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

Book your ticket in advance

  • We’re currently limiting capacity in our building, so all visitors, including members, will need to buy or reserve tickets in advance online. That includes babies and children under 3, even though they can visit for free! See our What to Expect page for information on how to purchase your timed ticket.
  • If you’d like to see an IMAX® film during your visit, you’ll also need to reserve your film ticket in advance online. Check out our film schedule for more information.

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.

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 on Level 6 is open with a reduced menu, offering grab-and-go items such as salads and sandwiches as well as hot items including pizza, hot dogs, chili and soup. Hot and cold beverages along with treats are available at Tim Hortons express in the Valley Restaurant. On weekends, fries, poutine and chicken tenders are also available. 
  • We have limited capacity to ensure physical distancing, and our staff will be cleaning frequently throughout the day.
  • Food and beverages are permitted only in designated areas on Levels 2 and 6 as well as our outdoor Green Terrace Supported by TD on Level 3. 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.