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Explore the Cosmic History of Downey

history walk

Explore the Cosmic History of Downey

11 reviews
Duration
2.5 hours
Group size
Up to 30 people
Hosted in
English
history walk

Explore the Cosmic History of Downey

history walk

Explore the Cosmic History of Downey

11 reviews
Duration
2.5 hours
Group size
Up to 30 people
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

During this exclusive tour led by the president and executive director of the Columbia Memorial Space Center, Ben Dickow, we will discover aerospace artifacts and relics of the space program, explore the interactive space mission simulator, and learn more about the fascinating history of both the Space Center and the aerospace industry in Downey. Known as the "Cradle of the Cosmic Age," Downey was the center of manufacturing for the U.S. lunar space program in the 1960s. We’ll take an expedition to Downey together for a private, guided tour of the Columbia Memorial Space Center, a hands-on science museum located on the manufacturing site of the Apollo Space program. Also joining us will be a former employee of the rocket industry who will speak in depth about his time at the original site. Through his personal stories, he'll illuminate not only what it was like to be working for the space program in its heyday, but how it helped to shape the future of the industry and how it’s history is vanishing. Finally, we will have an opportunity to check out the Robotics Lab, where you can program your own robot and send it on a moon mission!

Your host

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Benjamin

Hi. I'm Ben, a member of the Atlas Obscura community. I am someone always seeking out strange, intriguing, off-the-beaten-path, and under-the-radar venues and locations in and around Los Angeles. I am also an environmentalist and support a variety of local environmental nonprofits. For this event, I’ll be partnering with Ben Dickow, president and executive director of the museum. Ben will lead us around and provide the history and details of the museum, as well as the aviation/space industry in and around Downey. We will also be joined by Jerry Blackburn, former Boeing Project Manager and 40-year Aerospace Industry veteran, who will provide many insights into the space industry and anecdotes about his time working onsite at the former facility.

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Selected by Atlas Obscura

This experience is offered directly by a member of the Atlas Obscura community and has been selected by Atlas Obscura.

Founded in 2009, Atlas Obscura is a global community of explorers, who have together created a comprehensive database of the world’s most wondrous places and foods. Community members also host their own experiences, providing special access to the world’s hidden wonders, local marvels, and gastronomical wonders.

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Where you'll be

We will begin at the museum, where we will learn about the history of Downey and the surrounding sites involvement in the space industry. We will tour the museum, including seeing some areas that the common visitor would not be able to see. Lastly, we will walk a few blocks to a currently abandoned former rocket-building site, which is located in the basement of a nearby shopping center.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 30 guests ages 18 and up can attend. The former site does not have electricity, but we will provide flashlights so that everyone can see and navigate the space safely.

More tips

Wear comfy clothing/shoes and be prepared to stand/walk for half the tour. Feel free to bring a water bottle as well. Hat and sunglasses may come in handy on our walk over to the former rocket site.

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Explore the Cosmic History of Downey
11 reviews
$30/person
11 reviews
$30/person