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Exhibit Halls and Experience Areas

The AstraZeneca Human Edge

Explore the potential and limits of the human body. Plunge into the mind of a freediver, grapple with a climbing wall and what it takes to summit Everest, discover how your body deals with danger…what's humanly possible for you?

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The Centre’s Backyard

The Ontario Science Centre is perched on the edge of the scenic Don River Valley. Everything from the building's construction to what you see out the windows embraces elements of nature.

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HotZone

A current science hub, the HotZone is the place to pose questions, debate answers, scan headlines, view events and get the real story via multiple screens and stage presentations.

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KidSpark

Science fun for our youngest visitors! Kids eight and under, along with their caregivers, can play and learn in an area designed just for them.

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The Living Earth

Stroll through a Rain Forest and try to spot the Poison Dart Frogs. Touch a tornado, crawl through a cave, and check out a coral reef as part of the all-natural fun!

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A Question of Truth

Explore how beliefs and biases can influence scientific research. Test controversial theories related to race, gender and culture, and compare Western with "alternative" sciences.

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Science Arcade

A visitor favourite since we opened in 1969! It's the place to test your reaction time, navigate a distorted room, or have a hair-raising experience at the Electricity Show.

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Shoppers Drug Mart® OMNIMAX® Theatre

Discover how thrilling movies can be with the giant dome screen and a state-of-the-art sound system of the Shoppers Drug Mart® OMNIMAX® Theatre.

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Space

Pilot a rocket chair, experience the night sky in our planetarium, check out meteorites and rocks from Mars – in a space that's out of this world!

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Weston Family Innovation Centre

Explore experiences that hone your innovation skills. Prototype a new kind of shoe. Make magnetic fluids dance and test your aviation skills. Change your mind…and your world.

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Demonstrations

Amateur Radio Station

Got something to share? Chat it up with other radio operators from around the world at VE3OSC, the Science Centre's Amateur Radio Station.

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Electricity Demo

Get a charge out of loud zapping noises and lightning sparks? Then find out "what's watt" and have a hair-raising experience with the famous Van de Graaff generator.

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Jacquard Loom

See how volunteers use punch cards to create patterns with our 150-year-old loom, and discover what weaving and computers have in common!

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Papermaking Demo

See how cloth and plant materials are transformed into paper. Younger visitors can learn how to make their own paper, and often get to take a piece home!

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Planetarium

Sit back in Toronto's only public planetarium, as a presenter takes you on a fantastic voyage through the Universe to learn more about our cosmic neighbours.

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Rocks 'n' Minerals

Meet and chat with volunteers from local gem and mineral clubs as they grind and polish rocks into things of beauty.

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Science HotSpot

Plug into current science at these live presentations covering the latest hot topics in science and tech.

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Special exhibitions

The Science of Rock 'N' Roll is an interactive exhibition that provides a fresh look at the history of rock from the perspective of science and technology. See how music has shaped the tools of rock – and how those tools have changed the music.
June 11 - October 26, 2014
Included with general admission to the Science Centre.

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Stuff for kids

Aging Machine

How will you look when you're grown up? State-of-the-art software adds decades to the faces of 8-12 year olds and shows how smoking, sun and food might affect the results.

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Amateur Radio Station

Got something to share? Chat it up with other radio operators from around the world at VE3OSC, the Science Centre's Amateur Radio Station.

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Bird's Eye View

Head up to the mezzanine above the Living Earth hall and look for a giant steel bird. Climb in, lie down, and go for a virtual flight as trees and the ground zoom by below you.

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It's spelunking time! Explore this 15 metre-long reproduction of a cave in Guelph, Ontario. See what thousands of years of glacial run-off and erosion can do to solid rock!

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Electricity Demo

Get a charge out of loud zapping noises and lightning sparks? Then find out "what's watt" and have a hair-raising experience with the famous Van de Graaff generator.

