Ontario Science Centre marks 50th anniversary

The Ontario Science Centre will celebrate 50 years of curiosity, wonder and discovery in 2019 with a year-long celebration featuring exhibitions, films and special programs.

“In 1969, the Province of Ontario had the foresight to pioneer a new type of cultural attraction — an interactive science museum,” said Maurice Bitran, chief science officer, in a statement.

The Science Centre kicks off celebrations at a special event on Jan. 24 with Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell.

“This year, we are fortunate to celebrate 50 years of welcoming dreamers, thinkers and doers through our doors with the lieutenant governor — an active champion of science and science communication — as our honorary patron,” said Bitran.

The Toronto landmark has welcomed more than 52 million visitors since opening its doors on Sept. 26, 1969.

“The Ontario Science Centre has been encouraging scientific literacy, discovery and education while creating memories and positive experiences for millions of visitors for 50 years,” Dowdeswell said, in a statement. “Talking about science helps us better understand the complex world in which we live. As honorary patron during this milestone anniversary, I am delighted to be part of the celebrations and look forward to shining a light on the important role that the Science Centre will play in inspiring and shaping minds during the next 50 years.”

Some visitors have gone on to change the world in the classroom, in the newsroom, on the Nobel Prize stage and even aboard the International Space Station, reports the centre. A social media campaign for the public to share their magical moments, memorable experiences and photos will be launched in the new year. Learn more at OntarioScienceCentre.ca.

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