A group of Edmontonians incorporated the Edmonton Space Sciences Foundation as a private non-profit organization and began promoting a new planetarium and science centre for Edmonton.
Renowned for striking and innovative buildings, Douglas J. Cardinal Architects Ltd. was appointed to design the new science centre.
The City of Edmonton selected the Edmonton Space Sciences Centre as the City's flagship project commemorating the Province of Alberta's 75th Anniversary.
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 – Edmonton Space Sciences Centre Opens!
The doors opened on a new universe of space science education and entertainment. Edmonton Space Sciences Centre immediately became one of Northern Alberta's premiere attractions. It offered visitors from around the world an incredible space and science centre experience.
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.
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.
The Discovery Gallery, a place for young explorers, officially opens. Now guests aged 2-8 have a world of discovery designed just for them.
Official opening of the Amateur Radio Station VE6SSC — at the time, one of North America’s most advanced Ham Radio Stations!
Prime Minister Chrétien visits the Science Centre.
July 1, 2001
In 2000/2001 the centre goes through a $14-million-expansion and renovation. On July 1, 2001, the Edmonton Space & Science Centre opened its doors to the public, reborn and renamed as Odyssium™.
May 2, 2005
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
We were given the distinct honour and privilege to showcase our programs to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II during a walkabout at Churchill Square.
Opened the redeveloped Discoveryland for children ages 8 and under.
Opened the redeveloped Syncrude Environment Gallery.
Completed the construction of the new Feature Exhibition Gallery and hosted STAR WARS™ Identities: The Exhibition.
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
A new state-of-the-art IMAX Theatre opened to the public with the new film JERUSALEM.
October 17, 2014
In celebration of our 30th anniversary, we hosted an inaugural fundraising event called Lumen.
October 14, 2015
New IMAX Laser 4K projector theatre opens with the film Humpback Whales 3D.
December 5, 2015
The Science Garage opens and invites guests to build, tinker, test and explore.
October 22, 2016
Phase 1 of the Aurora Project is complete. The new Purple Pear restaurant opens to "Refuel. Refresh. Revive."
September 25, 2017
Phase 2 of the Aurora Project begins with the shut down of the Space Gallery and the Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre.
May 20, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits with families at the science centre.
August 3, 2018
Phase 2 of the Aurora Project is complete. The new world-leading planetarium, the Zeidler Dome and the reimagined S.P.A.C.E. (Stars, Planets, Astronauts, Comets, etc.) Gallery opens.