Education

Education Exploration

The Columbia Memorial Space Center is proud to offer a wide variety of educational programs such as field trips, scout programs and other organized group events e.g. birthday parties and private or corporate events.


All education programs must be booked in advance to ensure availability. To inquire, please call (562) 231-1200.

Downey's Aerospace History

Many of the spacecraft that have made up the NASA program were built right across the street from us. Take a look through our Downey's Aerospace History pages and learn about it.

A National Memorial and Tribute

The Columbia Memorial Space Center was conceived and built as a national memorial to the seven crew members of STS-107, lost on the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003. In the spirit of exploration, our tribute to those heroes is to use space exploration to educate young generations about science.


To learn more about the astronauts of STS-107, explore our Columbia Crew pages.

The Space Center is proud to offer a variety of fun and educational programs for children of all ages. Program content can include aerospace science, robotics, general field trips or even a specialized program to fit your needs.

Due to space restrictions, there is limited availability for groups.

GroupĀ Reservations are required.

Programs can also be reserved in our Challenger Learning Center, a simulated space mission for school groups, scout troops, or corporate teamĀ trainings.

Private Events can take place in our facility by renting the various areas.

Please download our Health & Consent form if you plan on enrolling your child in any workshop or class.