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: 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, Toronto, ON M3C 1T3, Canada

Phone: (416) 696-1000

Official Website: Ontario Science Centre


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 5

3 Star Rating It's a decent science centre but pales in comparison to some of the others in other notable cities. Geared a bit more towards kids but adults can still benefit and enjoy their time here. It's definitely NOT a must-visit for visitors to Toronto though, so if you are forced to choose between this and something else (for your CityPass or just simply because of lack of time), you're probably better off heading elsewhere. Avoid coming on weekdays because it is a jungle with the amount of kids and school field trips running around. There is plenty of parking but otherwise this isn't the most accessible location.

Isaac Jang - 7 days ago

4 Star Rating A great place for kids to visit. We had a lot of fun and didn't have tine to visit everything in one day. I found show times limited. One show was cancelled . I wish they had put a sign up so we wouldn't have waited for no reason.

Laura Killam - 7 days 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 - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating Simply awesome place to take the kids. So much stuff to do. Parking is $10, but they have two EV charging stations on site. The Imax movies here are awesome, especially in the cool curved theater. Be warned: it closes at 4:30!! Maximize your time there and go for the whole day!

Francis Roque - 24 days ago

5 Star Rating Always entertaining and educational. We enjoy going to the Science Centre at least once a year to see the always changing exhibits. Set aside a whole day for this attraction as there is a lot to see and do. It seems like a small detail but we really appreciate the clothes lockers on the way in. It's so nice to not have to wear or carry your heavy winter jackets and gear the entire day. The cafeteria has ample seating and a good variety of meals, snacks and beverages. There is a play zone for younger kids which keeps them entertained for quite some time. The staff and students working there are very friendly and helpful! Highly recommended family event.

Jason Ropp - 3 months 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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