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The Johnson GEO CENTRE is a science centre unlike any other in Atlantic Canada. Focusing on the geology of Newfoundland and Labrador, it tells the amazing story of the Earth — going back almost to the planet's birth, over 4.6 billion years ago. As "Earth's Geological Showcase", Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the few easily-reached places where the geological record so fully reveals the life-story of the blue planet.
Nestled among the rocks of Signal Hill, visitors will go underground and see the exposed 550 million year old rock walls, fossil trilobites, labradorite, peridotite from Gros Morne National Park, artifacts from the province's early people, and much more. The main reception hall of the centre has an enormous solar system model that dwarfs visitors as they exit the elevators to the lower floor. The ExxonMobil Oil & Gas Gallery tells the story of exploration of the Newfoundland offshore, and features interactive stations and large scale models of the Hibernia oil platform and FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) vessels. The Titanic Story tells the tragic tale behind one of the most memorable nautical disasters in history, and features artifacts from the Titanic and her sister ships, as well as items from James Cameron's Titanic movie. A KIDZone area provides a place for children 7 and under to learn and have fun with interactive play, and features exhibit elements such as a xylophone made out of drill core and a fossil excavation bin.
The GEO CENTRE staff offer daily interpretative programs on a variety of topics, and documentaries are presented in the Earth & Space Auditorium. If the weather is nice, you can take a walk around the GEO PARK, which is a series of interconnected trails surrounding the GEO CENTRE. These trails have interpretive panels that speak about the geological and botanical features of the park, as well as displays of early Newfoundland stone use. It's a great place to have a picnic after your visit.
The Johnson GEO CENTRE also features a coffee shop and GEO GIFTS, one of the most unique gift shops in the city. If you are looking for a special momento to remind you of your trip, this is the place to find it.
A definite "must-see" if you are visiting the city of St. John's.