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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 that also proudly hosts one of over 50 Challenger Learning Centers on the planet and the only one in the greater Los Angeles area.

IMG_2033editSummer Space Camp 2015

Explore ROBOTICS, AEROSPACE, and PLANETARY SCIENCE this summer! We are now offering 2 sessions of camp per topic. One session will be designed for students entering 4th & 5th grade, while the second session will be designed for students entering 6th – 8th grade. Camps include fun field trips and lots of fun, hands-on activities!

Spaces are limited. Register online or over the phone by calling (562) 231-1200 during operating hours.


Astronaut Leland Melvin at the Columbia Memorial Space Center


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