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Cradle of the Cosmic Age

  • Columbia Memorial Space Center (map)

Are you ready for some seriously stellar stuff?

Known as the "Cradle of the Cosmic Age," Downey was the center of manufacturing for the U.S. lunar space program in the 1960s. 

Join Field Agent Benjamin Harmon on an expedition to Downey for a private guided tour of the Columbia Memorial Space Center, a hands-on science museum located on the former manufacturing site of the Apollo Space program. 

During this exclusive tour led by executive director Ben Dickow—on a day when the museum won't be otherwise open to the public—we'll discover aerospace artifacts and relics of the space program, explore the Robotics Lab, and learn more about the fascinating history of both the Space Center and the aerospace industry in Downey.

This event is gonna be out of this world! Won't you come space out with us?

This event is part of the City of STEM, LA’s official Science Festival taking place throughout April. Visit to discover all of the events happening during the month and follow @cityofstem on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.


  • Meet outside the main entrance to the Space Center. Free parking is available in front of the Space Center and along Columbia Way.
  • Recommended for ages 12+. All minors must have a ticket and be accompanied by an adult. 
  • Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for two hours of standing and walking on the tour.
  • Bring your cameras and share your photos with us! Tag @atlasobscura #atlasobscura @columbiaspace
Earlier Event: April 8
Nano Days