Designed by renowned architect Douglas J Cardinal, this stunning building, previously known as Odyssium, is difficult to ... More
TELUS World of Science
Designed by renowned architect Douglas J Cardinal, this stunning building, previously known as Odyssium, is difficult to miss. There's plenty to see and do, including interactive displays, shows, a learning center, observatory, IMAX theater, computer labs, birthday party hosting, several space and science galleries, as well as a cafe and gift shop. Since it opened in 1984, the massive science center has been attracting visitors in ever-increasing numbers. The current rate of visitors at TELUS World of Science is about 500,000 people per year. Opening hours vary according to season.
I used to love going to Telus World of Science as a kid. Remembering the exhibits and the fun of being there, I thought it would be equally as fun for my children (aged 4 and 7 years). Making it a family outing, I brought my Gram along for the ride.
The "family" entrance fee of $109.95 makes it difficult to swallow and the thought that a vast majority of families probably could not afford to enjoy what really should be an easily accessible facility for families of all economic backgrounds, took some of the shine off of the place. Exhibits are clean and the kids loved it, the Imax show was great and we had a good time. However, when you tack the cost of food, a trip to the gift shop and the admittance fees, one begins to wonder if we could not have had an equally good time someplace else for a LOT LESS money!!
I haven't been there in at least 8 years. I was very dissapointed when I returned with my five year old daughter and husband. I definately wasn't impressed with how much we were charged to get in after I saw what they had to offer.
I will say that the displays where well kept and Clean, esspically copaired to the places in Vitoria. Make sure that you go to at least 1 of the live demonstrations. They are amazing. All the kids loved it.
The museum itself was pretty well done, but the IMAX theater was just sad. I should point out too, that it's been renamed to "Telus World of Science", but I think Odyssium still has the hearts and minds of the locals.
The display halls were neat and well kept. It's always nice to find the vast majority of the displays functioning. The show about making ice cream with liquid nitrogen was brilliant. All the kids loved it! With so many focused children, it was like a Potter film. The criminal investigation area was far better than the Tampa version. All in all, a good museum. They even had a Segway to try out.
As for the "IMAX" theater on site. Maybe I'm spoiled, but I've never seen a non-dome imax movie before. I didn't even know such to exist. The whole point is being surrounded by the picture. This place's screen isnt much bigger (or rounder) than a good stadium theater. If you're in the museum and thinking about taking in a show, at least you'll know what to expect.
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