TELUS World of Science, Calgary

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TELUS World of Science, Calgary

Coordinates: 51°02′51″N 114°05′21″W / 51.04739°N 114.08906°W / 51.04739; -114.08906

The Telus World of Science – Calgary is a science museum with interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations and educational demonstrations in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. There are three traveling exhibits every year and more permanent exhibits that are designed on-site. The Discovery Dome Theatre features films from across North America. There are more than 304,000 visitors annually, including over 54,000 students. In 2006 the Creative Kids Museum opened at the Telus World of Science, offering art-based learning. The original site, located on 11 Street SW in Calgary's Downtown West End, closed on June 27, 2011. It will be replaced by a new, larger facility on a 15-acre (61,000 m2) site at 220 St. Georges Drive NW in Nose Creek Valley, north of the Calgary Zoo that is scheduled to open on October 29, 2011.

History

Telus World of Science – Calgary originally opened as the Calgary Centennial Planetarium on July 1, 1967. In 1983 the Calgary Science Centre Society began a bid to bring a science centre to Calgary and in 1987 they received an operating agreement that would transform the planetarium into the Calgary Science Centre. The Calgary Science Centre was renamed Telus World of Science – Calgary after a $9 Million donation from Telus Corporation on April 27, 2005.

Feature exhibits

Telus World of Science – Calgary hosts astronomy courses, school programs, youth programs, sleepovers, birthday parties, and various spring and summer science and art camps. Telus World of Science also displays three traveling exhibits per year, as well as permanent exhibits. The exhibits coming to Telus World of Science for 2010/2011 are BODY WORLDS (April 2010 to September 2010), Einstein & Darwin (October 2010 to January 2011) and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit (Feb 2011 to June 2011).

Creative Kids Museum

In 2006 the Creative Kids Museum was chosen as the City of Calgary’s celebratory project for Alberta’s Centennial. Krista Schlosser, Founding President of the Creative Kids Museum, wanted to create a place for children to expand their minds. The Creative Kids Museum is the first children’s museum in western Canada. There are five permanent exhibit areas ("Mindscapes," "Theatre," "Perception," "Scribble Dee Dee" and "Sound and Music") representing art, drama, music and visual arts. Literature is represented throughout. Every few weeks, a different local artist demonstrates their artistic talents.

Discovery Dome Theatre

The Discovery Dome Theatre is a giant dome screen. It is a space for in-house productions for school programs, and at least three large format feature films are shown there each year. The Discovery Dome Theatre is also used to simulate the nighttime sky for astronomy courses.

WOWTown

WOWTown has 4,000 square feet (370 m2) of space for children ages 3 to 7. Children take part in activities such as crawling, building, using pulleys and wheels, moving sailboats in a play stream, making rubbings and observing a real bee hive in action. When Telus World of Science brought BODY WORLDS & The Brain in, they removed WOWTown. It is no longer a feature at the museum.

Amazement Park

The Amazement Park is an outdoor interactive playground.

The exhibits teach children how to be a human sundial, lift a 320 kg globe, become a human bobsled, and create a musical rumble.