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

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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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Rated 4.4 out of 5Ontario Science Centre Star Rating

4 Star Rating Always a fun place to visit in the city. First time bringing my kid and she had a blast. Not as many kid themed areas as I remember during my childhood but enough to entertain for at least 2 hours. Went early on a weekday hoping to beat the crowd but unfortunately didn't anticipate all the school field trips. Gets crazy fast but the field trips tend to move through quickly.

heng lee - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating I’ve gone a few times to this amazing place. There are so many interesting things to do, those science is load of fun. Love the future machine that show how I’m going to look like in my age of 80. Also love a remarkable event about Harry Potter.

Ngamthip Anuwatkasame - 10 days ago

5 Star Rating We have a one year membership this year - lots to do and gives us the time to explore it all. It's a very busy venue on the weekends, so I suggest coming in as they open. Worth paying for a locker, so bring change! Plenty of activities for children, but I would recommend 3+ for the exhibits and most activities. They do have a play center for kids, that includes one more geared for infants/toddlers, but it can be a long day and that is something you should think about. We brought in our own snacks, etc and there were no problems with that. The IMAX theatre is impressive, but can be too much for younger kids.

Maria Thomaidis - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating Nice museum. Plenty of interesting facts and educational interactive things to do. Go for a planetary annual membership, two visits will get your money back. Well worth it. Plus the Omnimax movies are a fantastic experience that can make even the most simple scene incredible to watch. You could spend the entire day just on the bottom floor with the special exhibits and the interactive workshops.

Gareth Thompson - 27 days ago

3 Star Rating I bought my tickets online and when I arrived, I was a bit annoyed to find out I had to pay for parking too. It was easy to find and there was ample parking. Inside, I was pleasantly surprised. I simply did not have enough time in the day to see every single display. The place is huge and they always have special exhibitions going on. I love how there are so many interactive parts to this museum. I went with my friend and her little girl and the children’s part was phenomenal. My friend’s daughter had so much fun in the play grocery store. They could load up their grocery cart with all kinds of food and pretend to pay for it etc. They also had a castle building center and interactive water displays. A fun place to go especially with kids!

Joey White - 1 month ago


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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