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 almost 50% 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: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

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, Toronto, 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 The Science Center is PERFECT for kids. This was the first time I went with a more mature crowd from out of town and realized although they liked it, they didn't get to enjoy it. They didn't get to enjoy it because they bought the CityPass and we did a few locations in one day. If you are going to go, you need to be prepared to spend more than 2 hours and you need to be able to actually explore and touch the exhibits. That is what separates this from other venues more for the adult crowd. Where museums are for looking, the Science Center is there for touching! And experimenting. And reading. And enjoying their shows. Don't tell your kids to go there and "don't touch". EVERYTHING is for touching. That's why it brings out the kid in me.

Chris Levien - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating THIS IS AWESOME I sear to god this can't get any better. This is a great place to go for your kids. it has a lot of sciency things for kids. my parents brought my brother and he enjoyed it so much. I can tell you it is perfect. It does cost a bit to get in there though.

Ontarian Mapping - 19 days ago

5 Star Rating It's hard to find a place that is entertaining for children of all ages and that keeps you coming back on a bi-weekly basis in our case. As a member, I am never bored. The Ontario Science Center has new exhibitions every once in while to make sure the visits remain interesting for the entire family. I am in Toronto for the next year or so and I always carve out time for this place. The kids love it!

Cynthia van der Sar - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Great place! I used to visit all the time as a kid - I'm 20 years old now and figured I'd head back. It's still a great place! Admission is pretty cheap, especially for students. I spent 3.5 hours here, easily, and didn't even see everything. I missed a whole floor because the place was closing and I had to get out of there. Ultimately I'd say this is an enjoyable place for everyone; kids will love all of the activities and interactive stuff, and adults will probably walk out with some new knowledge.

Vic Blair - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating I thoroughly enjoy this place with my son. It is taken care of. Lots of interesting activities for him being a five-year-old. And also things to keep an adult mind active. The cafeteria is always well taken care of which I greatly appreciate and the staff is always friendly and courteous. The reason I gave it four stars out of five is that I don't like the new membership standards. Parking has now gone up. And from what I understand I get less of a discount at the cafeteria itself for being a science center member. But all-in-all thank you very much for the wonderful job that you people do I appreciate you having this place open. Cheers

Jason Jardim - 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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