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.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Currently Closed

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 – 7:00 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 5Ontario Science Centre Star Rating

5 Star Rating We brought our kids here and so we spent the entire time doing things with the kids. The kids love all the kids sections but they've always loved the grocery store the most. That changed this year when they found the garden. They were picking plush vegetables and loading up a wheelbarrow followed by replanting. There's always stuff to do here and it's a great place for the entire family.

Matt Fires - 4 days ago

4 Star Rating The science Centre is a beautiful, spacious facility that goes a long way to making science approachable, inspiring and fun. The static displays are colourful, informative and interesting. The hands on areas were the most intriguing to us and as tourists we wanted to explore and try as much as possible.  The Ontario Science Centre, a Centennial project, has welcomed more than 52 million visitors since it opened in 1969, implementing an interactive approach now adopted by science centres around the world. Today, the Science Centre is an international leader in free-choice science learning and a key contributor to Ontario’s education and innovation ecosystems, offering lifelong learning through hands-on, engaging experiences. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. As a publicly assisted organization, the Science Centre relies on generous individuals, corporations and foundations who share a commitment to science and education for additional operating support. For more information about the Ontario Science Centre, please visit OntarioScienceCentre.ca.

Sheniz Meghji - 19 days ago

5 Star Rating I really like it. The kids enjoy it and have a great day. To finish it all in one day you need to come on Sat as they close at 8:00 otherwise it will be hard to finish in one day. It has a lot of activities and things you do by hand. You can come many times and you will enjoy it every time. They have great shows. I recommend to be a member.

Sam - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating The science centre is easily the most fun place to be. Our 7 year old described it as "TOO much fun." I'm 27 years old and absolutely loved it. I had a ball. I would literally go back by myself that's how awesome it is. Great for kids, great for families and great for dates surprisingly. Lots to talk about and fun to have while you're there.

Beau Pinto - 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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