ACCESSIBILITY & AMENITIES
Arizona Science Center wants all guests to enjoy their experience at the Center. We are committed to making our exhibits, films, programs, and services accessible to everyone, including those with special needs. If you have specific questions about the accessibility of our buildings and exhibits, please contact us at 602.716.2000
There are 502 total parking spots in the Heritage Square parking garage located on 5th Street and Monroe Street, 24 of which are accessible. There are 12 accessible spots on level 1; 6 next to the North-West elevator and 6 next to the South-East elevator. There are 2 accessible spots on level 2; both located next to the North-West elevator. There are 4 accessible spots on level 3; 2 next to the North-West elevator and 2 next to the South-East elevator. There are 3 accessible spots on level B1; 1 next to the North-West elevator and 2 next to the South-East elevator. There are 3 accessible spots on level 1; 1 next to the North-West elevator and 2 next to the South-East elevator. Vehicles up to 6 feet 8 inches tall can park in this garage. Arizona Science Center offers parking validation for our guests. The first hour is free, 1-2 hours is $1, 2-3 hours is $3, 3-4 hours is $5, and 4+ is $8. Parking prices are subject to change.
The Center’s entrance is facing Monroe Street, located on the North side of the building between 5th and 7th Streets in Heritage & Science Park, on the south end of the park. The entrance has three doors all side-by-side and has no exterior or interior steps. The easternmost door has an activation switch for automatic door function. Once you enter the entrance doors, you must make an immediate left and travel down a low-declined ramp leading to the Science Center’s lobby.
CREATE at Arizona Science Center® is accessible from Heritage & Science Park, adjacent to Heritage Garage on the west side of Heritage & Science Park. The entrance has one double door with button-activated automation and has no exterior or interior steps.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE FACILITIES
The science center has two food service facilities. The first, Bean Sprouts, is located in the main lobby at the bottom of the ramp that is connected to the entrance. The second is the Science Center’s concession stand which is located past our general admission counters, between the Irene P. Flinn Theater and the Dorrance Planetarium. All of these facilities are accessible. To learn more and view menus, click here.
Two elevators serving all levels are located throughout the building. Doors stay open 11 seconds. There is an audible floor change signal. One ding means the elevator is traveling up, two dings means the elevator is traveling down.
Accessible restrooms are available throughout the first and third floors of the building. Unisex or companion-assisted restrooms are also available near the main lobby between the gift shop and the membership desk. There are 3 restroom locations on the first floor: one between the membership check-in desk and the gift shop, one behind the Daniel Cracchiolo Demonstration Stage and one in the easternmost area of the All About Me gallery. There is one restroom area on the third floor inside the Forces of Nature gallery.
Water fountains are available throughout the Center, near every restroom. Additional water fountains are available on floors 3 and 4 outside the easternmost elevator, and on floor 2 near the central stairwell.
CREATE at Arizona Science Center has one main restroom located in the lobby, approximately 20 feet from the CREATE information desk. Water fountains are also located in this area.
SPECIAL NEEDS -- PAL PLACE
Arizona Science Center works with PAL Experiences to assist people with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities to better enjoy all that the center has to offer. This includes videos to help you prepare, maps, digital guides and more. Learn more on our PAL Place page.
Wheelchair rentals are available at the Information Zone desk on Level 1 of Arizona Science Center's main building and at CREATE's front desk. Rentals are provided free of charge but require a current form of identification, such as a driver's license, which will be held at the Information Zone until you return the rental wheelchair.
Guests are welcome to bring their own wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
While pets are not allowed, certified service animals are always welcome to accompany their pet owner into Arizona Science Center and CREATE maker space.
IRENE P. FLINN GIANT SCREEN THEATER
The Irene P. Flinn Theater's main entrance is located on the first floor across from the information desk.
Many of our Irene P. Flinn Theater shows are presented in 3-D format. Polarized 3-D glasses will be available for loan at the theater entrance.
Closed captioning, amplified audio and descriptive audio is available for most Giant Screen Films. Interested visitors may inquire at the information desk or when making ticket reservations.
Wheelchair and companion seating is available in the Giant Screen Theater with access from the second floor. Six wheelchair accessible spaces are available. Please ask the information desk or any staff member to assist you with seating.
The Dorrance Planetarium's main entrance is to the east of the information desk and is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair and companion seating are available in the Dorrance Planetarium.
If your group is bringing your own sign language interpreter, special lighting may be available with a 72-hour notice. Call 602.716.2000.
Arizona Science Center has wheelchairs available for loan. Please see Wheelchairs above for more information.
Admission is free for working Personal Care Attendants when they are visiting with a client.
Sign language interpreters can be arranged with one week's notice. Call 602.716.2000.
Many exhibits are hands-on or have hands-on components.
Many exhibits have open or closed captioning.
Sensory Backpacks are available for guests to borrow at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis. Included in each kit are items to fidget, stress ball, and noise-minimizing headphones. All you need is a photo ID!