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Your Guide to the Fleet
Journey Through a Motley Crew of Legends as GUITAR Rocks Its West Coast Premiere

Play a Guinness Record-breaking 43.5-foot-long guitar and check out megatons of classic axes, amps, speakers, wah-wah pedals, whammy bars and other iconic rock items at our new exhibition, GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World! Experience the rush of the world's most familiar musical instrument through the powerful lens of science as you discover how different materials and strings, fused with electromagnetism and amplification, create an elaborate device that revolutionized music. Learn the guitar's history, evolution and design through the sound it created and the technology that keeps it evolving. Don't punk out--immerse yourself in the heart of music! More>> 


Opens Friday, December 20!



GUITAR and Our New Live Music Series Will Rock Your Winter Nights 
An image from theGUITAR exhibition

Love live music? Join us for an exciting new concert series at the Fleet! No, Van Halen won't be performing, but other fantastic performers will rock the Fleet. Gather your friends for drinks and snacks and see the Fleet in a whole new light while rockin' out to memorable music. Friday nights in Balboa Park will never be the same! More>>


Concerts in January, February, and March



Santa's Back and He's Got $5 Films for All at December Nights
Photo © K.C. Alfred / UT San Diego

Santa is ready to hear your wee ones' wishes at December Nights at the Fleet! Enjoy special holiday music while you explore the galleries for free, or indulge in chowder in a bread bowl and hot cider from Galileo's Café. The Fleet shares the spirit of giving with $5 for all films: Mysteries of the Unseen World, Cosmic Collisions and Adventures in Wild California! More>> 


Friday & Saturday, December 6-7; Free Gallery Admission 5PM-9PM, $5 Films Start at 5PM



The Perfect Match for the Fleet's Annual Appeal

Our board of trustees has put out a challenge and will match total contributions, up to $20,000 if given by December 31, 2013. The Annual Fund supports the Fleet's science education programs, exhibits and theater presentations that touch the lives of children, families, teachers and seniors in our community. We simply cannot accomplish all we do without you. Please consider a gift to the Fleet today.


Learn how you can help. 



Winter Camps Are Heating Up
School is out and temperatures are dropping. Join the Fleet's Winter Camps and warm up to new science experiments and engaging activities! Grades 1-4 can rock out at Rock and Roll Camp, December 23 & 27, or build crazy creations in Awesome Engineers Camp, December 30-January 3. For the first time ever, Computer Programming Camp is also being offered! More>> 


New! Rockin' Science Sleepovers at the Fleet

Snuggle into your sleeping bag for an overnight adventure with Rockin' Science Sleepovers, open to children ages 6-13. Enjoy having the Fleet all to yourself while learning something new during two rockin' workshops! Jam all through the night on our giant guitar and enjoy a private IMAX® show before cuddling up for sweet scientific dreams in our main exhibit gallery. For reservations, call (619) 685-5761. More>> 


Boy Scout & Girl Scout Sleepovers Begin in January



Membership Is an All Access Pass to Fleet Films
Mysteries of the
Unseen World
Our loyal members know that their Theater Vouchers are valid for all IMAX films and planetarium shows in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. You can exchange your vouchers at the Ticket Counter for the show of your choice, and when you run out of vouchers, purchase additional tickets at a special members' discount. IMAX savings are one more reason why Fleet Membership is a great value all year long. Not yet a member? Click here.


North Star Science Store Amps Up for Shredding Santa Gift-Giving
Treat your favorite rock star to holiday amplitude--challenge their sight-reading with a 1000-piece Sheet Music Puzzle, keep the beat with a Musical Note Clock, turn boring car keys into Key-taurs, get cooking with a Turntable Kitchen Timer, serve up a Fireball in an Amp'd Up Mug or reach higher ground with these books: Guitar Zero: The Science of Becoming Musical at Any Age or This is Your Brain on Music. More>> 


Open daily at 10AM  


Exploring Ethics Looks at Winning the War Against Cancer
The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology focuses on the ethical dilemmas of cancer, as seen through the lens of Siddhartha Mukherjee's book The Emperor of All Maladies. UCSD Moores Cancer Center's Dr. Razelle Kurzrockm kicks off the series, exploring how breakthroughs in genomics and targeting therapies have reached the clinic and will revolutionize the practice of oncology. More>>


Wednesday, December 4; 5-­7:30PM



Quick Links
December Events
Senior Monday
FREE First Tuesday
The Sky Tonight
Exploring Ethics
6 & 7
December Nights in Balboa Park
Family Science Saturdays
Saturday Science Club for Girls
Family Science Saturdays
IMAX en Español
GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World Opens
Family Science Saturdays
23 & 27
Rock & Roll Winter Camp
Family Science Saturdays
Awesome Engineers Winter Camp
Computer Programming Winter Camps
Now Playing

Cosmic Collision

Coming in January
The Science of Rock: Sounds and Stones
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Enter to Win
Congratulations to Alice Colgate, winner of 2 Tickets to Museum of Man.

This month, it could be YOUR turn to win!

Enter to win 2 Tickets to The Museum of Photographic Arts.

To enter, please complete this form by December 15. 


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