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"The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center seeks to inspire lifelong learning by furthering the public understanding and enjoyement of science and technology" 

- Our Mission Statement

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center features more than 100 interactive science exhibits in eight galleries, as well as major travelling exhibitions. Visitors can touch a tornado, create colored shadows, examine the vibration of guitar strings and get their hands on a variety of intriguing scientific phenomena. 

The Reuben H. 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. The Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Dome Theater takes audiences from outer space to under water and every place in between, and films 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, curtesy of the San Diego Astronomy Association.

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is open daily from 10 a.m. and holidays too. Check our website at or call (619) 238-1233 for our holiday hours. 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. Since our opening in 1973, the Fleet has been the best-attended museum in Balboa Park and a top attraction in San Diego. The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center offers:

  • Eight exhibit galleries with more than 100 interactive exhibits
  • The Tinkering Studio, where you can experiment, invent and create
  • Kid City, an exhibition just for kids ages five and under
  • Plus Galileo's Cafe and the North Star Science Store