Welcome to the Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The Arizona Science Center opened to the public in 1997 and has since added space to that initial building. Current facilities include more than 40,000 square-feet of gallery space with more than 300 hands-on exhibits. You'll also find the giant-screen IMAX in the Irene P. Flinn Theater, the Dorrance Planetarium, classrooms, a gift shop, and a cafeteria.
Hands-On Exhibits at the Arizona Science Center
One of the most important aspects of the Arizona Science Center is the fact that you aren't just reading about or listening to scientific information. You are invited to get in and experience science with many hands-on exhibits and interactive displays.
Families Experience Science Together
Children aren't the only ones who can learn and have fun at the Arizona Science Center. I could spend all day at the Magnetic Ball Wall! While these exhibits do change from time to time, there are always places throughout the Arizona Science Center where people of all ages can experience science -- and fun -- together.
What if you don't have children? Well, of course, you can still enjoy the Center. As a matter of fact, they open their doors one evening per month for adults only, with special lectures and entertainment. It's called Science With a Twist, and it takes place on the third Friday evening of every month. It is a ticketed event.
At the "All About Me" area, you will learn about how you body works, walk through body organs, watch surgeries being performed, test your heart muscles, hear your actual heartbeat, and more.
There are several permanent exhibits at the Arizona Science Center. That doesn't mean that they don't change them or update them after a few years. You can all the current exhibitions at the Arizona Science Center's website.
Other permanent exhibits include Forces of Nature, Making Sense of Your Dollars and Cents, Many Hands Make a Home, Nano and Solarville.
An Active Way To Learn
A trip to the Arizona Science Center is a great supplement to traditional classroom learning. Actively participating in science makes it real and more easily grasped.
The Wonder Center
The Wonder Center at the Arizona Science Center another permanent exhibit that you won't mind visiting again and again. This is the place where you can gain insight into the original super computer, the human brain. You can see live brain surgeries in progress, interact with doctors through two-way communication and see videos of prior surgeries in the Neuro Theater brought to you by Barrow Neurological Institute.
Special Presentations and Shows
Special shows are presented throughout the day at the Arizona Science Center at the giant-screen IMAX in the Irene P. Flinn Theater (seats 285) and the computerized Dorrance Planetarium (seats 210). In both venues, every seat is a good seat!
The planetarium and IMAX theater both have several different shows each day. All of these special presentations require separate tickets and have an additional charge.
If you haven't been to the Arizona Science Center in a while, you might not know that the Dorrance Planetarium renovation was completed in mid-2008. It is the first planetarium at a science center or museum in the world that showcases state-of-the-art NanoSeam Dome technology. The dome provides real-time 3D, full-dome and high definition computer graphics with full color and full motion. In addition to the NanoSeam Dome the Dorrance Planetarium uses a Digistar3 projection system, a Digistar 3D astronomy package and a Bowen Technovation audio system.
Tip: If you are an adult visiting the planetarium, be aware that the interactive nature of the staff and system with the audience may be geared toward children.
Classes and Programs
The Arizona Science Center offers many different classes, workshops, and programs for families and schools. Birthday parties, camps, Stroller Science for the younger kids, computer classes, and Adults Night Out are offered. For schools, there are group outings and field trips are offered at reduced prices, but must be arranged in advance.
Parents and teachers can plan ahead by reviewing the planetarium and giant-screen theater programs in advance online.
You and the kids will want to keep coming back to the Arizona Science Center again and again to visit the familiar standard exhibits, but also to check out the new films and the special traveling exhibits. Some exhibits require an additional fee. For example, Body Worlds was a specially ticketed exhibit that attracted thousands of adults.
One of the most popular traveling exhibits is Animal Grossology. If it's disgusting, and probably shouldn't be discussed at the dinner table, you'll learn about it here--ooh, gross! That's why the kids love it!
Admission Prices, Hours, Location
The Arizona Science Center is located in downtown Phoenix, Arizona at the Heritage and Science Park.
The address is:
600 East Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
The cost of admission to the Arizona Science Center is (January 2015):
Senior (age 62+): $14.95
Child (ages 3-17): $11.95
Adult and Senior: $8
Child (ages 3-17): $7
Adult and Senior: $9
Child (ages 3-17): $8
The Arizona Science Center is open every day of the year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Don't forget to visit the gift shop, pictured above, and the snack shop during your visit!
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.