Science World ignites wonder and empowers dreams.
Sure, maybe it’s just a slogan but some of the over one million customers who visited last year did just that.
If you’re coming to Vancouver you shouldn’t be any different.
Here’s a quick guide to the greatest educational tourist spot in the land.
- The OMNIMAX Theatre
- Science World After Dark
- How to get there
- Visitor Tips
Science World at TELUS World of Science
One of Vancouver’s top things to do has been thrilling visitors for over 30 years.
The museum’s distinctive geodesic dome was first constructed to serve as the Expo Centre during the World’s Fair: known as Expo ’86.
After the fair’s closure the former arts, sciences, and technology centre relocated to the site and was renamed ‘Science World’.
The building’s name was officially changed to Telus World of Science in 2005, after a $9 million donation. Us locals still call it ‘Science World’ world – though don’t shoot me for using both for SEO purposes!
Here you’ll get fully interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits, displays and galleries. There’s also a variety of travelling feature exhibits and jaw-dropping live science demonstrations .
It’s also got the largest OMNIMAX theatre in the world.
Science World Activities
Recommended for: Age 5 and younger
The Wonder Gallery was developed by child development experts to stimulate the cognitive development, motor skills, and social intelligence of toddlers and infants.
It provides a variety of unique play areas spread out over 3,300 square feet.
Every area has different classifications like: experiment, crawl, splash, shine, climb, and build.
Here your kid will learn through play.
Recommended for: Teenagers and adults
The world-famous Body Works display aims to instil visitors with a newfound understanding of the impact of their lifestyle choices upon their bodies.
Body Works shows actual reserved bodies in lifelike poses. The bodies have been preserved by a process called plastination that replaces water in the bodies’ tissues with a silicone rubber, hindering decomposition.
A major sensation worldwide, the display has been viewed by over 30 million visitors since its Tokyo debut in 1995.
Peter Brown Family Centre Stage
If you wanna sit back and relax and watch some breathtaking displays of science, then the Peter Brown Family Centre stage is the place to be.
Especially if you wanna be part of the show!
The Family Centre stage is the home of live scientific displays in front of a studio audience who watch on in amazement.
Shows touch on any of a variety of topics like fire, electricity, chemistry, illusion, and much more.
Each show lasts around 20-30 minutes.
For info and show times head over to their Centre Stage page.
Recommended for: Ages 7-18
Tinkering Space aims to demonstrate the relationship between science, engineering, and safety to youth before their introduction to the workforce.
The 900 square foot gallery contains a variety of interactive displays that allow visitors to tinker around choosing the right tools for an array of tasks.
The exhibit also focuses upon the impact of science and engineering on protective equipment, such as hearing and head protection.
This will leave visitors with an increased appreciation for creativity, innovation, and problem solving.
The Ken Spencer Science Park
Recommended for: All ages
Located outdoors, the Ken Spencer Science Park allows guests to imagine their role in the creation of a healthier world. Here it’s all about environmental awareness.
Discover the implications of everyday choices in regards to food, energy, and transportation upon the environment.
The park comes complete with its own vegetable garden which grows 100 kilograms of produce a year for Vancouver’s homeless population.
It also includes a popular chicken-coop reinforcing the importance of local sourcing of food products.
*The Ken Spencer Science Park closes for the Winter.
Science World Events
I’ve only scratched the surface here.
The array of travelling exhibitions and events that come through the unique geodesic walls every year are countless.
For more info please visit the official website.
Restaurants and Gift Shop
- Kaleidoscope – A Science store open to the general public without a ticket. Offers a variety of puzzles, books, clothing, toys and more.
- Triple O’s Restaurant – An award winning local burger chain with a variety of sandwiches, salads, wraps and healthy snacks.
- Snack Lab – Located in the OMNIMAX theatre, the snack lab offers movie theater faves like popcorn, ice cream, candy, nachos, and more.
The OMNIMAX Theatre at TELUS World of Science
Elevate your experience by enjoying an immersive film on the world’s largest OMNIMAX dome screen.
At over 5 stories high and 27 meters in diameter, the screen takes up the entirety of Science World’s iconic golf ball shaped structure.
The sensational wrap-around sound system and the Snacklab concession stand make this a family entertainment superpower!
There are typically 2-3 different showings daily.
Each touches on different educational topics like science, wildlife, and the environment.
Check out their OMNIMAX page to see what is currently showing.
Discounted OMNIMAX Tickets
OMNIMAX is not included in standard entry tickets to Science World.
It costs an extra $6.00 to add a movie ticket to your admission, or $12.00 if they are purchased independently.
Science World After Dark
If you’d prefer an adult-only atmosphere then we’ve got you covered.
Science World After Dark allows adults aged 19+ to immerse themselves in a regular visit but with adult beverages, food, music, and more.
This runs just once a month from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.
Visits include a film in the OMNIMAX theatre, the ability to explore 6 permanent galleries, and experience live science shows.
Looking for the schedule? Check out their After Dark page.
