our new synthetic ice rink (you know, because it’s science). When you’re done skating, continue the fun by jumping in the ball pit or sliding down a 31-foot slide in our adult-sized playground exhibition, Pause|Play. Get crafty with ornament making in Studio X, create your own ice ... Read more

All upcoming events at Fleet Science Center

'Pause/Play'Starts February 15, 2019

Winter ParadiceNovember 23, 2019

Fall CampsNovember 25, 2019

Exploring Ethics: E-cigarettes: A Big Risk Or A Big Benefit To Mankind?December 4, 2019

The Sky TonightDecember 4, 2019

Cornering Cancer: Research And The Power To CureDecember 8, 2019

Exploring Ethics: Artificially Intelligent Models Of Cancer For Precision Diagnosis And TreatmentFebruary 5, 2020

Exploring Ethics: Interests Of Society Or Rights Of Individuals? March 4, 2020

Exploring Ethics: Protecting Privacy While Sharing Biomedical Data For Machine LearningApril 1, 2020

Exploring Ethics: The Deep Learning RevolutionMay 6, 2020

Past events

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