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 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.
Our Sensory Map indicates galleries that have the potential for unexpected loud noises.
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).
Science World has a limited number of noise reduction earmuffs 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.
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.
Noise Reduction Earmuffs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).