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Virtual Sightseeing – Science World

Written by Library in Library Blog on May 27, 2020

Welcome to AC Library’s virtual sightseeing tour! In this series, the Library will take you to different local sites of interest. We’ll explore these sites using the online resources available to all students and faculty through the Library databases, along with other accessible virtual resources. Join us this week as we explore iconic Science World:

Science World was constructed in 1986, and was intended be part of Expo 86, a six-month-long transportation-themed world’s fair. The building that now houses Science World, initially called the Expo Center, was intended to mark the main entrance of the fair, as well as serve as the fair’s signature building. The building was noted for its unique golf-ball shape, which was designed by Freschi, who utilized the geodesic dome shape that was invented by American architect Buckminster Fuller. The building was also home to Canada’s first Omnimax theatre, while the rest of the structure housed various exhibits on the future of transportation and technology.

Science World in Vancouver Construction Year 1986
Science World a science centre in Vancouver Canada

Left Image: Vancouver (B.C.). Planning Department, East False Creek, [19]84, photograph, City of Vancouver Archives,

Right Image: Dennis Tsang, Science World, May 31, 2009, photograph, Creative Commons,

Following the end of Expo 86, the Expo Center was re-purposed into the Science Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring curiosity about science by way of their many displays and exhibits, as well as special limited-time exhibits. If you want a look into what exhibits are at Science World on a permanent basis, you can view their list of exhibits here.

If you are looking for fun ways to incorporate science into your time at home, Science World also has a page on their website with some activities that can be done at home, as well as fun programs and scientific demonstrations run by the staff of Science World.

“The Dome at Home.” Science World. Accessed May 26, 2020.

“Exhibitions.” Science World. Accessed May 26, 2020.

“Expo Legacy – Science World.” Places That Matter. Vancouver Heritage Foundation. Accessed May 26, 2020.

Cover Image:
Songquan Deng, Telus World of Science in Vancouver, 2017, photograph, Science World,

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