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Address: 1593 Barrington St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z7, Canada
Phone Number: +1 902 492 4422

Located in downtown Halifax, the Discovery Centre is Nova Scotia’s only...

Located in downtown Halifax, the Discovery Centre is Nova Scotia’s only hands-on science centre. With a mission to make science interesting, enjoyable and interactive, it’s the smartest place to play! The Centre features a traveling exhibit in the Main Gallery; over 70 permanent exhibits like the Bubble Room, the Lindsay Building Centre with thousands of Lego blocks and the Race Against Time Race Track; and daily live science shows and educational movies. It's the best family experience in Halifax!

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Lots of things for kids and adults to do.

Kids really enjoy this centre, it has lots of neat science things but in a fun way. Lots of activities to do and see and keeps children busy for hours.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Halifax, Canada
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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Kids really enjoy this centre, it has lots of neat science things but in a fun way. Lots of activities to do and see and keeps children busy for hours.

Thank Angelia8
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We only had about an hour and regretted not being able to see everything it had to offer. The Discovery Centre has made science fun! The only criticism we have is that the presenters, who were great, should have had microphones as it was sometimes hard to hear them. (Microphones aren't that expensive, Discovery Centre)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This will be amazing once they move to their new facility and closer to Pier 21. Amazing staff. Lots of creative stuff to do.

Thank WigglyToronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of stuff to do for young kids. I'd say anyone heading into their teens is going to hate it. My daughter is almost 2 and loved the place. OK, so she didn't understand half of it but she found plenty to entertain her.

Thank anonym0us
Fredericton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During our time in Halifax we decided to visit the discovery centre for the afternoon. We were greeted by friendly, smiling staff who were eager to answer any questions. The centre offers three floors to explore and enjoy with staff near by to assist in any of the activities. The areas to explore range from basic science, telecommunications to electrical... More 

Thank Camus38
New Brunswick, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Good for families with kids under the age of 8? No parking, tired old stuff but great staff. Wouldn't go again.

1 Thank Darius S
Renee F, Public Relations Manager at Discovery Centre, responded to this review

Thanks Darius for taking the time to write a review, and glad to hear our staff were a highlight for you. We're sorry to hear though, that your visit was nothing special. We can't argue that there is definitely some older pieces here; it's one of the reasons we are so excited about the impending move to our NEW Centre!... More 

Wolfville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Both the 8 year old and the 16 month old equally seemed to get a lot of their visit. I would recommend....especially on a rainy day.

Thank golfgroup2013
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Fairly close to the waterfront, this fun place is great for kids. Several floors of fun activities and exhibits. My daughter had a blast!

Thank Alexander G
Halifax, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Great family outing, a little pricey, and much of the exhibit has been the same since i was a kid, but still my little guy enjoys it, and i enjoy taking him and they usually have a couple new things here and there.

Thank LisaT1985
Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

The staff have created an awesome and exciting hands on learning experience for young people - toddlers to teenagers. It is a an excellent place to introduce young minds to various branches of science. The staff are excellent and very patient with young children. Working the T-Rex was a highlight for my young grandson. The entire visit was a 'go-go'... More 

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