The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is a popular science museum and planetarium in San Diego's Balboa Park. It is the most visited museum in San Diego and one of the top 10 attractions for visitors. Located at 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park, the science center includes more than 100 exhibits, a state-of-the art planetarium, and Southern California's only IMAX Dome Theater.
The many permanent exhibitions at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center include Cellular Journey, Kid City, So Watt, Origins in Space, Look Touch Listen and Gallery of Illusions and Perceptions. The center also features many traveling exhibitions offering something new and exciting for every visit. The exhibits also encourage a hands-on, interactive learning experience for science lovers and curious visitors of all ages.
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center was opened in 1973 with an endowment from the family of Reuben H. Fleet, an army officer and San Diego aviation pioneer and industrialist. Fleet (1887-1975) was the founder of Consolidated Aircraft, the Institute of Aeronautical Science, and the U.S. Air Mail Service.
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is open Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you are a resident of San Diego or active-duty military, gallery admission to the Fleet Science Center Balboa is free on the first Tuesday of each month. (You must provide proper ID or a recent utility bill displaying a local address.) On all other days there is an admission fee. There is a separate fee for the IMAX theater. The science center also includes a cafe and the North Star Science Store.