Our History

July 1978 – The journey begins…
A group of Edmontonians incorporated the Edmonton Space Sciences Foundation as a private non-profit organization and began the task of promoting a new planetarium and science centre for Edmonton.

January 1979 – Defining our character
Renowned for its striking and innovative buildings, Douglas J. Cardinal Architects Ltd. was appointed to design the new science centre and bring it to life.

September 1980 – Time to celebrate
The City of Edmonton selected the Edmonton Space Sciences Centre as the City's flagship project commemorating the Province of Alberta's 75th Anniversary.

March 1982 – Breaking new ground
Construction begins in Coronation Park, within sight of the original Queen Elizabeth Planetarium (Canada’s first planetarium, originally opened in September 1960), which the new Centre would soon replace.

July 1, 1984 – Welcome one and all!
The doors opened on a new universe of space science education and entertainment, the result of the shared efforts of many talented people. Edmonton Space Sciences Centre immediately became one of Northern Alberta's premiere attractions that offered visitors from around the world an incredible space and science centre experience like no other.

1990 – Reaching out to Alberta’s children
We introduced a new Outreach Program, calling it Science in Motion. Qualified instructors from the Edmonton Space & Science Centre visit schools in rural Alberta communities to deliver exciting learning opportunities about science and technology that students otherwise would not have had.

July 1990 – The same, but different.
In order to reflect an expanding mission to explore a wider range of scientific discoveries, the Foundation changed the name of the facility to the Edmonton Space & Science Centre. The Foundation also changed its own name to the Edmonton Space & Science Foundation.

November 1991 – A Science Centre first
To the delight of visitors, Members and donors, the Centre opened the first international Challenger Learning Centre that remained open until 2000.

1992 – Our newest addition
A major addition in 1992/1993 adds approximately 15,000 square feet on two floors to the north side of the building. A new lobby, Gift Shop, IMAX Theatre entry and Café occupy the lower level, and a large gallery for traveling exhibits is located on the second level.  New Visitor Services facilities as well as a refit of the rotunda completed this major addition in November 1993.

February 1994 – Little ones get a place of their own
The Discovery Gallery, a place for young explorers, officially opens. Now guests aged 2-8 have a world of discovery designed just for them.

July 1994 – A decade of discovery
We celebrated our 10th anniversary of bringing a special space and science centre experience to our visitors from around the globe.

July 1995 – Hamming it up
Official opening of the Amateur Radio Station VE6SSC — at the time, one of North America’s most advanced Ham Radio Stations!

August 1995 – Getting keyed up over new computer lab!
Official opening of the Dow Computer Lab.

1998 – Over half a million served
The Centre welcomes over 522,000 visitors for the first time ever.

2000 – Prime Minister gets a look at hands-on learning
Prime Minister Chrétien visits the Science Centre.

2000/2001 – Vision Beyond 2000 – Building our Future
Building a world-class science centre that will continue to stimulate, inform and entertain future generations of Albertans.

July 1, 2001 – Expanding our horizons
In 2000/2001 the centre goes through a $14-million-expansion and renovation as part of our Vision Beyond 2000 project. On July 1, 2001, the Edmonton Space & Science Centre opened its doors to the public, reborn and renamed as Odyssium™.

July 2004 – Celebrating 20 years
2004 was a time for reflection, celebration and looking forward to the future. Our celebration included hosting the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) annual conference, as well as launching the first-ever IMAX film Festival. Our crown jewel event, entitled an “Evening of Discovery,” welcomed many guests including the Honourable Lt. Governor Lois Hole.

May 2, 2005 – Welcoming the world
Odyssium is renamed TELUS World of Science – Edmonton and continues to be a shining star in Edmonton’s entertainment and educational landscape.

May 27, 2005 – A royal visit
We were given the distinct honour and privilege to showcase our programs to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II during a walkabout at Churchill Square.

June - October, 2008 - A record summer
TELUS World of Science - Edmonton hosted Gunther von Hagen's BODY WORLDS 1: The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies and drew a record attendance of over 270,000 visitors for the four months.

July 1, 2009 - Silver anniversary
We celebrate our 25 years of discovery and anticipate the exciting future that lies ahead of us.

September 2010 - Award winning science demonstration
TELUS World of Science - Edmonton's Sounds of Science demonstration took home first prize winning the Golden Brain Trophy in Discovery Channel's Science Centre Showdown which aired on "The Daily Planet's Greatest Show Ever".

November 2011
TELUS World of Science – Edmonton announces the hosting of the STAR WARS™ Identities: The Exhibition in October 2012.

October 2011 - February 2012
Hosted Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.

December 2011
Opened the redeveloped Discoveryland for children ages 8 and under.

October 2012
Opened the redeveloped Syncrude Environment Gallery.

October 2012
Completed construction of the new Feature Exhibition Gallery.

October 2012 - April 2013
Hosted STAR WARS™ Identities: The Exhibition.

May - October 2013
Hosted the Canadian premiere of BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life.

September 2, 2013
The IMAX® Theatre is closed for renovations and upgrades.

November 23, 2013
Harry Potter™: The Exhibition opened at midnight with James and Oliver Phelps (aka Fred and George Weasley) in attendance.

December 26, 2013

Our new state-of-the-art IMAX Theatre opened to the public with the new film JERUSALEM.

January 1, 2014

We welcomed our new President and CEO Alan Nursall.

 February 15-17, 2014

The science centre welcomes record crowds as our busiest Family Day Weekend drew more than 15,000 people to see the Harry Potter exhibit and JERUSALEM in IMAX.

May 17, 2014

Our two summer exhibitions opened: Wildlife Rescue and KNEX Thrill Rides. 

October 11, 2014

The blockbuster exhibition Indiana Jones & The Adventure of Archaeology opened with a Hollywood stunt show. 

October 17, 2014

In celebration of our 30th anniversary, we hosted an inaugural fundraising event called Lumen. The event took on an Indiana Jones theme and attracted hundreds of people as it raised funds for the Science In Motion program.