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

Currently Closed

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 Great place for young and old. Staff are very good and super helpful and eager to share their knowledge. Even on a slow day you meet people visiting from all over the world. Great exhibits that are changed pretty frequently and some permanent ones mostly for the little ones.

David Toles - 6 days ago

4 Star Rating Great place to go with the family with lots of interactive displays. There's normally extra exhibits on display and/or special exhibits. Check their website to see what's going on before you go. Some displays need an upgrade as they are starting to look dated and warn out. The best part is talking to the staff in different areas. They are always knowledgeable, friendly, and approachable. The cafeteria area needs a redesign or addition. It is always packed and hard to find a seat. It's like a zoo at times. All the wild animals trying to get their food. Please like the review if you found it helpful. :)

Dave Pope - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating Fun filled place for the curious child in everyone. March break they had a robots thing going on. My son loved it very much. In the past, he enjoyed the ROM more. However, as he got older, he is finding the OSC a little more interesting. Especially the art area where the kids get to build things. If the city could get it's transit plans in order and make it easier to get there ... my son would be attending their summer camps!

Edward Wong - 21 days ago

5 Star Rating Awesome place. I go to university in the USA and was here on a visit and wanted to check out a place like this. I wish I went earlier in the day because I could have easily spent all day here reading and trying everything. It’s a great balance of things to enjoy at all ages, but I especially appreciated how good the things were for the kids and it was cool to see them really get excited about science and learning. Definitely recommend!

Joe Caswell - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Its a lovely place to bring family and kids to learn and explore about science. Its a multi leveled building showing many exhibits continuously changing so don't miss out! Its a fun and interactive adventure to learn. There are scientist roaming the area, so if you have a science like question they will answer! They also have a cafeteria to buy and eat food in. The parking lot has great space. Finally, large groups or a class can do a separate adventure or even labs with a scientist for a class trip.

Sarah Nicholas - 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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