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

Open Now

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 5Ontario Science Centre Star Rating

5 Star Rating Great place to take younger children. A new exhibit arrives about every 3 months and omnimax movies change fairly often so there are always reasons to come back. The kids area is vast with lots to do. There is a lot here to keep the parents interested as well. The family membership is a fantastic deal and includes many great perks like parking, food and movie discounts and even a few vouchers.

pappa p - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating Great spot for kids of all ages, as young as toddlers! It is very hands on and interactive. I learned a lot while I was there and everything is presented in interesting ways. I forgot how big the place is with 6 floors! Parking is easy and not too expensive. Tickets are reasonable especially if you search online for discount coupons. We'll be back!

S Mc - 6 days ago

4 Star Rating Great place to learn about new things and to let kids explore. Many people aren't aware of the fact that there's also a high school program present in the form of the Ontario Science Centre Science School, which allows students the opportunity to spend a semester of grade 12 in the building. It opens up a whole new world of possibilities and as a student who was a part of it I can say I appreciate the friendships I've formed through it, as well as the education I received. If there's one point of improvement I could see for the Science Centre it's to develop more exhibits for teenagers and adults. While it's crucial for kids to get into science at an early age, many adults don't have the opportunity until later in life and would benefit greatly from areas geared more towards their age group.

Benjamin Dan - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating Very fun place. It's a bit far from downtown Toronto but it's not difficult to get there. Just take a bus or two and you'll get to the science center in about 40 minutes. Worth seeing! I recommend you get a city pass (88 CAD for adults plus tax - as of June 2018) so that you can check this attraction out and 4 more.

Vinícius Bazan - 23 days ago

5 Star Rating This place is fantastic! I loved coming here as a kid and came the other day with my kids. There are so many levels, and things to see or do! It's always busy, but not as busy on a week day...but that might change in the summer. We spent about 5 hours here. That's not including the break for food. Definitely an all day trip! Perfect for the whole family!

Aleece McLean - 25 days ago

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