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, 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 Man this place is awesome! if you want smart kids, take them here and get a membership! Worth every penny and every minute. Not to mention they are one of the last remaining places in Toronto with a planetarium.

Marc Bell - 4 days ago

4 Star Rating Great place for kids. Could use some more young adult oriented areas. Imax is always cool and its not to expensive. Remember it being bigger and more interesting as a kid.

Jody Percy - 20 days ago

3 Star Rating My kids had a blast in the Kidspark zone (2 & 3 years old), and generally had a great day here. They cried and cried when we left and keep begging to go back! My biggest complaint is that this place still has a LOT of the same displays from when I went as a kid decades ago. Additionally, a lot of them are haphazardly placed in large rooms that seem unfinished. I have to assume this place is still undergoing renovations and this will improve over time, but for now the Science Centre is really showing its age.

Peter D. Townshend - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing!!! Friendly staff. Lots of things for everyone to do depending on ages. KidSpark is great as well as the Weston Family wing and let's not forget the hair raising show and the Science Arcade. Get the Toronto City Pass to save even more. Don't bring a stroller and grab a locker early to stash your jacket/bags away. Plan your visit around the timed evens so you don't miss out on them. EV parking offers plug-in and is the closest to the entrance so go buy that Tesla ;)

Maciej Sawicki - 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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