Ontario Science Centre

The Ontario Science Centre is world renowned for its hands on approach to science education

Ontario Science Centre
Ontario Science Centre

When the Ontario Science Centre first opened in 1969 it became renowned throughout the world for its leadership approach to hands on science. While most museums feature passive exhibits, the Ontario Science Centre had a strong emphasis on interactive 'hands-on' exhibits and live demonstrations. Many other Science Centres and Museums now follow a similar format.

In 1996 the Ontario Science Centre was expanded to include the first OMNIMAX theatre in the province of Ontario. Over the last decade many more changes and improvements have been brought about with the help of corporate funding.

The Centre has hundreds of exhibits throughout, many of them interactive. Exhibits include astronomy, nature, geology, human anatomy, music and more. Traveling exhibits are also hosted providing new things for visitors to see and explore. Outside the Science Centre there is an aquatic fountain that is also the largest outdoor hydraulophone in the world. This is played by placing your fingers over small openings to block the flow of water which produces a sound similar to that of a pipe organ. Access to this feature is free 24 hours a day. The Ontario Science Centre is a great place for a family visit rain or shine. You can purchase separate admission to either the Science Centre or the IMAX theatre which is the only one in Ontario or, if you wish to see both, you can combine admissions and save some money.

Tip: You can bypass the lineups and save almost 50% on admission to the Ontario Science Centre and 4 other 'must see' Toronto attractions by purchasing a Toronto CityPASS prior to your vacation.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 770 Don Mills Rd, North York, ON M3C 1T3, Canada

Phone: (416) 696-1000

Official Website: Ontario Science Centre

Directions

TTC Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Yonge-University-SpadinaEglinton Station (On Yonge Street Portion)5 MInutes
Bloor-Danforth LinePape Station1 Minute

How to get to Ontario Science Centre by TTC Subway

Make your way to Eglinton Station on the Yonge Street subway branch and catch the #34 Eglinton East bus from stop id 14671 east to Eglinton Avenue at Don Mills Road. Walk south along Don Mills Road to the entrance on your right.

From Pape Station take the #25 Don Mills bus north to Don Mills Road at St. Dennis Drive. The entrance is right across from the stop.

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Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5

4 Star Rating Hasn't changed much since I was a kid (in the 90s). Still, a really fun place for kids with super friendly staff. Lots of interesting displays. Pretty interactive, especially compared to other museums in Ontario. Make sure to check out the outdoor area in the summer!

Eric Hart - 8 days ago

4 Star Rating Cool place. Definitely geared for those of a young age. The part that I really enjoyed was the theater. It was an incredible experience! The Pizza Pizza prices are EXTREMELY high, but the Tim Hortons prices were fair, although there was low selection. Overall, I would recommend

Brad Benjamins - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating There is so much to do here for the kids - my 2-year-old loves it so much we got an annual pass! We've been there more times that we can count, and yet we always manage to find something new each time we visit. One top tip: If you're bringing little ones, it's a good idea to bring a change of clothes. There's a water play area where the kids can move boats with jets of water, and devise routes for water running down a slope, etc where the kids tend to get *soaked*.

Chris B - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Always entertaining and educational. We enjoy going to the Science Centre at least once a year to see the always changing exhibits. Set aside a whole day for this attraction as there is a lot to see and do. It seems like a small detail but we really appreciate the clothes lockers on the way in. It's so nice to not have to wear or carry your heavy winter jackets and gear the entire day. The cafeteria has ample seating and a good variety of meals, snacks and beverages. There is a play zone for younger kids which keeps them entertained for quite some time. The staff and students working there are very friendly and helpful! Highly recommended family event.

Jason Ropp - 2 months ago

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This video shows why the hands-on exhibits at the Ontario Science Centre are such a great way to get kids excited about science and learning about the world around them

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