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!
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre rocket science workshop.
Have you ever looked into the sky at night and wondered what was above you? The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre’s innovative programming, exhibits, and activities are working to educate, inspire and evoke a sense of wonder about the universe, our planet and space exploration.
The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre has several programs and exhibits for star-gazers of all ages. They include:
Star Lab 2.0 Digital Portable Planetarium: Star Lab: The Portable Planetarium has brought the wonders of the night sky to students and teachers for years. Now, it is even better! Our new digital projector allows us to bring stars, constellations, realistic deep sky objects, planets, and moons into your school. We can even travel through Space as well as back in time. An extensive database with images and animations will help us answer the questions your students have about Space science and astronomy. The Star Lab is a large dome that can be easily set up in any 7 x 7 x 4 metre (23' x 23' x 12.5') space.
Community Astronomy: The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre brings astronomy to you! Our staff will either present an illustrated talk about astronomy or a guided view of the night sky and give you the opportunity to look through one of our portable telescopes (viewing is weather dependent).
Overnight Adventures: Ever wonder what the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre is like at night? Your class will have the Space Centre all to themselves! Students will explore the Cosmic Courtyard, look through the ½ metre telescope in the Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory (weather permitting), create a hands-on project, and end the night with an orientation to the night sky in our Planetarium. In the morning, a light breakfast is served followed by launching bottle rockets. Programming is ideally suited to grades 4 to 7 or ages 6 – 12 for community groups.
Not Quite an Overnight: Not a night owl? Rather sleep in your own bed? Not Quite an Overnight may be the program for you. During this 3.5-hour visit, your group will have their own show in the GroundStation Canada theatre, an orientation to the night sky, a hands-on workshop, and an opportunity to look through our ½ metre telescope (weather permitting).
Summer Cosmo Camps: Get your passports ready for an extreme road trip through the Solar System. Campers embark on a quest to fulfill a series of challenges involving science experiments, rocket building, and problem solving. Students will explore current Mars discoveries and learn interesting facts about future missions to the red planet. This 5-day camp is non-stop action and includes exploration of the Cosmic Courtyard, live demonstrations in GroundStation Canada Theatre and 360-degree domed Planetarium Star Theatre shows. Kids will have an opportunity to make new friends and have great stories to tell their classmates in the fall.
Contact Information for H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
1100 Chestnut Street
Vancouver, B.C., V6J 3J9
Have you ever been curious about what you will look like in 50 years? Gazed up at the clouds and wondered how rain was made? Or wished you could work on an actual research project with a real scientist? The answer to those questions and more can be found at Science World in Vancouver. Science World has been engaging and inspiring kids of all ages for the past twenty years and the excitement continues to build around this fun and amazing place.
Science World's fabulous exhibitions, events and programs appeal to a wide audience. From the exhilaration of searching for hidden treasure, to hot ideas for a cooler planet, to exploring the science of water, air, light, sound, motion and machines, Science World has something for everyone.
A range of resources for schools and communities are also provided. They include:
Community Outreach Programs: Science World provides opportunities for children, teachers and families to be turned on to science at school, at home, and in the community. Community Outreach programs travel throughout B.C., involve entire communities and accommodate diverse learners, cultures and family interactions.
School Resources: Field Trips, Science World at Your School, Scientists in Schools, After School Science, Careers in Science, Just for Teachers, Ask an Educator, and BC Green Games.
In Your Community: Programs include Science World at Your Event, Science World in Your Community, Richmond Classroom, and Science Fairs for K-7 students.
Contact Information for Science World
Take a tour through one of North America's best aquariums!
Life under the sea is full of mystery and magic. That's why the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre - Canada's largest aquarium - is so committed to conserving aquatic life through display and interpretation, education, research, and action. Aquarium visitors have a direct link to some amazing ocean life - get up close and personal with graceful Beluga whales, come face to flipper with Pacific white-sided dolphins, and chuckle at the acrobatic antics of mischievous Sea Otters. There is so much to see and do at the Vancouver Aquarium.
The Vancouver Aquarium is renowned for its wide variety of educational programs. They include:
Education - Bring Learning to Life! - The Vancouver Aquarium's education programs help you, your family, and your class to make the most of your Aquarium experience. Come and learn!
School Programs: Teachers, have you ever wondered how to inspire your students? Start by taking them on a field trip. Since 1956, school children have been engaged, amazed and inspired by aquatic animals and their habitats through close encounters with fascinating creatures and hands-on learning experiences. School programs include Aquaschool, on-site school programs, and self-guided visits. On the Road Programs include the BC Hydro AquaVan and Engaging Science.
Sleepovers: After everyone else has left the building and the Aquarium has closed its doors for the night, you are invited for an exciting night of exploration! Stash your gear, meet your adventure leaders and get ready for the best sleepover ever as you explore the Aquarium through a variety of special activities, tours, presentations and guest speakers.
AquaCamps: Kids can explore the intriguing world of marine mammals, fabulous fish and other cool creatures during the Aquarium's seasonal AquaCamps. Through hands-on and age appropriate activities, exploration, games and crafts, kids will have a holiday to remember. They even get to check out the behind-the-scenes action at the Aquarium!
AquaClubs: Do you have a budding marine biologist on your hands? Then check out AquaClubs, a perfect weekend program focused on all kinds of fascinating marine-related topics. Every month is different as kids discover ocean life through hands-on games, experiments and activities specifically suited to their age level.
Healthy2Oceans Outreach Program: Youth Empowering Youth: Are you a camp leader looking to enhance your summer camp programming? Your camp can be the first to participate in an interactive aquatic conservation workshop for participants between 6-12 years old.
Kids' Zone: Calling all detectives! There's a mystery at sea and your help is needed! Secrets@Sea is an online education adventure which investigates ocean science. Explore marine life and oceanography while collecting clues to crack the case. See if you can solve the mystery!
AquaFacts: Do fish sleep? Do sea otters drink salt water? Every day we learn something new about the amazing and curious lives of animals and their habitats. The Vancouver Aquarium was one of the first aquariums to introduce Naturalists, specifically trained to introduce all of the animals, teach about what we learn from them, and provide answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Programmes en Francais: Venez participer à l'un de nos programmes éducatif et interactif! La Colombie-Britannique possède une faune et flore marine exceptionnelle. L'Aquarium de Vancouver vous offre la possibilité de les découvrir et de les apprécier dans un endroit éducatif et interactif! Les programmes scolaires se déroulent dans les différentes galeries de l'aquarium ainsi que dans le laboratoire.
Contact Information for the Vancouver Aquarium
845 Avison Way
Vancouver, B.C., V6G 3E2
P.O. Box 3232
Vancouver, B.C., V6B 3X8
Bookings Office: 604-659-3552
The Vancouver Aquarium hosted the Year of Science Speaker Series, presenting topics ranging from the science of chocolate to underwater robots! These live presentations are now available for online viewing.
If you’re looking for fun, you’ve come to the right place! Volunteering with the Vancouver Aquarium means you can help the environment, connect with others and learn about marine life. Every year, over 1000 people donate their time, talents and energy to helping the Aquarium conserve aquatic life. Our volunteers include teenagers, university students, parents, families, professionals and retirees. There is a vast variety of opportunities for volunteers to get involved with, such as educating, engaging our visitors, administrative assistance or food preparation. Volunteers make a huge impact on the Vancouver Aquarium. In fact, we couldn’t operate without them! For more information visit Vancouver Aquarium.