Science North

ABOUT SCIENCE NORTH

Science North is Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction and an educational resource for children and adults across the globe.

Science North maintains the second and eighth largest science centres in all of Canada and features an IMAX® with Laser theatre, digital Planetarium, butterfly gallery, special exhibits hall, and so much more!


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THE SCIENCE OF GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS

science of guinness world records now open

The Science of Guinness World Records exhibition makes it possible for anyone, anywhere to be a record breaker! In this special exhibit you will be amazed by feats of the fastest, longest, highest and strongest. NOW OPEN!

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2ND FLOOR

Nature Exchange, Lapidary Lab, F. Jean MacLeod Butterfly Gallery

Head to the second floor of the science centre for some one-of-a-kind visitor experiences. 

  • Polish a mineral in the Lapidary Lab
  • Handle exotic invertebrates, and trade some natural artifacts at the Nature Exchange
  • Visit tropical butterflies in the F. Jean MacLeod Butterfly Gallery — TEMPORARILY CLOSED!

f. jean macleod butterfly gallery

LAPIDARY LAB

3RD FLOOR

Northern Ecosystems

Take a voyage through Ontario’s natural landscapes with Northern Ecosystems.

Visit Science North’s animal ambassadors and learn about the wildlife found in our own backyards. Discover what fish live in Ramsey Lake, learn how you can help at-risk species in Ontario, and even come face to face with a snake!

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3rd floor northern ecosystems snake

4TH FLOOR

Discover. Learn. Play.

Tinker, play, and have fun in our Tech Lab. Build racecars, learn about space exploration, and take a spin in the Gyroscope. Or discover the latest breakthroughs in biology in our Bio Lab.

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TD CANADA TRUST
TODDLER'S TREEHOUSE

KIDS ZONE

Toddlers and preschoolers have a special place at Science North! This great educational play area is dedicated to young children from newborn to age five.

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FABRICATION LAB

START CREATING

Do you have a great idea for a project? Do you want to learn how to create something new? Do you want to learn new skills to give your innovations a jumpstart?

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DISCOVERY THEATRE

Science Demonstrations

This amphitheatre is the setting for wacky and wonderful science demonstrations, hosted live each day by Science North’s talented staff! Each show features plenty of audience participation and plenty of surprises! The Discovery Theatre is accessible from both the 3rd and 4th floors.

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VALE CAVERN

3D Wildfire and 2D species at risk films

Get a unique look at some of nature’s most ferocious and fascinating phenomena. 

Experience the ruthless power of fire with Wildfires: A Firefighting Adventure in 3D and get up close and personal with some of Northern Ontario’s Species at Risk in the 2D films, Massasauga Rattlesnake, Fowler’s Toad, Blanding’s Turtle and Pitcher’s Thistle.

Films are screening in Science North’s unique Vale Cavern.

Vale Cavern

SHOP & EAT

whizards

Shopping has never been so much fun! Whizards is filled with hundreds of fun science-based and educational gift ideas that will stimulate the brains of children young and old. The best part? The kids will be having so much fun that they won’t know that the gift you’ve given is educational!

Featuring original souvenirs of Sudbury, Science North "Bluecoat approved" educational toys, clothing, novelties, and gifts for all ages.

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elements

Revive yourself with healthier choices in our new food court. Pick up something hot from the grill, try one of our daily specials or grab a quick snack. Enjoy your meal while overlooking Ramsey Lake from our indoor seating area or out on the new patio.

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Elements Restaurant

COCA-COLA CORNER

Whether you prefer your snacks salty or sweet, enjoy a delicious treat from Coca-Cola Corner during your IMAX® film adventure!

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UNIQUE ARCHITECTURE

  • A snowflake perched atop a rock crater — this is the architectural metaphor that is Science North. The snowflake is symbolic of the glaciation that sculpted Canada's northern landscape. A snowflake is also a crystal, the basic component of so many natural minerals. The rock crater is symbolic of the Sudbury Basin.
  • The Sudbury Basin is a unique geological phenomenon. One hundred kilometres wide and 15 kilometres deep, the edge of the basin is the source of nickel, copper and 15 other minerals that have made Sudbury one of Canada's largest mining centres.
  • The architects created two snowflakes — the smaller hexagonal building houses administration offices, a restaurant and a cafeteria. The larger hexagon, the exhibit building, rests atop a rock outcrop some 60 metres away at an elevation some 15 metres higher. The elevation difference allowed the architects to link the buildings by an underground rock tunnel beneath the exhibit building. At the end of this rock tunnel is an underground cavern, used as a theatre, an exhibit area for special displays and as an auditorium for guest presentations.
  • From the Vale Cavern, visitors proceed to the exhibit floors by way of a glass-enclosed ramp or by elevator. The view is dominated by a panorama of Ramsey Lake, a huge Fin Whale skeleton, and the Creighton Fault, a unique geological feature.
  • The exterior of Science North's glittering snowflakes are clad in stainless steel, the key ingredient of which is Sudbury's nickel. The architectural blend of snowflake and rock crater is the work of the same two teams of architects that were co-leaders of the original conceptual study and feasibility analysis for Science North.
  • Raymond Moriyama, who designed Science North, was also the architect for the Ontario Science Centre, the Metropolitan Toronto Library and the Scarborough Town Centre, and has achieved international acclaim for his work. Yallowega Bélanger Architecture of Sudbury are the architects for the Science North IMAX® Theatre, the F. Jean MacLeod Butterfly Gallery, the Science North Special Exhibits Hall and Science North’s former Virtual Voyages motion simulator, which now houses the digital dome Planetarium.

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