Vancouver’s Science World is a fascinating realm of exploration and experimentation for the young and young at heart. With exhibitions running throughout the year and events for parents, kids and educators to enjoy daily, there’s something for every curious mind at Science World.
Officially named 'Science World at TELUS World of Science', the centre's building provides visitors with access to exhibits and galleries encompassing films and educational programs entirely devoted to science.
The ‘golf ball’ that houses Science World is a geodesic dome designed by American inventor R. Buckminster Fuller, and was originally constructed for Expo ‘86 during which it served as the Expo Centre.
When the fair closed its gates at the end of that year, a rigorous lobbying campaign began to secure the impressive dome landmark as the permanent building for a science centre. With plenty of government support and a substantial fundraising campaign behind it, Science World was granted its new location and a $19.1 million facelift.
Today, over 550,000 people visit Science World every year to experience its interactive displays and take part in feature exhibitions and awe-inspiring science demonstrations.
The facility also houses the OMNIMAX® Theatre and features an 27-metre diameter dome screen, one of the largest in the world. With an impressive wrap-around digital sound system, watching mountaineers take to the giants of the sky, or watching humpback whales soaring below the surface has never seemed so real. If you’d prefer a more hands-on experience, live science demonstrations run on a daily basis, which are both educational for kids and entertaining for adults.
Science World’s opening hours change on a seasonal basis so it’s best to check the website before visiting. General admission is $15.25 for children aged three to 12; $18.50 for teens, students and seniors; and $22.50 for adults. Please note: general admission doesn’t grant you access to OMNIMAX Theatre or other speciality demonstrations.