Following state and local guidelines, the Fleet Science Center building will be temporarily closed effective July 7, 2020, until further notice. Summer Camps, Virtual Activities and Craveology will continue to operate.
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Effective July 7, 2020

Following state and local guidelines, the Fleet Science Center is temporarily closed until further notice.

Effective July 7, 2020, local San Diego officials called for tighter restrictions to curb the rising number of Covid-19 cases. As a result of that decision, the Fleet is required to temporarily close. According to state and local guidance, the second closure is estimated to last three weeks (through July 28, 2020).

While our building is temporarily closed, the following will continue to operate:

We are grateful for the support and patience of our community—members, educators, students, scientists, employees, volunteers and Balboa Park institutions—and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Fleet Science Center.
Monitor this page for up-to-date information on changes or resumptions of upcoming programs, events or operations.

Effective Upon Building Reopening for Admission (Date TBD)

Top Things You Should Know

Calling all superheroes—not all superheroes wear capes, but many do wear masks! All visitors ages 2 and up, employees and volunteers are required to wear a mask or face covering and practice physical distancing while in the building.    

Ghostbusters have nothing on us! Increased frequency of sanitization with our hospital grade Protexus Electrostatic Disinfecting Sprayers throughout the day. You may see high-traffic areas close for 10 minutes for a deep clean—the perfect time to wash your hands for 20 seconds! 

Who’s ready for the new IMAX film, Great Bear Rainforest? The Heikoff Giant Dome Theater will be open with reduced capacity. Every other row will be blocked off, and we require three empty seats in between families/people in different households. 

The city that never sleeps is back! Kid City will be open for our 5-and-under friends. Additional cleanings several times a day and sanitizing stations have been installed and maximum capacity is set to 12 people (adults and kids) at a time. 

Seek and you shall find! Some exhibits may be set up in different areas to provide more space for exploration. 

Reduce time standing in line, get your tickets online. Purchase your tickets here.

Treat yourself! Our Craveology Café and North Star Science Store processes have been updated in compliance with County public health restaurant and retail guidelines.

Cleaning and Operations

We have enhanced all of our cleaning and operation procedures to protect the safety of our employees, volunteers and visitors. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the CDC, senior citizens and visitors with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting the Fleet Science, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. If you do not adhere to the guidelines, we will ask you to leave without a refund.

Screening Protocol

  • Non-invasive, non-contact temperature and wellness checks for volunteers and employees. 
  • All visitors, volunteers and employees, age 2 and above, will be required to properly wear a face covering to enter. If visitors do not have facial coverings, we will provide one.
  • Gloves for adults and kids can be provided if asked.
  • All visitors must adhere to physical distancing guidelines.
  • All sick visitors or those who have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days must stay at home. 

Physical Distancing  

Physical distancing of a minimum of six-feet must be maintained:

  • Between employees, volunteers and general public
  • Between employee workstations, counters, aisles, etc.
  • For all activities including: Queues (outside, inside, theater lobby), ticket counter, cash stations, restrooms (when possible) and hand wash stations


  • Center doors in front of fountain will serve as the main visitor entrance, with an employee present, ensuring all guests have face coverings, and directing them to either Ticket Counter to purchase tickets or scanner if ticket was purchased online.
  • Main entrance queue will be outside the building with markers identifying 6’ distancing. The line will form on the sidewalk on Park Boulevard, adjacent to the building.
  • Craveology Café queue is in front of the Café. 
  • Guests are encouraged to purchase on-line tickets to avoid physical interaction.

Sanitization and Disinfection 

  • Enhanced and increased disinfection of all high-contact surfaces; including but not limited to exhibit galleries, Heikoff Giant Dome Theater, Craveology Cafe, North Star Science Store, payment portals and public restrooms.
  • Additional hand sanitizers added throughout the building.
  • Extra hand wash station has been added to Kid City to promote visitor hygiene and safety.
  • Kid City to be cleaned on a scheduled basis between sessions.


  • All exhibit areas, restrooms will be on a Protexus sanitation schedule of every other hour. With areas being closed for around 5-10 minutes to allow for the 4 minute time for proper disinfection.
  • Cleaning disinfection of the whole facility will be done nightly after closing.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for visitors throughout the Science Center. 
  • VR riders queued in family groups only, seats and headsets cleaned before each ride.

Giant Dome Theater

  • Physical distancing will be controlled by closing every other row of seats in both the upper and lower areas. Announcements will be given to inform that three seat separation is needed between parties.
  • Face coverings must be worn in the queue, walking to their seat and upon leaving their seat. Face coverings may be temporarily removed during the film only.
  • Protexus cleaning will be done after every show on seats and handrails, this will be included with the custodial sanitization rotation. 


  • Revised gallery layout to enable visitors to maintain proper physical distancing.
  • Removal, modification and relation of interactives that pose high exposure potential.
  • Hand Sanitizers at each gallery entry. 
  • Option of gloves available for visitors if the wish (at select interactives).
  • Clean bin/dirty bin for some props/prompts at select interactive areas.
  • Kid City will offer 40-minute sessions with a limit to 12 children and their caregivers. Space to be cleared out of visitors and cleaned between sessions. Small items (balls, fruits, blocks) to be swapped out or cleaned between sessions.
  • Groups or parties larger than 10 visitors will not be allowed to enter the museum at the same time. We currently will not be offering group-sales discounts or host birthday parties, special events or on-site field trips.

Food & Beverage 

  • Contactless or single-use menus, indoor electronic menu and outdoor sign in stanchion.
  • Premade/prepackaged food and snacks made available for visitor convenience.
  • We will provide safe delivery method of food orders to prevent unnecessary contact.
  • Guests will wait for their made-to-order items on the patio.
  • Condiment station will be removed to limit unnecessary common touchpoints.
  • Outside cafe seating area is modified to maintain six-feet distance guidelines between groups for comfort and safety.
  • Physical distancing markers for queuing inside and outside of cafe.
  • Providing sanitizer for guests at each POS station.
  • Plexi shields have been installed between cashier and guest to reduce close interactions. 
  • Enhanced sanitizing and wipe downs of all surfaces for continued sterilization of common areas.


  • Sanitizer available at cash wrap.
  • Credit card machine sanitized in between each transaction.
  • Plexi shield between guest and cashier.
  • Limit one employee behind the cash wrap at a time.
  • Queuing marks on floor to ensure proper distancing.
  • Reduced floor fixtures to improve flow through.

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