Our Mission and History

Our Mission 

To engage British Columbians in science and to inspire future science and technology leadership throughout our province.



The Ken Spencer Science Park is complete and open to the public. 


Science World begins extensive renovations to the building to repair the failed building envelope, expand the lobby, create additional gallery space, and ‘green’ the building. It also undergoes extensive community consultation for the creation of an outdoor science gallery and exhibition space to be known as the Ken Spencer Science Park, and hosts Dr Gunther von Hagens’ world-famous BODY WORLDS & The Brain.


Renovations to Search: Sara Stern Gallery complete. Science World celebrates 20 years under the dome with a week-long series of events, including Free Family Day, presented by BC Hydro which welcomed over 10,000 people.


BodyWorks wins the CASCade award for Best Exhibit or Show at the Canadian Association of Science Centres’ annual conference. Major renovations to the lobby and Search are underway.


Science World opens BodyWorks, a transportable gallery answering the questions of What Can I Do?, How Do I Look? and What’s Inside Me?.


Science World presents Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies, a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the incredible structure of the human body in plastinated form. A record 830,372 people visited TELUS World of Science in this fiscal year.


Science World enters into the next phase of ReGeneration, the Champions of the Future Campaign, to renew its infrastructure and pursue the construction of an outdoor science experience.


Our iconic False Creek facility is renamed TELUS World of Science. Science World receives $5 million in funding from the BC Government to support the BC Program for the Awareness and Learning of Science (BC PALS), which entitles every K-7 student in the province to a free Science World experience.


Science World enters into a groundbreaking $9 million, naming-rights agreement with TELUS.


The final exhibits for Eureka! are installed, signifying completion of Phase 2 of this high-energy gallery that explores the themes of water, light and motion.


Fundraising, design and fabrication begins for the main permanent gallery, Mitchell Odyssey Foundation Gallery: Eureka!


Science World co-produces the world-class exhibition China! 7000 Years of Innovation and opens three new areas in the ReGeneration program: Kidspace, Our World Gallery and the Science Theatre. 


The Quality Council of BC recognizes Science World with the Award of Distinction in the area of Customer Focus. Science World helps develop the blockbuster exhibition Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body.


Science World begins pre-planning for significant rejuvenation of its exhibits and facilities—Science World: The ReGeneration.


Science World continues to provide world-class exhibits and learning experiences.


The Exhibits Capital Campaign receives funds from the government and private sector for the remainder of the Main Gallery.


Science World welcomes 705,000 visitors in its first year and visits 96 BC communities with its outreach program.


On May 6, the fully refurbished 10,200 square metre Science World, featuring dozens of hands-on exhibits in five new galleries and the largest OMNIMAX® dome screen in the world, opens to the public. Learn about the full history of our building. 


Construction for a new addition gets under way.


The Provincial and Federal Governments announce their support of $5 million each, the City of Vancouver and the Greater Vancouver Regional District join with a further $1 million apiece and a capital campaign raises $7.1 million from the private sector for a total of $19.1 million to build an addition to the Expo Centre, redesign the interior and develop and build exhibits. 


The three levels of government announce that the Expo Centre will become Science World British Columbia and Queen Elizabeth II dedicates the building “for the people of British Columbia”.


The ASTC Science World Society works with the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada in the search for a permanent, larger home.


The demonstration Arts, Sciences and Technology Centre (ASTC) opens at 600 Granville Street in a building donated by Arthur Block.


The Junior League of Greater Vancouver and the Vancouver Social Planning Department join forces to found a charitable society dedicated to creating a hands-on, informal learning centre for science and technology serving all of British Columbia.