Science World Hours
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Weekends/Holidays: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
*Doors close 15 minutes before closing time.
**Outdoor exhibits close during the Winter.
We recommend allowing at least 3 hours for your visit.
Science World Prices
* Children under the age of 3 visit for free
** Visitors under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult (19+)
*** Taxes are not included in the rates
How to Get to Science World?
Address: 1455 Quebec Street
Science World is conveniently located in the South-East corner of beautiful False Creek, on the edge of downtown Vancouver.
This makes it easily accessible with most Vancouver transit options like Skytrain or the False Creek Ferry.
If the sun is shining I recommend getting there on foot or by bike using the city’s world famous Seawall.
Telus World of Science is located a short walk from Main Street-Science World Station, on Skytrain’s Expo Line.
Here’s how to do it:
- Get a one zone ticket at any downtown Skytrain station on the Expo Line (Waterfront, Burrard, Granville or Stadium).
- Board the train heading East towards King George Station until Main Street-Science World Station.
- Walk down the stairs and exit the station onto Main Street and follow it south for 30 meters until you reach Terminal Avenue.
- Turn right and you can’t miss it!
False Creek Ferries/Aquabus
There are two private companies that provide a small commuter ferry service throughout a variety of stops in the False Creek area.
The ferries provide a fantastic way to travel amongst the area’s main attractions, including Yaletown, Granville Island, and much more.
Here’s how to do it:
- Board a False Creek Ferry or Aquabus with a one-way ticket bought aboard from your captain ($3.00-$6.00 depending).
- Relax and enjoy the views!
- Get off at Village Station, also known as Dock 8.
- Walk up the dock to The Seawall. Walk east about 300 meters.
* Fares are cash only unless boarding at Granville Island, where debit cards are accepted.
** If purchasing a return ticket note that tickets from the rival companies are not accepted by their competitors.
If you choose to drive there is a pay-parking lot operated by Impark that provides parking for up to 200 vehicles.
Be sure to remember your stall number as the lot operates on a pay-by-stall system.
- $4.50 for 1 hour
- $9.00 for 2 hours
- $13.00 for 4 hours
- $16.50 until 6:30pm
- $9.00 overnight
*Note that the machines do not take cash.
If you’re located in downtown or Kitsilano you’re likely located no more then 10-15 minutes walk from the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path. Equal parts transportation corridor and outdoor recreational hub, the Seawall is the perfect way to explore the city on a beautiful Summer day.
Like many of the city’s attractions, Science World just happens to be located right along this pathway.
So if you’d like to sneak in a little exercise you can visit on foot or via bicycle. To rent yourself a bike click on the button below.
1) Visit outside of peak hours.
Since it can get quite busy you should try to visit on a weekday.
Barring that mornings tend to be less crowded so make an effort to visit around the 10:00am opening time.
2) Allocate 2-3 hours for your visit.
If you hope to hit every exhibit in sight we’d recommend budgeting at least 2-3 hours.
If your kids are especially curious or you plan on visiting the OMNIMAX theatre, then count on allocating a half-day.
3) Take public transit.
Science World is easily accessible via the nearby Main Street-Science World Station on the Expo Line of the Skytrain.
This can save you the headache of navigating the busy downtown streets and save on the cost of parking.
4) Visit via False Creek
If the weather is nice, we’d recommend visiting via the Sea Wall, or a False Creek Ferry.
This quintessential Vancouver boat ride is fun for the whole family, and an experience in its own right.
5) Visit on a rainy day
This is one of the best places to visit on a rainy afternoon. It is fun, educational, and almost entirely indoors!
And there will probably be smaller crowds.
6) Don’t forget about the travelling exhibits
Keep an eye on Science World website.
If you none of the galleries mentioned in this article tickled your fancy, there is always new exhibits coming through town.
7) Catch a flick
As mentioned, Telus World of Science is home to the biggest OMNIMAX theatre in the world, which also comes complete with full food and beverage service.
Your kids will have so much fun they’ll forget it is educational!
Where is Science World located?
Science World is located at 1455 Quebec Street at the eastern edge of False Creek near downtown Vancouver.
Is Science World for adults?
In addition to numerous exhibits targeted at children, Science World offers a variety of displays of interest to adults.
Science World After Dark is targeted at the 19+ crowd.
This event allows adults to explore the facility without children and even has alcoholic beverages available for sale!
What time is TELUS World of Science open?
Science World at TELUS World of Science is open from 10:00am-5:00pm from Monday to Friday and 10:00am-6:00pm on weekends and holidays.
How much is TELUS World of Science?
Admission to Science World at Telus World of Science costs $27.15 for adults, $21.70 for seniors, students and youth, and $18.10 for children.
How much is parking at Science World?
Parking at Science World costs $4.25 per hour, $13 for 4 hours, $16.50 all day or $9 overnight.
How much are tickets to the OMNIMAX Theatre at Science World?
Tickets to OMNIMAX films cost $12.75, or an additional $6.50 with entry to Science World.
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