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Young Explorers Academy First Saturday of Every Month Ages 3 – 6 Years The Columbia Memorial Space Center invites you and your young explorer to join us on the first Saturday of every month for our Young Explorers Academy! Children ages 3-6 will EXPLORE, EXPERIMENT, and CREATE during hands-on and participant-lead activities based on various […]

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We're open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10am - 5pm.

(please see our calendar for dates of closure)

12400 Columbia Way Downey, California 90242
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The Columbia Memorial Space Center is a hands-on, interactive science learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages.  By a joint resolution of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, we serve as the national memorial to the Space Shuttle Columbia and its seven crew members lost in 2003.  

Located at the site of the former North American/Rockwell/Boeing facility in Downey, California, we strive to be the most accessible science learning center in the Los Angeles area.  Our 20,000 square foot visitor center is equipped with not only amazing technology and visual teaching exhibits, but also a friendly staff and atmosphere to help make them more enjoyable.  

The Columbia Memorial Space Center also hosts one of over 50 Challenger Learning Centers on the planet and is the only CLC in the greater Los Angeles area.  When operating, you can experience the real-life excitement of working as a Mission Commander or Astronaut on a simulated space mission in various scenarios to the Moon, Mars, or Comet Halley!

Astronaut Leland Melvin at the Columbia Memorial Space Center


 COMING SOON!  Spring 2015


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Teacher Workshop 2014

FREE Teacher Workshops at the Columbia Memorial Space Center!

Fully credentialed and pre-service teachers are invited to learn and explore by joining these informative and innovative workshops that serve to benefit their classroom and school! Engage in the Cosmic Connection, increase your technology skills or become certified in handling real lunar samples!





Marsbound Mission to the Red Planet

Saturday, February 21    10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

1:00 – 3:00 PM  FREE Space Mission Simulator for participants

Pre-registration is required.  Visit our Teacher Resources page for more information.


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Interested in registering for a workshop, class, or booking your next birthday party, banquet, or meeting at the Columbia Memorial Space Center?

Visit the City of Downey’s ActiveNet online portal to register.

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