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KidSpark

Science fun for our youngest visitors! Kids eight and under, along with their caregivers, can play and learn in an area designed just for them.

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Papermaking Demo

See how cloth and plant materials are transformed into paper. Younger visitors can learn how to make their own paper, and often get to take a piece home!

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Rain Forest

Check out 250 square metres of palms, poison dart frogs and other tropical life. It's hot, it's humid and it's a great place to explore a fascinating ecosystem.

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Rocks 'n' Minerals

Meet and chat with volunteers from local gem and mineral clubs as they grind and polish rocks into things of beauty.

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Science Arcade

A visitor favourite since we opened in 1969! It's the place to test your reaction time, navigate a distorted room, or have a hair-raising experience at the Electricity Show.

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Art installations

BEAM Robot Fish

Controlled by solar cells, this BEAM robot sculpture (Biology, Electronic, Aesthetics, Mechanics) is designed to live, feed and fend for itself in the ocean.

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Cloud

Check out this mesmerizing art installation composed of hundreds of rotating glass panels designed to mimic the changes of state from solid to liquid to gas.

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Dr. J. Tuzo Wilson Geodetic Monument

Imagine the Earth's crust moving at this monument and exhibit honouring Dr. J. Tuzo Wilson—renowned geophysicist and Director of the Ontario Science Centre from 1974 to 1985.

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Fish Mobile

This granite, copper and steel fish is so delicately balanced that the smallest puff of wind can make it "swim".

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FUNtain

Defy your expectations of what either a fountain or a musical instrument can be. Stop jets of waters with your fingers to create a harmonic landscape, or play your favourite tune – with water!

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George Rhoads Sculpture

This is interactive art in motion! Drop a ball down one of the ramps and you'll set off a chain-reaction of music, movement and amazement.

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A space where art meets science. Encounter, experience and engage with art installations by creative young people and see what inspires you!

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In a Dark Wood…

This video installation juxtaposes a forest of Douglas fir with a montage of archival film related to British Columbia.

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Jacquard Coverlet

Marvel at this wall hanging woven on our antique Jacquard loom by volunteers. Like a computer, the loom’s mechanism uses binary to create the pattern.

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Lotic Meander

This beautiful outdoor art features a serpentine walkway made of polished glass pebbles, granite slabs, and hemispherical black domes carved from boulders.

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Pose for a picture at our webcam station then watch your photo blow up in bubbles instead of pixels!

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Stuff for teens

Amateur Radio Station

Got something to share? Chat it up with other radio operators from around the world at VE3OSC, the Science Centre's Amateur Radio Station.

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Planetarium

Sit back in Toronto's only public planetarium, as a presenter takes you on a fantastic voyage through the Universe to learn more about our cosmic neighbours.

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Cloud

Check out this mesmerizing art installation composed of hundreds of rotating glass panels designed to mimic the changes of state from solid to liquid to gas.

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Electricity Demo

Get a charge out of loud zapping noises and lightning sparks? Then find out "what's watt" and have a hair-raising experience with the famous Van de Graaff generator.

Click for more…

Jacquard Loom

See how volunteers use punch cards to create patterns with our 150-year-old loom, and discover what weaving and computers have in common!

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The Living Earth

Stroll through a Rain Forest and try to spot the Poison Dart Frogs. Touch a tornado, crawl through a cave, and check out a coral reef as part of the all-natural fun!

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A Question of Truth

Explore how beliefs and biases can influence scientific research. Test controversial theories related to race, gender and culture, and compare Western with "alternative" sciences.

Click for more…

Rocks 'n' Minerals

Meet and chat with volunteers from local gem and mineral clubs as they grind and polish rocks into things of beauty.

Click for more…

Science HotSpot

Plug into current science at these live presentations covering the latest hot topics in science and tech.

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Weston Family Innovation Centre

Explore experiences that hone your innovation skills. Prototype a new kind of shoe. Make magnetic fluids dance and test your aviation skills. Change your mind…and your world.

