Universal Accessibility

Please refer to our Health & Safety Protocols for up-to-date information about COVID-related changes that may affect accessibility accommodations.

For details on our many accessibility features and options, continue reading.

Activity Storybook

What's a visit to Science World like for someone with autism or other sensory-processing differences? We have self-paced exhibits, options for managing levels of exposure to stimuli, and a variety of areas where visitors can take a break from activity and have a calmer sensory experience. If you require the use of a quiet space during your visit, please speak with a staff member for assistance. Read about the experience and options from the visitor’s point of view in our storybook, created in partnership with the Canucks Autism Network.

Sensory-Friendly Mornings

Please note: There are no Sensory Friendly Mornings scheduled at this time.

Sensory-Friendly Mornings are inclusive events for individuals and families living with neurodiverse or accessibility needs. Guests can enjoy Science World exhibits in a comfortable, welcoming, and less-crowded environment.

Sensory Map

Our Sensory Map indicates galleries that have the potential for unexpected loud noises.

For those sensitive to noise, Science World has a limited number of noise-cancelling earmuffs. These are available to borrow, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. A piece of ID must be left as collateral until the earmuffs are returned.

Accessible Parking

There are six wheelchair-accessible spaces in the parking lots. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and are located in the lots to the north and south of Science World. Ramps are available to reach the sidewalk.

Automated Entry and Exit Doors

Science World has button-operated automated entry doors and exit doors.

Aides’ and Caregivers’ Discount

One adult aide or caregiver supervising one visitor with disabilities receives a complimentary daytime General Admission (1:1 ratio).

Community Pass Program

Accredited local not-for-profit organizations may apply for Science World's Community Pass Program. This program, which offers booklets of steeply discounted tickets, allows organization members/clients with financial challenges to visit Science World and enjoy the many exciting exhibits and activities. Learn more.

OMNIMAX® Theatre

Please note: The OMNIMAX® Theatre is temporarily closed.

The structural limitations of our OMNIMAX® theatre mean that the wheelchair seating is located in the front row, requiring visitors in wheelchairs to look up, which can negatively impact their viewing experience. Therefore, we offer complimentary OMNIMAX® film tickets to visitors in wheelchairs.

Wheelchairs and Strollers

Science World has a limited number of wheelchairs and strollers available to borrow, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. A piece of ID must be left as collateral until the wheelchair or stroller is returned.

Electrical Demonstrations

On rare occasions, medical devices such as pacemakers, hearing aids, and insulin pumps could be affected if visitors directly interact with some of our live-demonstration equipment. Our presenters will provide warnings to ensure that visitors who could be affected do not interact with these devices.

Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you have questions about any equipment.

Ramps and Elevators

Science World has ramps that allow access to the first- and second-floor galleries, as well as to the OMNIMAX® theatre on the fifth floor. There are also two elevators which run between the first and second floors. We recommend using the elevator in the Connection Zone (near the lobby) to access the Wonder gallery.

Service Animals

Science World welcomes trained guide and service animals accompanying visitors with disabilities. Please identify your service animal to our Admissions staff when you arrive and ensure that they remain leashed and by your side throughout your visit.

Washrooms

All public washrooms at Science World are equipped with baby-change facilities. All washrooms except for those on the OMNIMAX® ramp are wheelchair-accessible. An adult-change table is available in our First Aid room. Please ask a staff member or volunteer to contact First Aid if you would like to access this room during your visit.

We encourage visitors to use the facilities that make them feel most comfortable. We currently offer gender-neutral, accessible family restrooms in the following locations:

  • Atrium, first floor
  • BodyWorks Gallery, second floor
  • Wonder Gallery, second floor

Questions? If you would like more help in planning your visit, please contact our Information Desk at 604-443-7440. If you need assistance of any kind during your visit, simply ask a Science Facilitator (wearing a black Science World shirt).

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Survivors

Artist: Jeff Kulak

Jeff is a senior graphic designer at Science World. His illustration work has been published in the Walrus, The National Post, Reader’s Digest and Chickadee Magazine. He loves to make music, ride bikes, and spend time in the forest.

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Egg BB

Artist: Jeff Kulak

Jeff is a senior graphic designer at Science World. His illustration work has been published in the Walrus, The National Post, Reader’s Digest and Chickadee Magazine. He loves to make music, ride bikes, and spend time in the forest.

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Comet Crisp

Artist: Jeff Kulak

Jeff is a senior graphic designer at Science World. His illustration work has been published in the Walrus, The National Post, Reader’s Digest and Chickadee Magazine. He loves to make music, ride bikes, and spend time in the forest.

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T-Rex and Baby

Artist: Michelle Yong

Michelle is a designer with a focus on creating joyful digital experiences! She enjoys exploring the potential forms that an idea can express itself in and helping then take shape.

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Buddy the T-Rex

Artist: Michelle Yong

Michelle is a designer with a focus on creating joyful digital experiences! She enjoys exploring the potential forms that an idea can express itself in and helping then take shape.

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Geodessy

Artist: Michelle Yong

Michelle is a designer with a focus on creating joyful digital experiences! She enjoys exploring the potential forms that an idea can express itself in and helping then take shape.

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Science Buddies

Artist: Ty Dale

From Canada, Ty was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1993. From his chaotic workspace he draws in several different illustrative styles with thick outlines, bold colours and quirky-child like drawings. Ty distils the world around him into its basic geometry, prompting us to look at the mundane in a different way.

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Western Dinosaur

Artist: Ty Dale

From Canada, Ty was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1993. From his chaotic workspace he draws in several different illustrative styles with thick outlines, bold colours and quirky-child like drawings. Ty distils the world around him into its basic geometry, prompting us to look at the mundane in a different way.

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Time-Travel T-Rex

Artist: Ty Dale

From Canada, Ty was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1993. From his chaotic workspace he draws in several different illustrative styles with thick outlines, bold colours and quirky-child like drawings. Ty distils the world around him into its basic geometry, prompting us to look at the mundane in a different way.