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Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

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On the first Wednesday of every month, The San Diego Astronomy Association sets telescopes up at the Rueben H Fleet Science Center to offer guests a great (and free!) view of our solar system.

A treat for all ages and for anyone who ever had a single question about how things work, what's in the sky, or how to get there from here, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park holds the keys to any successful family outing. A science museum that combines interactive exhibits with a planetarium and the world's first IMAX Dome theater (and only in San Diego), the Science Center has broken ground and set a pace for most major science museums to emulate.

First off, that fabulous IMAX Dome: built in 1973, the Dome is 76 feet in diameter and made of 1500 triangular aluminum tiles perforated with tiny holes to allow air, light and sound to pass through. The giant Dome screen is tilted 25 degrees off the horizon, providing a suspended-in-space feel to audiences. The Dome screen is used to project both IMAX films and planetarium shows, creating a total atmosphere. The planetarium shows have long been a major draw at the Science Center and currently include a monthly Sky Tonight show led by an astronomer, with outdoor telescope viewing.

The center's seven exhibit galleries feature more than 100 interactive science exhibits, with an emphasis on "hands-on" that illustrates scientific concepts in accessible, concrete, and fun ways--a real learning experience for all ages.

In addition, the building doubles as a gallery with a permanent collection featuring contemporary work by Latino, Chicano, and Native American artists. The works include a variety of media including oil, acrylic, watercolors, prints, poster art, photography, and three-dimensional works of many renowned artists.

Attraction Information

  • Hours:
  • Opens at 9:30am, closing times vary
  • Admission:
  • Adults: $10
  • Juniors and Seniors: $8.75
  • There is an additional cost for IMAX showings
  • Contact:
  • Location: 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
  • Phone: 619-238-1233
  • Website: www.rhfleet.org
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