Dogs! A Science Tail exhibition, closing January 5, 2020

Dogs! A Science Tail

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Dogs! A Science Tail

Sniff out the science behind our puppy love! Let curiosity be your guide and discover life from a dog’s point of view in Dogs! A Science Tail. Experience the extraordinary way a dog sees, hears, and smells the world through fun and unique hands-on exhibits in this 9,000 sq. ft. exhibition for humans. From lovable companions to loyal protectors, dogs evolved from ancient wolves into the cuddly canines that live and work alongside us today. Unearth the science beneath our enduring bond and dig deeper into these incredible animals. You will never look at dogs the same way again! 

And some guests may catch a visit from our volunteer partners and their rescue dogs, service dogs, and companion dogs. 
Demonstrations are subject to availability.

Please note: Humans only! Service dogs that have been individually trained to work or perform tasks for a guest with a disability are welcome, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Pets, comfort animals, emotional support animals, or therapy animals are not allowed, for the safety of the exhibit animals in the Science Center’s World of Life and Ecosystems exhibitions.

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In the news

"A scientific and immersive love letter to dogs and their incredible relationship with humans."Woof Republic

"A brand-new 'hands-on science exhibition' that delves into all aspects of dogdom." NBC Los Angeles

"Ambitious... lighthearted." The Associated Press (AP)

"You're certainly going to want to put this location on your weekend travel list." KTLA Morning News

"A child or adult who comes to this exhibit might want to go out and get a dog right away!"89.3FM KPCC

"An atmosphere of playfulness." Los Angeles Daily News

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Enhance your experience!

See Superpower Dogs 3D on our 7-story IMAX screen! Discover the inspiring true story of the world’s most extraordinary dogs and the remarkable science behind their life-saving superpowers.

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Exhibit highlights include:

  • This scene taken from an ancient Greek vase shows men and dogs cooperating to hunt a boar

    Tail as Old as Time

    Role-play as an archaeologist and dig up replica fossils to find out if they belong to wolves or dogs. Analyze bones and DNA patterns to see how scientists study dog domestication. And watch an engaging film that relates how dogs evolved from ancient wolves into the lovable and diverse array of canine companions we know today.

  • A peaceful-looking woman with her eyes closed in a smile lies happily on the floor, face to face with a fluffy white-and-tan puppy

    Dogs and Humans, Together Forever

    Interact with a playful virtual dog. Test your canine pop-culture knowledge in a Jeopawdy! game show. Explore jobs for dogs—and jobs humans can do with dogs. Find out the science behind the human/dog bond and see how humans and dogs live and work together.

  • A black-and-brown short-haired dog chases after a tennis ball

    The Incredible Dog!

    Test your running pace against the top speeds of different dog breeds. Experience the world the way dogs do by sniffing out hidden smells. Get inside a dog's head to see and hear like a dog. Plus, find out how dogs think and communicate with each other—and with us!

  • A happy-looking man in a knit winter hat plays with a white dog in a thick red collar

    Caring for Dogs

    Explore the possibilities and responsibilities that come with bringing a dog into your life, and find out how to care for these furry family members. Brush and groom life-size model dogs, and learn positive reinforcement training techniques for dogs—by training a human!

  • An experienced rescue worker with a mustache wears a bright yellow fireproof suit, with a collection of black equipment bags strapped on his back and around his waist. He gently pats the neck of an alert, long-haired, brown-and-white dog.

    Dog Park

    Play in the Dog Park (for humans only!) and learn about the importance of play for both humans and dogs. Occasionally, guests will have a chance to see dogs' amazing abilities up close when our volunteer partners and their rescue dogs, service dogs, and companion dogs come by to visit the Dog Park. Demonstrations subject to availability. Learn more about the presenters.

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Dog Tales

The California Science Center presents Dog Tales, an exhibition featuring original artworks by Norman Rockwell, Charles Schulz and other artists. The artworks reveal humans' close and enduring relationship with dogs, relating stories of the important roles dogs play in our lives and what they mean to us. The Dog Tales exhibition will be on display within Dogs: A Science Tail only at the California Science Center.

The works of art in this exhibition are on loan from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

Admission to Dog Tales is included with your ticket to Dogs: A Science Tail

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Dogs! A Science Tail exhibition was created and developed by the California Science Center with support from Annenberg Foundation and Wallis Annenberg PetSpace. PetSmart Charities is sponsoring the national tour.