Postcard Portfolio: Ontario Science Centre

A popular topic of discussion among EMPs is out of town museum experiences. Museum professionals seem to enjoy visiting museums in other parts of the world and dissecting their experience. It seemed logical that, as we traverse the globe, we share our museum experiences with you. Each addition to our Postcard Portfolio will provide a brief snapshot of our exhibit as we see the world one museum at a time.

pcportfolioThe Museum: Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Visit: Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Best Thing: Five levels of science built into a wooded ravine just minutes from downtown Toronto.

The Worst Thing: Navigating through a building that involves a number of bridges and staircases to accommodate the aforementioned ravine location.

Why You Should Go: First and foremost, the Ontario Science Center is one of the most unique buildings I have ever experienced. A glance at the map below will give you a basic idea. Beyond that, the programming is abundant and done well. There are several exhibits out front welcoming you to your OSC experience. Once inside, there are shows, presentations, and programs at almost every turn. This could be because my visit fell on a Community Day, I’m not sure what their daily programming would be like on a normal day.


  • A very well-signed zone for children under 7 and their families
  • A hallway that completely muffles all sound
  • A large zone dedicated almost exclusively to visitor-generated projects
  • Very little wasted space, there was science everywhere
  • A fantastic exhibit on perspective



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