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 33% 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 – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 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

5 Star Rating If you take into account that I was expecting a crowd and long line ups, this somewhat dated museum was lots of fun. The Omni-max theater is a must. My adult kids were reliving their childhood. The room with all of the interactive physics displays was also fun. I was surprised that the multi-level location absorbed a pretty large crowd without seeming super packed.

Walter Truesdale - 4 days ago

3 Star Rating Went during summer. Kids loved it, but it didn't live up to the hype. Lots of exhibits were closed, loads of walking to find the fun stuff, but I have to say I loved the rainforest area. It's one of those things I'm glad my kids experienced but won't be going back anytime soon.

Nunya Biznez - 7 days ago

3 Star Rating Growing up this was my favourite place to visit. Having taken my children many times I find that it is not what it used to be. While it is definitely fun for the children, it is lacking the education that it used to have. It feels that everything is set up to be moved around, nothing feels "finished" like it used to. My biggest frustration was the placement of some pseudoscience displays such as acupuncture. As a previous reviewer stated, there needs to be areas that discuss cutting edge science and it needs the polish that it used to have. Perhaps some of the problems are due to funding, but the second floor (where the gift shop used to be) is now barren and should have displays. I am sad that I am more disappointed with each visit.

Brad Brown - 8 days ago

3 Star Rating I love this place, even as an adult. Currently resting at a middle of the road review from me as, I assume from a funding issue, an incredible amount of stations (I'll guess up to 20%), especially the ones that are still there from when I was a child, are long broken and no longer work. Second, some areas are so crammed with things to do (not necessarily a bad thing), it makes it very difficult to hear what the station's pre-recording is saying. Leading to a lot of children stopping for 3 seconds, noticing it's hard to hear, move on, in their over stimulated mode. Lastly, one thing I was sad I didn't see was innovation. I saw very little "new" science areas that captivated attention with discoveries/inventions that are yet to become common knowledge. As a child, I recall the Science Center had stations with computers that had mouse devices attached. That was huge then and was years before they became households items. During my visit this week I saw no exhibits that basically showed "this is what the future holds". That's the stuff that captivated me as a kid.

Dave Lapsley - 22 days ago

4 Star Rating Always fun to bring the kids to a couple times a year. Cool areas for kids of all ages. Friendly and helpful staff. Can get a little crowded especially if multiple school trips are milling around. Quite a few escalators so watch your step and tie your shoes. ☺️

Rich D - 1 month 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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