Science Centres & Museums
British Columbia is home to a full spectrum of fun and fascinating science centres and museums. From exploring the mysteries under the Salish Sea at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre on Vancouver Island, to experiencing all of the amazing, interactive exhibits and displays at the Telus World of Science in Vancouver, to discovering the wonders of science and culture at The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre in Prince George, there's a place to immerse yourself in science in every region of the province!
Encouraging young minds to develop a passion for science is what The Big Little Science Centre in Kamloops is all about. Since 2000, The Big Little Science Centre has been inspiring children, their families and teachers to explore and experience science in an entertaining and stimulating environment. Educators at The Big Little Science Centre are working to nurture a lifelong appreciation for, and interest in, science, while ensuring the Centre is a loved and respected institution that is open and accessible to all members of the community.
Currently operating out of four classrooms located at the Bert Edwards Science and Technology School, The Big Little Science Centre allows visitors to experiment on their own at more than 120 interactive stations. The Centre welcomes visitors of all ages, including school and private groups, summer and day campers, and birthday boys and girls who wish to celebrate with science.
Contact Information for Big Little Science Centre
PO Box 882, Stn. Main, Kamloops, B.C. V2C 5M8
Bert Edwards Science and Technology School,
711 Windsor Avenue, Kamloops, B.C.
Phone: 250 554 BLSC (2572)
The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO), located near Penticton, B.C., is a world-class facility for science and technology research related to radio astronomy. This includes solar systems and extragalactic research. In order to carry out their space age research, scientists at the observatory use several powerful telescopes such as the seven-antenna interferometric Synthesis Telescope, the single-antenna 26-metre Telescope, and the Solar Radio Flux Monitor.
The Observatory is open year-round for self-guided tours between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays). The grounds are also open on weekends and holidays from Easter until Thanksgiving, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., with staff on duty in the Visitors' Centre. Guided tours led by Observatory staff are offered on Sundays in July and August, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tours typically take about 1 hour.
Contact Information for the NRC Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory
717 White Lake Road, PO Box 248
Penticton, British Columbia, V2A 6J9
Phone: 250 497-2300
Fax: 250 497-2355
Creating a culture of inquiry, discovery and innovation has been the goal of the Okanagan Science Centre (OSC) for the past 20 + years. Engaging OSC educators deliver dynamic, hands-on science programs to community members and visitors in the Okanagan and beyond.
The Centre encourages people of all ages to appreciate the relevance and universality of science, and to recognize its application in our everyday lives.
Located in the original Park Schoolhouse in Polson Park, Vernon, the Okanagan Science Centre offers dynamic hands on exhibits, school programs, family and adult events, private functions, summer camps, and birthday parties to foster a love of science in everyone and for all ages.
Contact information for the Okanagan Science Centre