With more than 800 exhibits and a dozen halls, it is no wonder this science center has managed to attract over 30 million ... More
Ontario Science Centre
With more than 800 exhibits and a dozen halls, it is no wonder this science center has managed to attract over 30 million visitors since it opened in 1969. Aside from traditional science shows, the center also features interactive areas where visitors can take part in their own experiments. It also offers a movie complex with a 320-seat capacity, offering screenings of thrilling and educational IMAX format films aimed at the entire family. Timings are seasonal so check the website.
The science centre of the 80s and before had exhibits that were interesting and informative.. The special exhibits of old such as the artist as a young machine or the china 7000 years exhibit have been replaced with titanic and harry potter.
Areas as big as the Science Arcade (not the new one that looks as though its been thoughtlessly scattered throughout a dark warehouse) or as small as the Banting and Best lab had a feeling that has been lost, in my opinion, in favor of an imax theater or exhibits that come across like a bad TLC documentary on weather or volcanoes..
Its hard not to come across like someone with an axe to grind when the science centre is a big part of some of my most beloved childhood memories and i also realize that technology these days moves so fast that you couldnt possibly keep up on current developments. But it was never a place to learn about up to date technology, it was just a place to learn..
There is a balance and perhaps the directors of the ontario science centre need to look to those directors of the past who were able to create fun in learning rather than just providing toys flashy enough to almost justify the price of admission.
In the not too distant past the exhibits were much more science oriented. All that was taken away and replaced by something that is inferior to what used to be there. Its lost its awesomeness as a result.
I visited the Science Center for the first time yesterday and was very disappointed. It was out of date and many of the interactive exhibits were out of order or broken. The Science Centre is more aimed at primary school children than secondary school or university students and certainly not adults. There was nothing from a science perspective that was current (within the last five years) and educational. I expected that the Science Centre would educate both adults and children with current scientific findings and advances. It is very easy to find information on scientific advances from fifty to a few hundred years ago on the Internet. It is very clear to me that the Science Centre lacks a long term vision and clearly thoughout strategy to promoted interest in science.
Overall, the OSC was one of the cooler attractions I saw on my trip. The best parts of it were the exhibits on diversity and water. It reminded me of COSI, a similar-structured attraction here in Columbus. This was absolutely an amazing facility to visit--I would go there again in a heartbeat!
The place is really fun. The thing I most liked about it is that I liked the fish that was projected on the ground. It was a lake with koi, and it rippled whenever I touched it. I liked it because I didn't get when, but I had the impression that I was in water!:)
When my teacher told us that we were going to the science centre I thought it was going to be boring, but when we got there and my friends and I started to look at around, well, we had a blast. They worked so hard in getting it together and they did an excellent job. Oh my goodness, the rainforest was the most realistic part in there. Beautiful. I would definitely reccomend going there and i am for sure going again.
Karen my grand daughter loves loves the childrens area, Omnimax theatre and Bodyworks2.
The Human Body
" I've been in a heart and an ear, next time I want to go in an eye."
Karen at 3 years old
" I already saw the brain with my Mom and picked it up."- Karen at 4 years old.
We have a bought a family pass.
We learn more and more each visit.
My sister and I loved this when we visited in our late teens. There are 5 levels of exhibits! We spent 5 hours there! There are children's play areas and countless science learning things. The OmniMax theater is a must-see!
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