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Stuff with seats

Planetarium

Sit back in Toronto's only public planetarium, as a presenter takes you on a fantastic voyage through the Universe to learn more about our cosmic neighbours.

Click for more…

Cloud

Check out this mesmerizing art installation composed of hundreds of rotating glass panels designed to mimic the changes of state from solid to liquid to gas.

Click for more…

Electricity Demo

Get a charge out of loud zapping noises and lightning sparks? Then find out "what's watt" and have a hair-raising experience with the famous Van de Graaff generator.

Click for more…

A space where art meets science. Encounter, experience and engage with art installations by creative young people and see what inspires you!

Click for more…

A Question of Truth

Explore how beliefs and biases can influence scientific research. Test controversial theories related to race, gender and culture, and compare Western with "alternative" sciences.

Click for more…

Science HotSpot

Plug into current science at these live presentations covering the latest hot topics in science and tech.

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Shoppers Drug Mart® OMNIMAX® Theatre

Discover how thrilling movies can be with the giant dome screen and a state-of-the-art sound system of the Shoppers Drug Mart® OMNIMAX® Theatre.

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Weston Family Innovation Centre

Explore experiences that hone your innovation skills. Prototype a new kind of shoe. Make magnetic fluids dance and test your aviation skills. Change your mind…and your world.

Click for more…

Especially for school visitors

Auditorium and Studios

School programs may be offered in one of our three Studios, two with seating for 50 students and one with seating for 100; or our Auditorium with seating for 450.

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Challenger Learning Centre

In this space-mission simulator students make up the crew, performing tasks and solving problems in order to ensure a successful mission. Teambuilding programs for corporate groups are also available.

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IBM School Entrance

Start here if you're part of a school visit. You'll find lockers, the Group Reception counter for teacher check-in and the RBC Lunch Room for groups who are 'brown-bagging.'

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KidSpark Workshops 1 and 2

Located inside KidSpark, this is the place for innovative hands-on programs for children in JK to Grade 3, as well as the Professional Development program for pre and in-service primary school teachers and Early Childhood Educators.

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Level 5 Labs

These two labs are equipped with work benches and equipment for students to take part in hands-on programs such as DNA Fingerprinting, Diversity of the Microworld, and Rocks and Minerals.

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Weston Family Innovation Centre

This area is home to student programs involving problem-solving, inquiry-based learning and innovation such as Inquiry Workshops and Environmental Solutions.

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Visitor services

Accessibility

We're proud that the Ontario Science Centre is barrier-free. We offer extra-wide parking, free wheelchairs and strollers, wheelchair seating in the theatre and auditorium, barrier-free elevators, and special-needs washrooms.

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Bank Machine

Located on Level 2 near the Admissions Desk and the entrance to the Shoppers Drug Mart® OMNIMAX® Theatre.

 

KidSpark Kiosk

The KidSpark Kiosk offers snacks and beverages along with salads and sandwiches, hot dogs and Pizza Pizza®.

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The Lobby Café

Conveniently located in the main lobby, this café offers healthy sandwiches, salads and snacks, along with fresh-baked pastries, Starbucks coffee and a wide assortment of cold beverages.

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Lockers

Lockers are located at the front of the building. There is a cost of $1.00 (coin) to rent a locker.

 

Gift shop

The Mastermind gift shop is the place to shop for fun educational toys, books, games, gifts and Ontario Science Centre souvenirs.

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P&G Great Hall Kiosk

The P&G Great Hall Kiosk offers snacks and beverages.

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Valley Market Place

Our main cafeteria-style food venue offers a daily menu of hot and cold meals, as well as a wide variety of pre-made salads and sandwiches along with other healthy options such as fruit salad or yogurt parfaits. Fresh-baked pastries and muffins along with Starbucks coffee and a variety of cold beverages are also available.

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