Ontario Science Centre
Ontario Science Centre
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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 - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Where questions spark discovery! The Ontario Science Centre invites you to an exciting visit full of exploration, adventure and innovation! Visitors of all ages can explore more than 500 interactive exhibits, take in live science demonstrations, check out a real-life rain forest and a science arcade and discover the wonders of the galaxy in the Space Hall, home to Toronto’s only public planetarium. Experience how thrilling films can be on our giant screen inside Ontario’s only IMAX® Dome theatre (film tickets sold separately). Science at Home: Science is everywhere, and learning can happen anywhere. That’s why, during our temporary closure due to COVID19, we’re bringing the Science Centre to you! From DIY experiments to science activities to educational resources, we’ve got you covered. Explore the science around you. Whether you’re in the kitchen or the backyard, there are lots of opportunities to ask questions, make observations and test theories.
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  • LOL
    Michigan13 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of school kids today!
    We went on a Friday, and I had a feeling it would be wild when I saw 60 (not kidding) school buses lined up outside the Centre. Kids everywhere! The cafeteria at lunchtime was loud and very few seats were available. After 2 PM it was families. I recommend ordering tickets for the Omni-Max on line ahead of time because our choice was full. I DON’T recommend the Asteroid Hunter show at all as it presented a doomsday scenario. At this time, the ramp to the exhibits is closed and you can wait 5-10 minutes for a shuttle back and forth. The exhibits were great and I think everyone found a lot of interesting things.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 31, 2023
  • Raanan B
    Beersheba, Israel19 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good concept, bad management
    The exhibits are good. My grandsons enjoyed the interactive activities. However, this is where the positive points end. It took more than 25 minutes to enter the parking lot. One may say that congestion can be expected in holiday weekends, but this applies to the center's management as well - they could have better organized the enterence, but they didn't care. The transition from the entrance to the exhibit halls is done with shuttles ! more time in lines, both ways which is especially annoying on the way out when the kids are tired.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 8, 2023
  • grandma4920
    New City, New York338 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Third time was NOT a charm.
    This was our third visit to the science center having been there previously with different grandchildren. We always visited over Memorial Day weekend but this year we visited on a Wednesday. There was major construction taking place there which accounted for some of their most popular exhibits being closed: planetarium, bird exhibits plus more. One needed to take a shuttle from the main bldg to the exhibits on floors 2-6. The shuttle did not necessarily run in a loop as there were loads of class trips and school buses. The kids were all over the place and the teachers and aides were screaming and yelling at them. As a retired teacher I can vouch for the inspiration actions of all. The highlight was the Omnimax theater in which we watch three films.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written May 31, 2023
  • Lindsay C
    30 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unsafe shuttle
    We went on a Thursday around noon and it was a mad house with tons of busses and you could barely enjoy anything it was so crazy. We didn't get a good sense if the museum with the absolute chaos and overstimulation. The worst part is that the bridge to the museum from the building where you park and buy tickets was down. So you needed to take a shuttle, we had a stroller and a 2 year old. It was the most horrifying and dangerous shuttle ride. We were literally just standing like cattle shoved in the back of an accessible van. No car seat, no seat belts, nothing to keep the kids safe. I assumed it would be a slow quick ride. It wasn't. They were driving fast, way too fast for having unsecured children in the back. I should have looked into this. But if you have little ones, don't go until they fix the bridge! It is not safe to be in those shuttles.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Jamie P
    Rochester, New York75 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun but very large and made for older kids
    Fun but really for older kids in my opinion. Our 7 year old liked it but our 2 year old wasn’t very entertained. IMAX show was good! $12 for parking was expensive when we were also forced to take a shuttle to the main entrance. Food is expensive and limited. Be ready to walk a lot - 6 levels of exhibitions!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Ashok J
    Pune, India48 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place but confusing layout
    A huge spread out museum but has a confusing layout. Parts are accessible by shuttle bus only. There are great exhibits but not well connected. Brings to comparison the similar centre in Minneapolis which is much better laid out and has more helpful staff. Must keep a full day to see this especially due to time wasted waiting for the shuttle buses.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 12, 2023
  • akitkat118
    Massapequa, New York136 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Science Museum that needs some TLC but good for a few hours
    We had the CityPass so we used it to visit the museum. At the moment they are renovating and the bridge between the entrance and the exhibits are closed so after we got our tickets we had to get on a shuttle bus to the exhibits. You can tell it's an aged museum... several things were not working. The science arcade was fun (it's just an interactive room) and the waterfall area was pretty. The layout is SERIOUSLY confusing. We ate in the food court and the options were great! The food was really good but it is pretty slow - it took like 20 minutes for my kids grilled cheese to be ready. They have hot options and grab and go options. My kids had a good time, but it needs some scrubbing and TLC and updating.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 26, 2023
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Carolyn M
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
From our 5yo’s perspective, he would give it a 10 on 10. From the shuttle bus ride to the Kids Park to the IMAX Antarctic movie - top attractions for him were the construction house and the music room.
Written January 9, 2024
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Beth S
South Lake Tahoe, CA490 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We were there six hours and only covered half of floor number two. There are many hands on interactive exhibits. The children would love this. Very informative for adults and seniors.
Written October 5, 2023
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akitkat118
Massapequa, NY136 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We had the CityPass so we used it to visit the museum. At the moment they are renovating and the bridge between the entrance and the exhibits are closed so after we got our tickets we had to get on a shuttle bus to the exhibits. You can tell it's an aged museum... several things were not working. The science arcade was fun (it's just an interactive room) and the waterfall area was pretty. The layout is SERIOUSLY confusing. We ate in the food court and the options were great! The food was really good but it is pretty slow - it took like 20 minutes for my kids grilled cheese to be ready. They have hot options and grab and go options. My kids had a good time, but it needs some scrubbing and TLC and updating.
Written August 26, 2023
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BurgerChan
Burlington, Canada24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The science centre was fun and interactive for the kids. Definitely a place kids love, where they can run jump around and explore. There were many great features my kids loved with the showcase of the human body and the rainforest. The space exhibit was also very interesting.

