Science World is a hands-on science centre in Vancouver, a favourite family destination offering entertaining and educational experiences. Science World contains five permanent galleries (Eureka, the Sara Stern Search Gallery, KidSpace, Our World, Visual Illusions), a Special Exhibitions Galleries, the Science Theatre, and the Alcan OMNIMAX Theatre, as well as a variety of Centre Stage Shows.
In Eureka! you’ll explore themes such as water, air, light, sound, motion and invention. Experiment with dams, locks, fountains and boats in the water area. Ride the amazing propeller-driven merry-go-round we call the Vancouver Flyer, and investigate parachute design. Whap out a tune on the whapophone, test your skills as an orchestra conductor, peer down an “infinite” hole, and see yourself in infrared.
In Contraption Corner, find out how components like gears, electric circuits, levers and wheels come together to make gizmos and contraptions we use everyday. Then stretch your knowledge and imagination by creating your own invention. Watch our visitors experiment with dams, locks, fountains and boats in the new water area.
Sara Stern Search Gallery
Let your senses explore the natural world in the Sara Stern Search Gallery. Climb inside our giant 800-year-old Western Red Cedar. Crawl through a real beaver lodge. Stroke the thick coat of a grizzly bear. Spy inside a hive a buzzed with thousands of honey bees. Sniff out our colony of giant Hissing Cockroaches and discover what’s hidden in our 40 Discovery Boxes. Then check out our corn snakes, geckos, Australian stick insects, Indian stick insects, giant millipedes, newts, snails, mealworms, pacific treefrog, and dinosaur skull.
Bright colours. Fun exhibits. Big toys. That’s KidSpace, an area for 2 to 6 year-olds to play with movement and materials. They can build a two-story wooden clubhouse. Roll a ball through a path you made in the Gravitram. Make a dam and float boats down a stream at the Water Table. Crawl into the Giant Kaleidoscope to see hundreds of images of your self. Take a spin in our Flying Saucer. And don’t forget to play with our Giant Building Blocks and our Loop-de-loop.
Our World is an exciting exhibition that takes an innovative, interactive and fun approach to the complex issue of sustainability and how the everyday choices we make affect our world. Through colourful, bright and imaginative exhibitry Our World engages your attention while focusing on the everyday choices that you make and how they impact our world both immediately and in the future. Issues such as transportation, electricity, water consumption, garbage/waste disposal, and food production are explored taking you from awareness to action within the context of sustainable living. Learn the everyday things that you can do to minimize your social, economic and ecological ‘footprint’, while teaching your children about responsible living.
First , We Mess with your Mind! When you bring your brain over to play, you can find out how it works with optical illusions and topological puzzles on the first level. Seeing is not always believing… and believing is not always seeing! In this mind-numbing showcase of eye-popping optical effects, straight lines look curved, black and white images look coloured, still pictures move and your friends will shrink before your eye (just use one for it to work!). Ropes, metal rings and wooden blocks are just some of our instruments of torture. Test your wits against our variety of puzzles for all levels of skill and patience.
Alcan OMNIMAX Theatre
The Alcan OMNIMAX Theatre features magnificent science and nature films on one of the world’s largest dome screens.
The high definition Science Theatre shows spectacularly scenic presentations as well as live performing arts shows.
1455 Quebec Street
Tel: 604-443-7443 (24-hour information)
Tel: 604-443-7440 (Information/Administration)