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

Ontario Science Centre Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • 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 – 5:00 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

Ontario Science Centre Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Love this place every single time, such a great and nostalgic place. Everything is almost Identical to how I remembered it and that was super cool to just know what I wanted to see and where I wanted to go, so it was really nice. I missed this place, and it's crazy that this facility will be moving soon, but overall, great experience. We also watched an IMAX movie and that was super nice so yea!
Raul Cureteanu - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Amazing experience and you need a lot lot of time… if you’re going with a young kid/ toddler you can do just the kids section. There’s a lot to do but very informative. Like everyone says you need atleast 3 days to cover everything properly. Also right now since there’s construction instead of taking the shuttle bus it’s faster to get dropped off by car to the rear exit and one person go back and park. It’s a very long wait for shuttle bus and it’s just a 5 minute walk.
Isabella J - in the last week

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5 Star Rating Our experience at the Ontario Science Center with four kids was nothing short of phenomenal! The center's interactive exhibits and engaging displays captivated the children's curiosity, turning learning into an exciting adventure. The variety of hands-on activities catered to different age groups, ensuring each child found something fascinating. From exploring physics concepts to interactive biology exhibits, the Science Center made education enjoyable for kids of all ages. The staff's enthusiasm and willingness to assist with explanations added to the overall positive experience. It was not just a day of learning but a fun-filled exploration that left a lasting impression on the kids. The highlight for our group was the IMAX film, a captivating visual experience that complemented the day's educational activities perfectly. The Ontario Science Center is a haven for families, providing an enriching blend of education and entertainment. Highly recommend for an inspiring and interactive day out with kids!
Jianshu Cui - a month ago

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5 Star Rating So much to do, so little time! You can spend a whole week in here and still probably not see everything. There are so many exhibits and activities for young and old. It's a huge building with many different areas so be prepared to do a lot of walking. It's great for tiring kids out!!
Curtis D - a month ago

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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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