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Ontario Science Centre

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Address: 770 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, Ontario M3C 1T3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-696-1000
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

The Ontario Science Centre has welcomed more than 50 million visitors since...

The Ontario Science Centre has welcomed more than 50 million visitors since it opened in 1969, implementing an interactive approach now adopted by science centres around the world. Today, the Science Centre is an international leader in free-choice science learning and a key contributor to Ontario’s education and innovation ecosystem, offering lifelong learning through hands-on, engaging experiences. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. As a publicly assisted organization, the Science Centre relies on generous individuals, corporations and foundations who share a commitment to science and education for additional operating support.

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Make sure you have LOTS of time

Took the kids here for a PD day and had a great time. Tons of exhibits and things to do.... there could be more people around to answer their questions but wasn't sure if that was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Rachel C
London, Canada
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London, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Took the kids here for a PD day and had a great time. Tons of exhibits and things to do.... there could be more people around to answer their questions but wasn't sure if that was because it was a school day and they weren't staffed the same way. The labeling on the elevator map could use more description of... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went there to see this particular IMAX film (America Wild: National Parks) narrated by Robert Redford. Wonderful experience - the film itself and the optical illusion (feels like one is moving) offered by this theatre. Saw the same IMAX film in Seattle earlier this year but enjoyed the Ontario Science Centre theater experience more. A not to be missed film,... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our family was there on Saturday What a waste of time and money The building was poorly layed out, dirty, and old The exhibits were the same as they were 25 years ago, with half of them not working this time. With every display being sponsored by a major corporation you would think they would all be working, and up... More 

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Brantford, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited the Science Centre with three kids- 2 girls ages 8 and 12 and a 13 year old boy. Two of the kids were ESL and they found the amount of written information overwhelming, but they enjoyed trying the different displays. The 12 year old girl could have easily spent two days here exploring. The explanations describing the end... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We got tickets for the Science Centre via the City Pass tickets while vacationing in Toronto. We drove from Toronto, which was not a bad drive at all. We really went for my husband who loves all things science (he did enjoy it though), that being said it is more of a children's science center than anything else. There are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just got home from a weekend in Toronto. Our last stop was the Ontario Science Centre. It was not overly bush this time of year and all the displays are great for kids of all ages!!!

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibits and the IMAX theatre are well worth a visit. Highly recommended for school age children and adults interested in science

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You don't need to be kid to enjoy the exhibits meant for them but it's probably more fun if you are with one. Note that some nice areas like the Terrace Cafe are seasonal and was already closed in mid-September. It's easy to get around even for seniors.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

So much to learn and experience at the Ontario science centre. Great exhibits for everyone. Hands on experiments bring things to life. Great place to bring the kids during March break or the weekend. Many hours of entertainment and fun.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is so much here to entertain children and teenagers. The special exhibits are always interesting, and the Omnimax movies are mind-blowing. The regular exhibits such as the biosphere, the bat cave, and the human body, are great attractions.

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East York includes a portion of old, industrial Toronto. Densely populated but incredibly safe, it boasts some of the city's earliest gardens and gardening clubs, attracting green thumbs everywhere. The tranquility of the Don Valley River area, which is rich with Toronto's oldest and tallest forests, is supplemented by the large ensemble of authentic and refurbished Edwardian homes, giving parts of East York allure. The other draw is for foodies: lovers of Bangladeshi fare will find authentic restaurants and markets in the area, with raw spices and desserts. East York also represents a lot of Toronto's Serbian food culture, and recently, has had an outcropping of solid microbrewery stops. For families, the science center is a favored weekend stop.
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