Vancouver's Science World has been a longtime favorite attraction for locals and visitors of all ages. The permanent displays have always been complimented by new and exciting traveling exhibitions that fascinate and educate. Over the years, Science World has seen plenty of visitors, which has meant that the facility itself began to slightly deteriorate. With the help of Canada's Economic Action Plan and our provincial government, they each contributed $10.5 million to go towards the upgrades in Science World. The facility also put $14 million of their own into the upgrades to make it bigger and better than it was before.
The renovations started in 2010 and they are aiming to reach completion by the summer of 2012. The inside has been completed and it's the 35,000 square foot outdoor science park that is awaiting its finishing touches. The new upgrades inside include a shiny new lobby, an 11,000 square foot green roof, installation of solar-thermal technology for the hot water system and to help aid in the reduction in the necessity for air conditioning. The best part of all though is that an additional 13,000 square feet of gallery space has been added which means that larger exhibitions, or a number of smaller ones can all call Vancouver's Science World home for a bit.
Science World — Photo courtesy of Hicham Souilmi