The California Science Center opens the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center

The Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center will nearly double the California Science Center’s educational exhibit areas with an impressive collection of artifacts, integrated with interactive exhibits to encourage visitors of all ages to study the scientific and engineering principles of atmospheric flight and of exploring the universe. . Endeavor will be displayed in an impressive “ready-to-launch” vertical configuration, complete with solid rocket boosters and an external tank, in what will be the world’s only display of an authentic space shuttle system.

“California Science Center is thrilled to celebrate this milestone today,” said California Science Center President and CEO, jeffrey rodolphe. “The Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center will be a launchpad for creativity and innovation to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and explorers.”

Rising 20 stories, the Air and Space Center will house an impressive collection of aircraft and spacecraft, carefully selected to present a dynamic and fun learning experience while illustrating key concepts from each of its three galleries at several levels – Air, Space and Shuttle bus – which span four floors and 100,000 square feet of exhibit space.

Reaching this revolutionary milestone is possible thanks to an extraordinarily generous gift from the Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation, the largest the California Science Center has ever received. Combined with the support also provided by the state of california and numerous foundations, individuals and corporations, the California Science Center Foundation has now raised $280 million towards her $400 million Purpose of the EndeavourLA campaign.

Other major donors to the campaign include the Ahmanson Foundation, the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation, the Weingart Foundation and the Ibrahim El-Hefni Technical Training Foundation.

“On behalf of the citizens of Californiathank you to the many generous donors of the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center project,” said the governor of California, Gavin Newsom. “We have reached this revolutionary milestone thanks to all of you, and together we will inspire the next generation.”

“This gift is to honor the legacy of my dear husband Samuel Oschinwho was passionate about adventure and the pursuit of knowledge, especially in the fields of science and engineering,” notes Ms. Lynda Oschin. “Just as Sam wanted to create learning and discovery opportunities for others, I was inspired to support this project when I saw the enthusiasm of school children who met the final mission astronaut crew. space shuttle Endeavour. Now it gives me great pleasure to see that vision become a reality for the millions of young people who will be inspired to aim for the stars.”

Science Center President and CEO Rudolph added, “Few institutions have experienced this level of generosity and we are extremely grateful to Ms. Lynda Oschin for the unprecedented donation from the Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation. Their first contribution was a catalyst to bring Space Shuttle Endeavor to the California Science Center and we are eternally grateful for this additional commitment that propelled us to the forefront of the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. This gift is an investment in the future of science learning.”

The Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center is the third phase of the California Science Center’s three-phase, three-decade master plan to develop one of the world’s premier centers for science learning. Construction of the building is underway and is expected to take three years. About a year and a half after construction begins, the space shuttle Endeavor will be removed from display and positioned in the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, which will then be completed around the full shuttle stack. Architectural design is by ZGF, construction is by MATT Construction, and exhibit design is by Evidence Design.

“For decades, the California Science Center has inspired kids to dream big and pursue their own science endeavors,” said Senator Padilla.. “The new Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center will continue to position California as a leader in science and space exploration. Congratulations to the California Science Center on your next great frontier that will continue to educate and encourage our children.”

The California Science Center Foundation is actively inviting contributions from the public at all levels to help bring this ambitious project to fruition. Supporters can join Team Endeavour, sponsoring one of the space shuttle’s thermal tiles, while helping the California Science Center Foundation’s efforts to create the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. Gift levels start at $1,000 with monthly payment options available. Go to to know more.

About the EndeavourLA Campaign

A project of this scope and scale requires the visionary support and leadership of the philanthropic community. EndeavourLA is the program of the California Science Center Foundation $400 million fundraising campaign that enabled the acquisition and temporary exhibit of Space Shuttle Endeavor and supports our plans to build the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center and support ongoing exhibits, programs and operations. With commitments totaling $280 million to date, the campaign $120 million the balance will be raised during the three-year construction period.

About the California Science Center

The California Science Center is a dynamic destination where families, adults and children can explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, innovative programs and large format films. Its mission is to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun and memorable experiences, because we value science as an indispensable tool for understanding our world, accessibility and inclusivity, and enriching people’s life.

The California Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in the historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor Freeway (110) at 700 Exposition Park Drive. The Science Center is open daily from 10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.. Please check the Science Center website for schedule updates at

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