Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

“The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center seeks to inspire
lifelong learning by furthering the public understanding
and enjoyment of science and technology.”

—Our Mission Statement

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center features more than 100 interactive science exhibits in eight galleries, as well as major traveling exhibitions. Visit us, and you can create colored shadows, design images with a sand pendulum, examine the vibration of guitar strings and get your hands on a variety of intriguing scientific phenomena.

The Fleet is also home to the world’s first IMAX Dome Theater, presenting the biggest films on the planet. Its unique configuration wraps the audience in images and provides the illusion of being suspended in space. In 2008, the Fleet completed phase one of a two-phase project, refurbishing the theater’s interior, upgrading the sound system and replacing the original screen with a new seamless screen. In February 2012, phase two was completed, adding a state-of-the-art digital projection system to the theater. The Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Dome Theater now shows both IMAX films and planetarium shows on the NanoSeamTM screen, offering audiences an immersive viewing experience available nowhere else in Southern California.

Groups & Private Events

Three spacious meeting rooms and a 300-seat Dome Theater make our facility a magical setting for group events of all sizes. Learn more about hosting a private event for corporate meetings, school outings, weddings and other occasions.

With a multitude of ways to utilize our 30,000 sq ft. multi-level facility, every event at the Fleet can be uniquely customized to suit your needs. Our galleries provide the perfect ambiance for an elaborate sit-down dinner, cocktail reception, corporate event or awards banquet. The Fleet is also ideal for outdoor receptions with a spectacular view of Balboa Park's iconic Bea Evenson Fountain. Our multi-level facility offers plenty of space for entertainment, dance floors and unique event layouts. The Fleet also offers meeting space for lectures, board meetings, small group presentations and luncheons.