Ontario Science Centre

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

Ontario Science Centre
Ontario Science Centre

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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.

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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 So the Ontario Science center is one of the best known place to take your kids on a day off. So it gets really full and not all parents are as willing to ask their kids to share. If you get over that, you'll have a good time. They have a few shows that are very well done with lots of interaction. I wish there were more showings though. It's nice that they have a reciprocal membership agreement with other Science centers and museums. However for family memberships they ask that both adult members name appear on the card even if that's not how your hometown museum does it. Food there is ok, but ridiculously over priced.

François - 12 days ago

4 Star Rating This place is timeless. I've been visiting the OSC since I was in high school back in the early 90s. It' s different every time I go. Even back when I used to visit it during the free admission hours every week, there was something different to see. My two girls (1 and 4 years old) and wife loved their first visit also!

Hector Berganza - 21 days ago

5 Star Rating What an amazing place to go and explore. This place has many attractions and exhibits to see and try. I would recommend this place to all ages old and young alike. They have cool stations to try out. Nice food court and of course their store to buy stuff before you leave for friends and family

Andrew Moniz - 24 days ago

5 Star Rating The best place to learn science. Tons of activities. Kids can learn about Electricity, the human body, mechanics, energy, 3D printing and artwork, live shows on science, inspiring 3D IMAX movies on science, technology and nature, and so on. There is a restaurant as well as two kid play areas where they can not only play but learn at the same time. Once you decided purchase an yearly pass if you want to really learn about all since one day is not enough to see all. Besides you will have a reason to attend special events. You can attend events happening outside the centre free although you need to pay $10 for parking if you are not an yearly member. There are several levels of memberships and parking privileges. Even though this place is open almost everyday of the year I would rather this is open longer on weekdays or on Sundays.

Sel Srat - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Our group of 10 ranged between 15 months and 38 years old and absolutely all of us had an awesome time! The staff were super friendly, helpful and entertained us with magic tricks. The exhibits and activities were all in excellent repair and tidy. Our only complaints were that we would have liked to stay longer than the hours of Operation allowed and that the food selection was pretty bare bones. That said we will certainly be back as the kids are already excitedly discussing the things they will do next time.

John Cooper - 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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