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 – 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

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 Every time I visit there is always something new to explore! I would hands-down recommend this for children of all ages, as well as adults. There is something for everyone here. I especially like how the vast majority of the things you can do here are hands on, enabling the children to get close and immerse themselves into learning about science rather than simply learning from their teachers. The science centre is also perfect for groups as it is an open place allowing for kids to explore whatever they want. They also screen IMAX movies here, some of which I have watched. Definitely an incredible experience, and would definitely recommend to anyone interested in science.

Joshua Xu - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating Awesome place! I went with my daughter and wife and we did a bunch of activities there. We went to the IMAX theatre to see the Panda movie. After that we went straight to the floors where there was some activity to my daughter. She played in the mini market and also build some nice stuff. This is a place where you can spend the day easily.

Jean Philippe François - 10 days ago

3 Star Rating Went in the morning before the planetarium, I was told it was a great one. None of the tours were showing. Just a kid one that already ended and there wasn't anything scheduled for the afternoon. Only showings on the weekend. You have to pay for the whole museum just to see the planetarium... Odd.

arkofconversation - 23 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 - 26 days ago

5 Star Rating This is one of my favorite places on planet Earth. My parents brought me here as a young teenager in 1977, and it fascinated me so much - I pursued studies in physics and have had a fantastic 22+ year (so far) career in aerospace. I've been here three times since and look forward to bringing my grandson there one day. The Centre has incredible hands-on exhibits in all major fields of science; chemistry, physics, electromagnetic theory, etc. The exhibits are well-thought, and the maintenance has always been excellent so they always work. The museum itself is clean and spacious, and staff are very friendly and helpful. There is a place to get food (very good) and a fantastic gift shop. I am already looking forward to my next visit. I was always interested in science, but this was the one place that inspired me to learn more and pursue a career in it.

B Cantin - 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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