An iconic cultural attraction, the Ontario Science Centre is a global leader in lifelong learning, welcoming more than 53 million visitors since opening its doors in 1969. As a convenor of public dialogue on technology, science and society, we provide collaborative experiences, support 21st-century learning and spark youth innovation. The Science Centre conceives, designs and builds world-class exhibitions. We are dedicated to community outreach and serve as a vital link in Ontario’s innovation and education ecosystems.
Our vision: A more curious, creative and resilient world.
Our mission: To inspire passion for the human adventure of discovery.
Our purpose: We believe science, technology and innovation will help us shape a better future for society and our planet. We provide opportunities to explore, learn and collaborate. We make a positive and enduring impact on the lives of individuals and communities.
Our ambition: Global leader in lifelong learning. Vital link in Ontario’s innovation and education ecosystems. Convenor of public dialogue on technology, science and society.
As one of the world’s first interactive science museums, the Science Centre contains an array of inspiring installations and exhibit halls. Celebration Way explores how several fields of science, from human biology to space exploration, have changed since 1969. Inventorium 2.0 is our hands-on learning space where art and design meld with science, technology, engineering and math. The Hot Zone is a science hub for news and live stage presentations. The Weston Family Innovation Centre inspires visitors to take experimentation to a whole new level.
KidSpark, our extremely popular hall designed for children under eight, is a learn-through-play space that provides science fun for our youngest visitors. In the Space Hall, find the wonders of our galaxy, the quests of astronauts and a state-of-the-art planetarium. A Question of Truth explores how beliefs and biases can influence scientific research. The Living Earth delivers an amazing natural science experience via a simulated tornado and a full rainforest environment. The Science Arcade is a favorite place to test levers, pulleys and magnets, experience a shadow tunnel or crank up the power.
The AstraZeneca Human Edge explores the potential and limits of the human body. The Cohon Family Nature Escape offers a unique outdoor experience in the heart of the Don River Valley ravine. And Forest Lane is filled with nature, art and the science of forestry and trees.
Our live daily demonstrations bring science to life through fun, hands-on learning. Visitors can power up at The Energy Show, take in a papermaking demo or plug-in to current science at the Science HotSpot. A rich variety of programming is also presented throughout the year. Plus we have Ontario’s only IMAX® Dome theatre — which is a reason in itself to visit.