History of the Ontario Science Center
In 1964, the Ontario government commissioned architect Raymond Moriyama to design a science center to celebrate Canada’s Centennial. The Ontario Science Center was officially opened in September 1969 and caught the attention of the mainstream media two months later when the complex was used by John Lennon and Yoko Ono to hold a press conference.
During the 1970s, an outreach program was initiated to reach smaller communities in North America and the first world crafts exhibition (In Praise of Hands) was held in 1974.
The 80s was an exciting decade for the Science Center. 1.5 million visitors attended the China: 7,000 Years of Discovery exhibition in 1982, while the Food Show exhibition became a smash hit in 1986. A Sports Hall was opened in 1988, with an indoor rain forest environment opening in the Living Earth Hall in 1993, followed by an IMAX theater in 1996. Kidspark opened in 2003 and was doubled in size again in 2005 due to the immense popularity of the attraction.
In 2006, a $40 million initiative, entitled Agents of Change, transformed 30% of the public spaces in the Ontario Science Center and launched an exciting new future for the center.