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Discovery Science Center

Map & Directions 2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
  • Daily 10am-5pm


OC Weekly's Description

The Discovery Science Center is a kid’s museum in Santa Ana. Admit it: The first time you drove past that giant, angled black cube beside Interstate 5, you thought the actual kids' museum it belongs to was inside. Later, maybe you caught the light shining through it, realized it was hollow, and wondered what the point was. Did the designer of the Discovery Center just really, really like Pink Floyd and somehow figured kids could learn about the actual dark side of the moon? Turns out it's actually a massive solar-panel array that powers the museum—if you pay admission, you can find out all the groovy details and, yes, even get inside it. If solar power is indeed the future, could it be that one day we'll all have trippy black cubes attached to our homes? We can but hope. All this said, the Discovery Center does have good exhibits for kids and adults alike.

Merchant's Description

Discovery Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs.

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  • NASA on 12/07/10

    NASA Jet Propulsion Lab helped to build the Space Exploration exhibit. Highlights include a Mars rover Curiosity replica, rocket fuel station, rocket launch station, and real RS-68 booster engine.

  • OC Weekly on 11/21/11

    Voted Best Museum (Non-Art) by OC Weekly's Best Of 2011 readers! Don't forget to visit the dinosaur exhibit. Click the link to download the Best Of app and view more winners!

  • Dora on 07/16/10

    This is an official Nickelodeon Parents' Picks Award Nominee!Powered by ParentsConnect.com

  • Alana Y. on 11/20/11

    Visit the new Star Wars exhibit! Float on a hovercraft, ride the Millennium Falcon, play w/magnetic LEGOs, and may the force be with you.

  • OC Weekly on 04/04/13

    If you are looking for some hands on family fun, the Discovery Science Center is the place to visit this summer! Check out their selection of educational events throughout the year!

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