First-time Visitor Tips

Welcome to the Ontario Science Centre! We’re excited for you to experience our exciting exhibitions, films, science shows and more

Whether you’re a first-time or returning visitor, we’ve covered all the basics for you to get the most out of your visit with these handy tips.

Pick a Date

Avoid crowds

  • If you prefer visiting when there are fewer people, low traffic times typically include the last two hours of each day, sunny (nice-weather) days and Mondays during the school year (when we have the fewest group and school visits).
  • When you arrive, start your visit at the very bottom of the Science Centre (Level 6) and work your way up to the top. It’s the best way to make sure you see everything while avoiding the crowds making their way down.

Enjoy peak periods

  • Visiting on a busy day? Parking is limited, so if you’re driving, arrive early. Alternatively, take transit to save yourself a wait (and feel good about being environmentally-friendly, too).
  • Sometimes, busy days are also exciting days: peak periods come with extended hours and extra programming. The three busiest (and most exciting) times of the year at the Science Centre are Family Day, March Break and Winter Break.

Plan Your Day

Get around easily

  • Our building can be tricky. Did you know Level 1 is at the top of the Science Centre and Level 6 is at the bottom? When you enter the front doors, you start on Level 2! Check out our phone-friendly online Science Centre map and keep it handy during your visit.
  • We can help you get around with courtesy wheelchairs and strollers, available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Level 2 entrance.

See all the shows

  • The Planetarium is popular and has limited seating—so line up early.
  • Remember: demonstration schedules change daily. Ask our staff or check the boards on Levels 4 and 6.

Enjoy Your Visit

Maximize your visit

  • Catching an IMAX® film? Sit near the big black box in the centre of the seating area—that’s right in front of the projector—to get the most immersive experience.
  • Enjoy the wildlife. Look out the window for raccoons, cardinals, squirrels, blue jays, blackbirds, chipmunks and more as you travel down the escalators.

Benefit from personal experiences

  • Look for our Hosts in the white lab coats. They can give you tips specific to your visit, provide additional explanations for the exhibits or just help you find the mysterious Level 5 (hint: you have to go all the way down and then up again).

Plan your meals

  • The Valley Restaurant (Level 6) will be open offering grab and go items as well as hot and cold beverages.
  • Food and beverages are permitted only in designated areas. After all, you can’t eat or drink when you’re wearing a mask!

Code of Conduct

We support a safe and respectful environment for all guests and employees

  • The Ontario Science Centre’s goal is to create a safe, respectful and welcoming space for guests, employees and partners. We will not tolerate discrimination or harassment—on-site or online. We will deny entry or revoke access to any individual who violates this code of conduct. Help keep the Science Centre a safe space. If you need help, contact one of our employees.