The layout was sectioned out that did not flow well but something you would need to explore or perhaps follow a map. The IMAX theatre was no longer connected to the main facility due to repairs. There were shuttles that the centre provided or a very short hill walk to the other building. If you think it’s a place to go for a rainy day, the shuttle line gets long without cover or the short walk you would need to walk without cover. The IMAX theatre didn’t have much air flowing and was rather stuffy inside. The screen was definitely not high definition but rather blurry throughout the entire viewing. It made you think was I suppose to be wearing 3D glasses? You will get a headache watching the viewing or will need a prescription for corrective sight after. It’s a very scientific documentary that I feel if you have younger kids it can be somewhat dry. I would not spend the money and effort travelling to this particular building. Food options are fast food and Tim’s. It was funny the information outside the Valley cafeteria had calories of the unhealthy foods with models of the same foods they sell at the actual cafeteria . In 2023 people are more healthy and educated to know what better options can be offered.

In all the interactive building was a hit. The IMAX could use some major financing for updates and giving a new facelift. It would be great if they could get funding from a private investor that would love to give back to the community to create that great experience. Something similar to FLY B.C. Or Soren an interactive experience for all senses that can be also educational. In all kids had a great time at jumping and playing around.
Written August 13, 2023
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Terence D
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The Science Centre is the perfect place to spend the day learning fascinating things, watch amazing experiments and enjoy all things science. The Rain Forest was wonderful. Can’t wait to go back again.
Written July 26, 2023
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Ashok J
Pune, India48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
A huge spread out museum but has a confusing layout.
Parts are accessible by shuttle bus only.
There are great exhibits but not well connected.
Brings to comparison the similar centre in Minneapolis which is much better laid out and has more helpful staff.
Must keep a full day to see this especially due to time wasted waiting for the shuttle buses.
Written July 12, 2023
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Jamie P
Rochester, NY75 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Fun but really for older kids in my opinion. Our 7 year old liked it but our 2 year old wasn’t very entertained. IMAX show was good! $12 for parking was expensive when we were also forced to take a shuttle to the main entrance. Food is expensive and limited. Be ready to walk a lot - 6 levels of exhibitions!
Written July 4, 2023
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Michelle D
London, Canada1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Half empty, exhibits broken or disabled, interactive exhibits missing pieces and unusable, dirty. Wow - drove from 3 hours away with kids to a dissappointing day.
Written June 10, 2023
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Lindsay C
Rochester, New York, United States30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We went on a Thursday around noon and it was a mad house with tons of busses and you could barely enjoy anything it was so crazy. We didn't get a good sense if the museum with the absolute chaos and overstimulation. The worst part is that the bridge to the museum from the building where you park and buy tickets was down. So you needed to take a shuttle, we had a stroller and a 2 year old. It was the most horrifying and dangerous shuttle ride. We were literally just standing like cattle shoved in the back of an accessible van. No car seat, no seat belts, nothing to keep the kids safe. I assumed it would be a slow quick ride. It wasn't. They were driving fast, way too fast for having unsecured children in the back. I should have looked into this. But if you have little ones, don't go until they fix the bridge! It is not safe to be in those shuttles.
Written June 8, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

grandma4920
New City, NY338 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
This was our third visit to the science center having been there previously with different grandchildren. We always visited over Memorial Day weekend but this year we visited on a Wednesday. There was major construction taking place there which accounted for some of their most popular exhibits being closed: planetarium, bird exhibits plus more. One needed to take a shuttle from the main bldg to the exhibits on floors 2-6. The shuttle did not necessarily run in a loop as there were loads of class trips and school buses. The kids were all over the place and the teachers and aides were screaming and yelling at them. As a retired teacher I can vouch for the inspiration actions of all. The highlight was the Omnimax theater in which we watch three films.
Written May 31, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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ONTARIO SCIENCE CENTRE - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Ontario Science Centre is open:
  • Tue - Fri 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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