The Ontario Science Centre

Opened in 1969, the Ontario Science Centre (OSC) is a science museum that was one of the early hands-on museums. The buildings were designed by Toronto architect Raymond Moriyama in a brutalist style, contrasting with the forest ravine setting.

Planning started in 1961, and in 1964 the 'Centennial Centre of Science and Technology' was announced, and as the name suggests, was meant to be part of Canada's 1967 Centennial celebrations. But construction took longer than planned, and it wasn't until September 27th, 1969 that the Science Centre was opened.

In 1996 the IMAX Dome was opened (the only one in Ontario) - called the OMNIMAX Theatre. The large fountain between the entrance and Don Mills was 'rejuvenated' in 2006.

 
 

List of all subjects. You can also see all the historic photos for a given neighbourhood. We also have a list of all the photos arranged by date.

And you can also go up a level to see the other photos we've put under the category of Other_Historic_Toronto_Buildings photos.

1965 Historic photo from Tuesday, April 27, 1965 - Ontario Science Centre - sketch of the buildings on the side of the Don River ravine in Don MillsOntario Science Centre - sketch of the buildings on the side of the Don River ravine
59 years ago - Don Mills - Tuesday, April 27, 1965
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1968 Historic photo from Tuesday, January 30, 1968 - South east corner of the Science Centre under construction - called Ontario Centennial Centre of Science and Technology at the time in Don MillsSouth east corner of the Science Centre under construction - called Ontario Centennial Centre of Science and Technology at the time
56 years ago - Don Mills - Tuesday, January 30, 1968
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1974 Historic photo from Friday, January 4, 1974 - R. Buckminster Fuller - innovative architect-engineer-writer, in front of a model of his geodesic dome at the Ontario Science Centre in Don MillsR. Buckminster Fuller - innovative architect-engineer-writer, in front of a model of his geodesic dome at the Ontario Science Centre
50 years ago - Don Mills - Friday, January 4, 1974
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
2007 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 9, 2007 - Ontario Science Centre stamp - 52 cents - 750,000 issued May 9, 2007 - Canadian philatelic collection in Don MillsOntario Science Centre stamp - 52 cents - 750,000 issued May 9, 2007 - Canadian philatelic collection
17 years ago - Don Mills - Wednesday, May 9, 2007
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Link to archive record - Map location