Reuben H. Fleet

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The Reuben H. Fleet Space Center in Balboa Park

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

The Fleet 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 planetarium shows on the NanoSeamTM screen, offering audiences an immersive viewing experience available nowhere else in Southern California. Heikoff Giant Dome Theater show topics take audiences from outer space to under water and every place in between, and are generally suitable for all ages. The 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 Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is open daily at 10:00 a.m. and is open in the evenings during summer and on weekends, including holidays. Since their opening in 1973, the Fleet has been one of San Diego's most-visited museums. The space center is located in Balboa Park, home to many of the city’s museums, as well as gardens, Spanish architecture and fountains.

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center offers:

  • San Diego’s only Giant Dome Theater showing incredible IMAX films and planetarium shows
  • 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
  • Lectures, classes, workshops and more
  • Plus Craveology and the North Star Science Store

Location and Contact Information

The Fleet is located at 1875 El Prado Balboa Park San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 238-1233

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