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Columbia Memorial Space Center

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An almost hidden gem

Tucked away behind a shopping center, this little center was a real treat. Space games to entertain... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2019
Pauline K
Milton, Vermont
Launch Your Imagination

Got to spend a great couple of hours with the grandkids yesterday at the Columbia Memorial Science... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2018
La Habra, California
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12400 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242-2790
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Reviewed 6 February 2019

Tucked away behind a shopping center, this little center was a real treat. Space games to entertain younger children within view of the video and other visual exhibits of more interest to adults. I had read a biography of a woman who had worked on...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Pauline K
Reviewed 5 November 2018

Got to spend a great couple of hours with the grandkids yesterday at the Columbia Memorial Science Center in Downey. It's on the site of the old North American/Autonetics/Rockwell factory where the Apollo capsules and Space Shuttle were designed and built. The center has walls...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JohnMacMurray
Reviewed 30 July 2018

We enjoyed the Space Center. Doesn't take long to visit, so nice to add into a day of other adventures or if you only have an hour or so. Geared towards young kiddos, not teens.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Marlaina G
Reviewed 15 March 2018

There are a few free parking spaces along the street and a mall across the street, so parking should not be a problem. The center itself is 2-stories, but rather small for a science center. Typically, it is youth oriented with many hands-on activities for...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank ransom007
Reviewed 3 December 2017

Fun place for all ages. It’s a celebration of Downey’s role in the the space program. Smallish museum but still fun.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Cavydad
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Inexpensive museum for kids to play lots of activities. They have a cool robotics lab that was fun for parents and our 4 year old. They have legos, kids puzzles, robotic arms to grab things with, a paper plane launcher, a parachute drop for little...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank jc3249
Reviewed 5 December 2016

Our medical facility is close by, therefore, we rent out the Colombia Space Center for our offsite meetings and annual service award event. It is not huge but spacious enough for us to fit tables and accommodate 60 -70 people. Without tables, up to a...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Joyce109
Reviewed 19 August 2016

Smallish museum, but with enough exhibits and interactive items for all ages. Admittedly in a small building, the museum has items clearly geared for younger participants. However, there was sufficient material for older visitors, and the exhibits showed how influential the development of space travel...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank cutr2000
Reviewed 1 June 2016

The set-up is amazing..Downey is very proud of this tribute to the space industry...A must-see place for all

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Jordan D
Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

A really nice memorial and education center for the space shuttle Columbia. And the people that lost their lives. It's not huge but it is a decent size. And it is good for adults and younger people too

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Bernardo F
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